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  • BINDING : HARDBACK

    AUTHOR : JEFF KINNEY

    PAGES : 224

    AGE : 8 – 12 YEARS

    PUBLISHER : PENGUIN BOOKS

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  • Timelines of Everyone

    Get the inside track on the incredible lives of history’s biggest names, from William Shakespeare to Oprah Winfrey, and Anne Frank to Julius Caesar.

    More than 150 visual timelines take you on unforgettable journeys through the lives of the great, the terrible, and the overlooked people of world history.

    Following on from the smash hit Timelines of Everything, this fascinating new children’s book focuses squarely on the biographies of a myriad of movers and shakers across millennia. It covers a diverse array of kings and queens, humanitarians, scientists, inventors, explorers, activists, writers, artists, and more, from across the globe.

    Timelines of Everyone reveals not just the incredible achievements, contributions, and adventures of historical figures, but the lesser-known events that shaped them too, from childhood into old age. Did you know that West African ruler Mansa Musa was the richest person ever to have lived? Or that Hollywood screen legend Hedy Lamarr invented technology that would one day develop into WiFi? Or how about the fact that Einstein’s last words were lost because his nurse didn’t speak German?

    Filled with easy-to-understand timelines, vibrant illustrations, and a diverse range of influential people, Timelines of Everyone is the must-have guide to the world’s must-know names.

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  • The Sentinel

    The edge-of-your-seat, heart-in-mouth new Jack Reacher thriller for 2020 – his 25th adventure. No one’s bigger than Jack Reacher.

    Jack Reacher gets off the bus in a sleepy no-name town outside Nashville, Tennessee. He plans to grab a cup of coffee and move right along.

    Not going to happen.

    The town has been shut down by a cyber attack. At the centre of it all, whether
    he likes it or not, is Rusty Rutherford. He’s an average IT guy, but he knows more than he thinks.

    As the bad guys move in on Rusty, Reacher moves in on them . . .

    And now Rusty knows he’s protected, he’s never going to leave the big man’s side.

    Reacher might just have to stick around and find out what the hell’s gone wrong . . . and then put it right, like only he can.

    ***

    ‘Jack Reacher is today’s James Bond, a thriller hero we can’t get enough of.’ Ken Follett

    ‘If you haven’t read any Jack Reacher, you have a treat in store . . . a hitchhiker without a phone, a one-man force for good.’ – The Times

    ‘A contemporary version of the knight in shining armour . . . Reacher is a mythic figure.’ Literary Review

    ‘Jack Reacher is a wonderfully epic hero; tough, taciturn, yet vulnerable… Irresistible.’ People

    ‘Jack Reacher has long since earned his prominent place in the pantheon of cool, smart-talking American heroes.’ New York Times

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  • Troy

    The story of Troy speaks to all of us – the kidnapping of Helen, a queen celebrated for her beauty, sees the Greeks launch a thousand ships against the city of Troy, to which they will lay siege for ten whole years. It is a terrible war with casualties on all sides as well as strained relations between allies, whose consequences become tragedies.

    In Troy you will find heroism and hatred, love and loss, revenge and regret, desire and despair. It is these human passions, written bloodily in the sands of a distant shore, that still speak to us today.

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  • Once Upon a Space-Time!

    From the author of the New York Times bestselling Jedi Academy books comes the first in a hilarious space-themed graphic novel series.

    Jide and Petra are just two normal kids until they are selected to leave Earth and join their new alien classmates on an intergalactic research mission to Mars. Too bad Petra has no idea how she ended up in the program, seeing as the closest she wants to get to space is being a sci-fi writer. Jide, on the other hand, is the brains of the mission, but his helicopter parents make it clear he hasn’t left their gravitational pull behind quite yet.

    What is meant to be an intra-species bonding experience soon turns to hijinx as the kids discover The Potato orbiting around their new space classroom and accidentally launch a mission of their own without any adult commanders around to supervise–or help!

    From New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Brown comes an out-of-this-world adventure perfect for the astronaut-in-training in your life.

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  • This contemporary middle-grade graphic novel about family and belonging from New York Times bestselling author Lucy Knisley is a perfect read for fans of Awkward and Be Prepared.

    Jen is used to not getting what she wants. So suddenly moving the country and getting new stepsisters shouldn’t be too much of a surprise.

    Jen did not want to leave the city. She did not want to move to a farm with her mom and her mom’s new boyfriend, Walter. She did not want to leave her friends and her dad.

    Most of all, Jen did not want to get new “sisters,” Andy and Reese.

    As if learning new chores on Peapod Farm wasn’t hard enough, having to deal with perfect-at-everything Andy might be the last straw for Jen. Besides cleaning the chicken coop, trying to keep up with the customers at the local farmers’ market, and missing her old life, Jen has to deal with her own insecurities about this new family . . . and where she fits in.

    New York Times bestselling author Lucy Knisley brings to life a story inspired from her own childhood in an amazing journey of unlikely friends, sisters, and home.

    “Funny, sweet, and real.” -Jennifer & Matthew Holm, co-creators of the bestselling Babymouse series

    “This book is gorgeous. Highly recommended.” -Kristen Gudsnuk, creator of Making Friends

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  • Inventors

    Step into Leonardo da Vinci’s workshop, relax on board Hideo Shima’s speedy bullet train, and join movie star Hedy Lamarr to bounce ideas around in between takes.

    Inventors looks at the towering achievements of more than 50 inventors in great detail. From Lizzie Magie, who came up with the idea for the game Monopoly, but had it stolen, to the ancient Turkish polymath Ismail al-Jazari, who decided the best way to power a clock was with a model elephant, to Richard Turere, the Maasai inventor who created a lion-scaring device when he was just 13 years old – the inventors of this book have all used buckets-full of creativity to find ways to improve our world.

    Each page is packed with jaw-dropping facts, with every inventor’s achievements written as a story. Professor Robert Winston’s beautiful descriptions of the inventors’ lives are brought to life through stunning illustrations by Jessamy Hawke and fantastic photography highlights the detail of their designs.The inventors come from all walks of life and parts of the world, making this the perfect book for every budding inventor.

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  • War

    Follow the epic 5,000-year story of warfare – from the earliest battles to the War on Terror – with this guided tour of every major conflict.

    Combining a clear and compelling historical narrative with a wealth of fascinating eyewitness accounts and photography throughout, this is the ultimate guide to the history of military conflict, from the armies of ancient
    Egypt to the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq, and the ongoing Yemeni civil war.

    War explores the battles, the warriors, the tactics, and the weapons and technology that have shaped conflict worldwide. Lavishly illustrated with paintings, photographs, artefacts, and maps, this book offers a uniquely detailed and visually rich view of all major aspects of human conflict.

    Whether on the bloody battlefields of the ancient world or in the modern era of drones and laser-guided missiles, this is the complete story of the wars that have shaped our world.

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  • Who Was Kobe Bryant?

    Told in a new Who HQ NOW format for trending topics, this Who Was? biography details NBA superstar Kobe Bryant’s legendary career and the impact of his legacy on the sports world and beyond.

    Kobe Bryant was just an eighteen-year-old high-school basketball player when he decided to enter the National Basketball Association’s draft. Though he was the thirteenth overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets, he would never play a single game for them. Instead, Kobe was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he would spend his entire twenty-season career, winning five championships and numerous awards. Author Ellen Labreque takes readers through each exciting moment, from his iconic dunks to his 81-point game–all the milestones that span Kobe Bryant’s legendary career and legacy.

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  • Pacey Packer: Unicorn Tracker Book 1

    Introducing a brand-new middle-grade graphic novel series with attitude that’s just right for fans of Babymouse and Real Friends, and for anyone who loves–or hates!–unicorns!

    Pacey’s little sister, Mina, has always said her stuffed unicorn, Slasher, is real–but seriously? He’s a stuffed toy! Then again, he does seem to be leading Mina outside her room and to . . . some kind of weird magical unicorn land? Pacey may not believe in unicorns, but she’s not about to let her little sister be kidnapped, so she does the only thing she can: follows them to unicorn land (that she totally does NOT believe in). And for the record, it’s NOTHING like the stories. First off, what’s up with Slasher’s attitude? It’s not Pacey’s fault he’s trapped in a ridiculous stuffed body. And that Alpha Unicorn guy? NOT. Nice. Pacey will just be grabbing Mina and taking her home, thankyouverymuch . . . that is, if she can work with the grumpiest unicorn stuffy ever to outsmart the Evil Alpha Unicorn and find the way out–preferably without stepping on any poisonous killer flowers. (WHAT IS WITH THIS PLACE ANYWAY?!)

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  • In the tradition of Indiana Jones and The Goonies, the next installment of this comedic adventure series sends young Addison and his friends on the run from fortune hunters linked to an ancient Cooke clan curse.

    Soon after the disappearance of his aunt Delia and uncle Nigel outside the tomb of notorious Mongolian leader Genghis Khan, amateur archeologist Addison Cooke, his sister Molly, and their best friends Raj and Eddie, embark on another globe-trotting adventure.

    When a mysterious package arrives on Addison’s doorstep, criminals and fortune-hunters from around the world are suddenly hunting the Cooke family. Addison and team will travel to London, Paris, Istanbul, and beyond, on the run for their lives to unravel the mystery of the package, find out what really happened to Aunt Delia and Uncle Nigel, and come face-to-face with the terrifying Vrolock Malazar. But Addison and the team find there are dangerous secrets about his aunt and uncle’s pasts and hidden truths about the Cooke clan that must be uncovered.

    Addison Cooke and the Ring of Destiny is full of nonstop laughs and heart-pounding action, perfect for fans of James Patterson’s Treasure Hunters series, Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, and Peter Lerangis’s Seven Wonders series.

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  • Warrior. Princess. Hero. Diana’s destiny is to be the world’s greatest female super hero… if she can survive this action-packed adventure!

    Young Princess Diana is fierce and whip-smart, and she loves her island home of Themyscira. Her deepest wish is to be able to train with the rest of the Amazons and protect her homeland–but she’s told it’s out of the question. This is the year Diana hopes to persuade her mother, Queen Hippolyta, to let her learn how to fight when the world’s most powerful women gather on Themyscira for a festival to celebrate their different cultures.

    But at the start of the festivities, an unexpected and forbidden visitor–a boy!–brings news of an untold danger that threatens Themyscira and all of its sacred neighboring lands. It’s up to Diana and her best friend, Princess Sakina, to save them, even if it means tangling with a cunning demon who reveals that a terrifying force is out to capture Diana against her will.

    In the first of three high-octane, breathtaking Wonder Woman Adventures, Diana finally gets the chance to prove her worth as a warrior and save not just her friends and family but their entire way of life. As long as she can make it out alive herself….

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  • From two-time Olympic bronze medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani comes a fun-filled, fast-paced middle-grade mystery set at the Tokyo Olympics.

    Andy and Mika are going to Tokyo!

    The Kudo Kids have never been to Japan before, so they can’t believe they get to attend the Summer Olympics there. The siblings plan to eat tons of delicious Japanese food, watch every event they can, and win a super-popular new game called OlympiFan.

    Developed by a mysterious former medalist, OlympiFan brings players together from all over the world to search Tokyo for virtual medals and clues to the secretive creator’s identity. Andy loves puzzles, and he’s determined to crack this one, especially since the winning team will get to be beta testers for the Masked Medalist’s future games!

    Mika wants to find as many clues as she can, but she also has a secret goal of her own–one that could get her into big trouble. But when someone sabotages the game, the Kudo Kids have an even bigger mystery to solve than the Masked Medalist’s identity. If they want to capture the gold, Mika and Andy have to figure out who’s trying to stop their team before someone beats them to the grand prize!

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  • Read the graphic novel that Caldecott medal-winning illustrator, Dan Santat, calls, “An edge-of-your-seat thriller!”

    Ever Barnes is a shy orphan guarding a secret in an amazing puzzle box of a building.

    Most of the young women who work at the building’s Switchboard Operating Facility, which connects the whole city of Oskar, look the other way as Ever roams around in the shadows. But one of them, Lisa, keeps an eye on the boy. So does the head of the Switchboard, Madame Alexander . . . a rather sharp eye.

    Enter Hannah, the spunky daughter of the building’s owner. She thinks Ever needs a friend, even if he doesn’t know it yet.

    Good thing she does!

    Lisa and Madame Alexander are each clearly up to something.

    Ever is beset by a menacing band of rogues looking to unlock the secret he holds–at any cost.

    And whatever is hidden deep in the Switchboard building will determine all of their futures.

    On a journey that twists and turns as much as the mechanical building Ever Barnes calls home, he and his new friend Hannah have to ­ and out what’s really going on in this mysterious city of secrets . . . or else!

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  • Discover what lives and grows in the Congo Basin in Central Africa, one of the planet’s most remarkable regions.

    Running through six countries in the middle of Africa, the Congo Basin contains some of the largest tropical rainforests in the world. Dealing with present-day issues of climate change, it is home to bonobo apes, mountain gorillas, forest elephants, and more.

    With details about the exploration (and exploitation) by the European colonialists and the aftermath of their arrival in the Congo, this book will give readers a better understanding of the second largest rainforest in the world.

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  • Whether you call it football or soccer, there’s no disputing that David Beckham is one of the best players in the history of the game!

    Whenever a young David Beckham was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he’d always answer with the same response: I want to be a footballer. This English native got his wish when he joined the Manchester United team in 1991. Since then, he has been crossing, bending, and free-kicking his way to stardom. In his twenty-year career as a professional soccer player, he has won nineteen major trophies, and appeared at three FIFA World Cup tournaments.

    David Beckham has become an international cultural icon for his soccer skills, his charity work, and his fashionable wife and family. Young soccer fans are in for a treat with this Who HQ book.

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  • The only instructional book on watercolour you will ever need.

    Trying your hand at watercolour painting? Or looking to advance your range of artistic skills?

    Watercolour Techniques for Artists and Illustrators is for you.

    Beginning with the basics – such as honing your observational skills, choosing a subject, and learning about composition – it then takes a comprehensive, in-depth look at techniques to expand your repertoire.

    With expert advice from artists and illustrators working across a range of styles – from classic to cutting-edge contemporary – this book will equip you with the skills and confidence to develop your own style and grow as an artist.

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  • Travel back in time and witness both everyday life and great moments in history in this fascinating compilation of diaries through the ages.

    Bringing together historical and literary diaries, artists’ sketchbooks, explorers’ journals, and scientists’ notebooks, Great Diaries provides an intimate insight into the lives and thoughts of some of the most interesting people of the last two thousand years. Discover what it was like to build a pyramid, sail the seas with Magellan, travel into the heart of Africa, or serve on the Western Front. Find out how writers and artists planned their masterpieces, and how scientists developed their groundbreaking theories.

    Arranged chronologically, Great Diaries takes you into the pages of the world’s greatest diaries, notebooks, and letters, including those of Samuel Pepys, Henry-David Thoreau, the Goncourt brothers, Virginia Woolf, and Anne Frank. Stunning reproductions of the original notebooks and manuscripts are complemented by extracts and quotations, and illustrated features set the diaries in their cultural and historical context.

    Essential reading for everyone who is passionate about history and literature, Great Diaries provides a fascinating insight into the everyday lives, thoughts, and feelings of men and women through the centuries.

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  • Discover how humans created their world from the objects they left behind – from the US Constitution to the first iPhone – in DK’s latest history book.

    From the beginning of human history, the one thing that has defined us is our talent for making things, from basic technology and everyday objects, such as bowls and hand axes, to high-tech inventions, such as supersonic aircraft, smart devices, and Mars rovers.

    Objects speak volumes about a civilization, telling us how our ancestors lived – as well as what they believed in and valued. A bronze cat mummy shows us how highly the ancient Egyptians valued their feline companions, while a mechanical tiger toy tells the story of rising tensions between an Indian sultan and European colonisers. With stunning, specially commissioned photography, Civilization shows you the objects that our ancestors treasured – from the jewellery worn by the Mesopotamians to the prized ritual vessels used by the people of the Shang dynasty – and gives you an insight into what gave each culture its own identity.

    From astrolabes and aeroplanes to vacuum cleaners and X-rays, DK uses its hallmark visual style to weave the extraordinary legacy of our creativity into a unique view of world history that will change the way you see the objects all around us.

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