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Biography/Autobiography

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  • Discover the inspiring story of Jesse Owens – African-American track-and-field athlete and Olympic gold medalist – in this fascinating kids’ biography.

    Jesse Owens is one of the most famous athletes of all time, but he experienced discrimination throughout his athletic career, such as having to stay at a different hotel to his teammates, because of the colour of his skin. However, he went on to win an incredible four gold medals at the Berlin 1936 Olympic Games.

    This biography, ideal for kids aged 8-11, charts the major events of Jesse’s life; from his childhood growing up on a farm in Alabama before his family moved to Ohio in search of better opportunities, to the beginning of his running career and years as a world record-breaking student athlete while working part-time jobs, all the way to the Olympics and beyond.

    DK Life Stories goes beyond the basic facts to tell the true life stories of history’s most inspiring people. Full-colour photographs and hand-drawn illustrations complement age-appropriate, narrative text. Definition boxes, information sidebars, and inspiring quotes add depth, while a handy reference section at the back makes DK Life Stories the one biography series everyone will want to collect.

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  • Greta Thunberg is an activist best known for calling attention to the devastating effects of climate change on our planet. A bold voice even against people that want to silence her, Greta has become a source of inspiration for millions of people who want to work towards tackling the climate crisis.

    From taking part in school strikes and owning that her Asperger syndrome is her superpower, to crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a powerful stand against carbon emissions, this is the incredible story of a schoolgirl who is changing the world.

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    Packed full of incredible stories, fantastic facts and dynamic illustrations, Extraordinary Lives shines a light on important modern and historical figures from all over the world.

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  • From growing up in India and studying in London to becoming a political activist in South Africa and taking on the battle for independence in India, Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy has lived on well beyond his years.

    Read the life story of this brilliant, strong-willed and influential man in this beautifully illustrated book, complete with real-life stories, timelines and facts.

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  • Farrokh Bulsara was a little boy growing up in Zanzibar, who was shy and gentle and kind, and sometimes teased for his unusual teeth.

    Farrokh would grow up to become the superstar musician Freddie Mercury, who could hold crowds in the palm of his hand and stun audiences with his musical talent (and who would one day say that those very same teeth are what gave him his distinctive voice and four-octave range).

    This is the story of a man who sang his way to the top, a man whose extraordinary influence on the world is still felt to this day.

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    Packed full of incredible stories, fantastic facts and dynamic illustrations, Extraordinary Lives shines a light on important modern and historical figures from all over the world.

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  • “Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India for over sixteen years, was a brave freedom fighter and a passionate patriot, deeply committed to the honour and integrity of India. She was also a devoted mother and grandmother, who was great fun to be with—she loved books, nature, art, sports and puzzles.

    Born into the illustrious Nehru family in Allahabad, Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi was educated at Santiniketan, Geneva and Oxford, and was determined since childhood to serve the people of India. This biography, with a foreword by Rajiv Gandhi, and illustrated with rare photographs, portrays very simply but eloquently the life of the ‘Iron Lady of India’ from her birth on 19 November 1917 to her
    assassination on 31 October 1984.”

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  • In this kids biography, discover the inspiring story of Nelson Mandela, who became the first black president of South Africa after spending 27 years in prison.

    In 1964, Nelson Mandela was sentenced to a lifetime in jail. His crime? Attempting to overthrow a government that openly discriminated against its black citizens. After spending 27 years behind bars, Mandela was released, allowing him to continue his struggle for equality in South Africa-and to become the country’s first black president. In this biography book for kids ages 8-11, learn all about Mandela’s incredible life, his fight against apartheid, and how he helped bring peace to his nation.

    This new biography series from DK goes beyond the basic facts to tell the true life stories of history’s most interesting people. Full-colour photographs and hand-drawn illustrations complement thoughtfully written, age-appropriate text to create an engaging book children will enjoy reading. Definition boxes, information sidebars, maps, inspiring quotes, and other nonfiction text features add depth, and a handy reference section at the back makes this the one biography series everyone will want to collect. Each book also includes an author’s introduction letter, a glossary, and an index.

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  • In this biography for kids, discover the inspiring story of Jane Goodall, whose work with chimpanzees changed the way we understand animals and ourselves.

    Jane Goodall was a pioneer of primatology through her groundbreaking work with chimpanzees in Africa.

    When she embarked on her career, women were discouraged from conducting scientific research, especially when that work meant living side by side with wild animals. A self-taught scientist, Jane bravely ventured out into the bush of Tanzania to learn about the secret world of chimpanzees.

    Discover how, through perseverance and perceptive observation, she gained access to these elusive creatures and discovered that they are not so different from us.

    Life Stories is an inspirational new biography series from DK that goes beyond the basic facts to tell the true life stories of history’s most interesting people.

    Full-colour photographs and fun hand-drawn illustrations complement thoughtfully written, age-appropriate text to create an engaging book children will enjoy reading. These in-depth biographies feature maps, inspirational quotes, and information sidebars that expand on fascinating topics mentioned in the main story. A handy reference section at the back explains key terms, with definition boxes popping up throughout the text.

    Coming in an array of colourful covers, this is the one biography series everyone will want to collect.

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  • Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was born to Dalit parents at Mhow, Madhya Pradesh. Being born an untouchable, did not prevent Ambedkar from studying in the best schools and universities, where he distinguished himself in spite of all the challenges he faced. Having been discriminated against at a young age, Ambedkar was resilient in making his visions for an equal nation that valued plurality, come true. As chairman of the drafting committee of the Indian Constitution, he played a pivotal role in the making of this great nation, which is remembered with reverence, even today.

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  • With role models such as Tagore and Vivekananda and lore of Ram, Krishna, Meera Bai, Gautam Buddha and Chanakya, let the child explore the world of poets and saints and prophets through these beautifully illustrated books.

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  • With role models such as Tagore and Vivekananda and lore of Ram, Krishna, Meera Bai, Gautam Buddha and Chanakya, let the child explore the world of poets and saints and prophets through these beautifully illustrated books.

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  • With role models such as Tagore and Vivekananda and lore of Ram, Krishna, Meera Bai, Gautam Buddha and Chanakya, let the child explore the world of poets and saints and prophets through these beautifully illustrated books.

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  • The Last Prophet traces the journey of a boy orphaned at birth. Yet the boy grew up to be a man of integrity and truth. At 40, he was pronounced the last prophet of Islam with the beginning of the revelation of the Quran. The Last Prophet provides an insight into the world of the Messenger who gave us a way of life.

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  • Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel, popularly known as Sardar Patel, was the first Deputy Prime Minister of India. He was a barrister of repute and a man who played a leading role in the creation of India as we know it today. His integrity and character earned him the title ‘Iron Man of India’ as he left no stone unturned to unify India into one nation through excellent statesmanship, leadership, negotiating powers and sheer determination. His commitment to a unified India is the reason India’s flag flies high as the tricolour today where all faiths, castes and creeds enjoy a uniquely harmonious culture.

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  • Albanian-born Roman Catholic nun Mother Teresa also known as the Saint of theGutters, devoted her life to serving the poorest of the poor and the needy. This beautifullyillustrated biography traces her journey as a young teacher to becoming the saviour ofthe underprivileged.Mother Teresa’s life and labour bore witness to the joy of loving, the greatness and dignityof every person, the value of little things done faithfully and with love and the outstandingworth of faith in God. Her service to mankind is immense: she had established homes,shelters, hospitals and treatment centres for the dying, abandoned and sick. This muchhonoured personality left a legacy of unshakable faith, invincible hope and extraordinarycharity. Her grit and determination in helping the helpless still inspires millions of peoplefrom around the world.

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  • Jawaharlal Nehru, fondly remembered as chacha Nehru by the children of India, was the country’s first Prime Minister. He played a stellar role in India’s freedom movement and was the architect of modern India. He was an outstanding speaker, excellent diplomat and a popular Writer. He held Many important political posts and won several awards including the prestigious Bharat Ratna. This Illustrated biography gives an insight in to the life of a great political Leader.

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  • With role models such as Tagore and Vivekananda and lore of Ram, Krishna, Meera Bai, Gautam Buddha and Chanakya, let the child explore the world of poets and saints and prophets through these beautifully illustrated books.

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  • Life story of Munshi Premchand— his difficult and lonely childhood, his love for reading, the beginning of his writing career, his trysts with destiny and how he came to be known as the Upanyas Samrat or the king of novels. It walks you through the life of this great writer who fought his way through every problem to stand by his beliefs.

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  • Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was rightfully called ‘Mahatma’: The Great Soul. He helped India attain independence from British rule through non-violent resistance. Indians honour Gandhi as the ‘Father of the Nation’. Mahatma Gandhi introduced the principles of non-violence, courage and truth, known as ‘Satyagraha’, influencing political activists throughout the world. His concepts of simple living and high thinking still continue to inspire people. Learn more about his ideals in this fascinating large print book.

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  • With role models such as Tagore and Vivekananda and lore of Ram, Krishna, Meera Bai, Gautam Buddha and Chanakya, let the child explore the world of poets and saints and prophets through these beautifully illustrated books.

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  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The name alone sent shivers down the spine of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, and his generals. The ruler of the Maratha Confederacy, Shivaji was one of the greatest Kings of India, whose guerilla warfare tactics changed the course of mountain warfare strategies. Outwitting the Mughals in numerous ways, Shivaji proved himself to be one of the greatest sons of the soil of India. Read about his exploits in this book, specially illustrated in the style of miniature paintings.

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