Meet some of history’s most famous and interesting characters in this book that visits key moments of the past from around the world. When young Augustus falls asleep in history class, Professor Tempo decides to teach him a lesson and show him that history isn’t boring at all!

She hands him a magic diary, all he needs to do is write the time and place to travel there. Together they head out on a exciting tour of history through the ages to meet some of the world’s finest explorers, inventors, leaders, writers, composers and painters, including Albert Einstein, Mozart, Louis XIV, Shakespeare, Leonardo Da Vinci, Christopher Columbus Genghis Khan, Emperor Titus in Rome, athletes at the very first Olympic Games, Tutankhamen in Egypt and even Palaeolithic man as he discovers fire.

Each double page spread introduces a different time and place, with an introduction from Augustus which explains the sights and sounds, and captions from the Professor which provide key facts. A character index at the rear gives a short biography of all the historical characters covered, and a timeline helps to better understand the different time periods covered.

 

Cato Hopkins is the youngest member of Mother Hopkins’s ‘family’ – a group of skilled fraudsters and pickpockets. There’s Addy, who can become a very convincing boy when she needs to; the beautiful Bella, who can charm any rich young man out of his fortune; Sam, an escaped slave and Cato himself, a young boy, who Mother Hopkins has taught everything she knows.

But old age is slowing Mother Hopkins down, and she wants to carry out one last con, a con to outdo all the cons that have gone before. And so the gang set about bringing ruin upon Captain Walker, a proud and cruel slave captain, who deserves to be taught a lesson or two . . .

Lindy, her mother and boy cousin Cameron sail across the U-boat-infested Atlantic Ocean in the early days of WWII, to a new life in the Canadian prairies.

There in well-lit, ration-free, safe and kindly Saskatoon, they must each make their own adjustments and face their own challenges, while back home their loved ones are suffering bombing and shortages.

‘This is our war-work,’ says Lindy’s mum, “to come through this with honour.”

This is an intensely personal and vivid story of two boys: one black, one white. Once they were friends even though their circumstances are very different. But in a country riven by fear and prejudice, even the best of friends can betray one another . . .

 

Born in Kent, in 1888, Walter Tull became not just the first black British professional outfield football player – for Tottenham Hotspur and Northampton Town – but also the first black officer in the British Army.

His leadership and courage in the trenches of the First World War won him a recommendation for a Military Cross that was never awarded because of his skin colour.

His story takes the reader from his childhood in an orphanage, through his footballing years, to his eventual tragic death, aged 29, on the Somme. His legacy lives on.

In this first adventure they accidentally fall into a ‘sinkhole’ that transports them back to ancient Rome where their adventures begin as Charlie searches for this dog.

Charlie is befriended by a young Roman called Cosmo: he must help his new friend win a chariot race before he can return home.

The style and storyline are witty and appealing to all reading abilities. The context is eduactional and after the story, readers can delve into Charlie’s notebook, filled with all sorts of information and sketches about ancient Rome that Charlie has collected just in case he ever goes back.

A young boy, Atir, takes care of Zeraffa on her epic journey from Africa, up the Nile river, across the Mediterranean sea to Paris. But Paris is far. How will she get there? Atir has an idea. As he leads her through the countryside, thousands of people marvel at this strange new creature never seen before. Paris falls in love with Zeraffa. The King builds her a special house in the Jardin des Plantes.

On warm nights, the young princess visits, while Atir whispers stories to Zeraffa of a hot land far away. An amazing story by an award-winning author and the extremely talented illustrator Jane Ray, of a giraffe’s extraordinary journey from Africa to Paris.

…in this inspiring collection of short stories by the finest female authors writing historical fiction for children today The History Girls.

Subjects include: Queen Boudicca, Aethelfled, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Julian of Norwich, Lady Jane Grey, Elizabeth Stuart, Aphra Behn, Mary Wollestonecraft, Mary Anning, Mary Seacole, Emily Davison, Amy Johnson and the Greenham Common women.

Authors: Penny Dolan, Adele Geras, Mary Hoffman, Dianne Hofmeyr, Marie-Louise Jensen, Catherine Johnson, Katherine Langrish, Joan Lennon, Sue Purkiss, Celia Rees, Katherine Roberts, Anne Rooney and Leslie Wilson.

A boy covered in hair, raised as a monster, condemned to life in a travelling freak show. A boy with an extraordinary power of observation and detection. A boy accused of murder; on the run; hungry for the truth. Behold the savage spectacle of Wild Boy. Ladies and Gentlemen, take your seats. The show is about to begin!

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A fiendishly pacy mystery-adventure story set in the seamy, smoggy underworld of Victorian London

Mary is taken to a boat in Plymouth and from there sails to the New World where she hopes to make a new life among the pilgrims. But old superstitions die hard and soon Mary finds that she, like her grandmother, is the victim of ignorance and stupidity, and once more she faces important choices to ensure her survival.