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Children can enjoy learning about our past with Book People's hand-picked range of historical books for kids. Covering all the major events, we also have a selection of historical stories for kids.

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Historical Stories for Kids

  • Boudica's Army

    Hilary McKay

    Product Code: CCYTI
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    I Was There... is a perfect introduction for younger readers into stories from the past, allowing children to imagine that they were really there. I Was There... Boudica's Army is a fast-paced and fascinating account of a young girl in the Iceni tribe in AD 60. As Queen Boudica leads her people to march on Roman-occupied Colchester, young Kassy's beloved pony, Honey, is stolen away and taken towar. Will Kassy be able to find her and bring her home safely? Brilliantly reimagined, readers aged 7+ will love this vivid first-hand account of a child's experience of life in ancient Britain.
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  • The Egyptian Enchantment a Lottie Lipton Adventure

    Dan Metcalf

    Product Code: APXRP
    Paperback 7 years +
    Welcome to the British Museum, home to Lottie Lipton: nine-year-old investigator extraordinaire! Lottie loves helping her Great Uncle Bert with his new exhibits at the British Museum. But when she reads a magic spell that brings to life twenty mischievous Egyptian shabtis, the museum ends up in a complete mess! Can Lottie, Great Uncle Bert and Reg the caretaker track down the chaotic shabtis before they destroy the whole museum? Perfect for developing and newly confident readers, Lottie Lipton Adventures are packed with action, adventure and puzzles for the reader to solve.
  • 1066: The Norman Conquest

    Jim Eldridge

    Product Code: BZIQM
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    I Was There... is a perfect introduction for younger readers into stories from the past, allowing children to imagine that they were really there. I Was There... 1066 tells the thrilling story of a young page boy at the heart of the Battle of Hastings. Edwin risks everything to infiltrate the Norman army and find out William of Normany's plans for King Harold. Brilliantly reimagined, readers aged 7+ will love this vivid and exciting first-hand account of the last successful military invasion of England.
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  • The Scroll of Alexandria a Lottie Lipton Adventure

    Dan Metcalf

    Product Code: APXRO
    Paperback 7 years +
    Welcome to the British Museum, home to Lottie Lipton: nine-year-old investigator extraordinaire! Lottie loves the Great Library and all the beautiful books that fill it. But the money hungry Head Curator of the British Museum, Sir Trevelyan Taylor wants to sell all of the ancient books to the highest bider. The missing scroll of Alexandria is the only thing that can prove that the books must stay in the museum. Can Lottie, Great Uncle Bert and Reg the caretaker follow the clues and track down the missing scroll before it's too late? Perfect for developing and newly confident readers, Lottie Lipton Adventures are packed with action, adventure and puzzles for the reader to solve.
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  • Tutankhamun's Tomb

    Sue Reid

    Product Code: CCYYI
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    I Was There... is a perfect introduction for younger readers into stories from the past, allowing children to imagine that they were really there. I Was There... Tutankhamun's Tomb tells the thrilling story of a young Egyptian boy assisting Howard Carter's team of archaeologists in 1922 as they make a life-changing discovery in the Valley of the Kings. Brilliantly reimagined, readers aged 7+ will love this vivid first-hand account of a child's experience of one of history's most exciting archaeological finds. The perfect read for children intrigued by all things Ancient Egypt.
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  • The Curse of the Cairo Cat a Lottie Lipton Adventure

    Dan Metcalf

    Product Code: AOHGS
    Paperback 7 years +
    Welcome to the British Museum, home to Lottie Lipton: nine-year-old investigator extraordinaire! Lottie loves living in the museum with Great Uncle Bert but, when the Golden Cat of Cairo disappears at the launch of a new exhibition, Lottie's home is under threat. Can Lottie, Great Uncle Bert and Reg the caretaker follow the clues and find the cat in time, or will Lottie lose her home forever? Perfect for developing and newly confident readers, Lottie Lipton Adventures are packed with action, adventure and puzzles for the reader to solve.
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  • The Magic Tree House 1

    Mary Pope Osborne

    Product Code: AMMME
    Paperback 5 years +
    Eight-year-old Jack and his little sister, Annie, are playing in the woods during their summer holiday, when they find a mysterious tree house full of books. But these are no ordinary books ...And this is no ordinary tree house ...Jack and Annie get more than they had bargined for when Jack opens a book about dinosaurs and wishes he could see them for real. They end up in prehistoric times with Pteranodons, Triceratops and a huge Tyrannosaurus Rex! How will they get home again? The race is on ...!
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  • Viking Invasion

    Stuart Hill

    Product Code: CCYYF
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    I Was There... is a perfect introduction for younger readers into stories from the past, allowing children to imagine that they were really there. I Was There... Viking Invasion is an exciting account of a young boy helping to defend his village against fearsome Viking invaders. Brilliantly reimagined, readers aged 7+ will love this vivid first-hand account of a child's experience of the Vikings.
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  • Cleopatra: One Cool Queen

    Margaret Simpson

    Product Code: CCYRH
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    Everybody knows that Cleopatra is the most famous of all of Egypt's queens and that she had a nasty accident with a snake. But did you also know that Cleopatra: Married both her brothers? Had her younger sister killed? Everything you would ever want to know about Cleopatra!
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  • The Eagle of Rome a Lottie Lipton Adventure

    Dan Metcalf

    Product Code: AULWH
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    Welcome to the British Museum, home to Lottie Lipton: nine-year-old investigator extraordinaire! When a collection of Roman treasures comes to the museum, Lottie, Uncle Bert and Reg discover the legendary code of the Ninth Legion's Golden Eagle. Can Lottie and her friends break the code and find the treasure before a ruthless treasure hunter gets his hands on it? Perfect for developing and newly confident readers, Lottie Lipton Adventures are packed with action, adventure and puzzles for the reader to solve.
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  • The Sewer Demon

    Caroline Lawrence

    Product Code: AETBU
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    At the end of book 17 of the Roman Mysteries, Caroline Lawrence introduced us to Threptus - a young beggar boy. In this fun and fabulous new series, Threptus starts work with his mentor - the soothsayer, Floridius - and together they must solve their first mystery...Can they rid a rich woman's house of the demon that haunts it in the dead of night? What is the true nature of the demon? And is it really a supernatural being? Threptus is a brave, funny and loveable hero and each story is a mini-mystery perfect for readers aged 7 up.
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  • The Town Mouse and the Spartan House

    Terry Deary

    Product Code: AQAHW
    Paperback 7 years +
    430 BC. Darius has been orphaned by the plague in Athens. To escape the sickness he runs off to join his Uncle Alcmaeon who is a general with the Spartan army. But he finds the Spartan way of life quite shocking. To the arrogant and ruthless Spartans, he is as worthless as a mouse. Then his uncle falls sick and only Darius can find a cure. Now Darius is a hero and his uncle offers him a life of luxury in Sparta. Still Darius finds the brutal Sparta too much and wants to go back to plague-stricken Athens. As Aesop said, 'Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.'
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  • Pandora's Box: A Bloomsbury Reader

    Rose Impey

    Product Code: CDAWN
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    A beautiful retelling of a classic Greek myth, perfect for fans of Geraldine McCaughrean. When the world was new and the gods ruled the whole of Earth, a large wooden chest was sent to a newly-married couple with a warning not to open it. The chest was hidden away with the thought 'out of sight, out of mind'. But curiosity is a powerful thing and it can't hurt to have one little look... can it? This retelling of the classic Greek myth from Rose Impey has engaging black-and-white illustrations by Peter Bailey and is perfect for children who are developing as readers. The Bloomsbury Readers series is packed with brilliant books to get children reading independently in Key Stage 2, with book-banded stories by award-winning authors like double Carnegie Medal winner Geraldine McCaughrean and Waterstones Prize winner Patrice Lawrence covering a wide range of genres and topics. With charming illustrations and online guided reading notes by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), this series is ideal for reading both in the classroom and at home. For more information visit www.bloomsburyguidedreading.com. Book Band: Brown Ideal for ages 7+
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  • Reading Champion: The Blitz Baby

    Damian Harvey

    Product Code: CCJCP
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    During a bombing of Plymouth in World War II, a German plane is shot down near Jenny and Thomas's house. They set off to find the plane, but they hear something and decide to investigate first. They are soon in grave danger, needing help from the last source they would expect. This first colour chapter book is a perfectly levelled, accessible text for key stage 2 readers aged 9-10. Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and activities to provoke deeper response and encourage writing. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.
  • Stone Age Adventures: Beware of Bears!

    Vivian French

    Product Code: AWIVK
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    Vivian French introduces us to a world of stone age chaos as we follow the adventures of Pod, Pim and Little Nut. Join this quirky Stone Age family on a night fishing adventure. Tall Cousin and Pod have gone off to fish. Little Nut follows, so Pod joins in too. There's trouble when a hungry bear appears! Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading.
  • Secrets of the Stone a Lottie Lipton Adventure

    Dan Metcalf

    Product Code: AOHGR
    Paperback 7 years +
    Welcome to the British Museum, home to Lottie Lipton: nine-year-old investigator extraordinaire! After a late night break-in at the British Museum, Lottie, Great Uncle Bert and Reg the caretaker discover a mysterious clue on the Rosetta Stone that will lead them to the legendary Trident of Neptune. Can the group solve the clue and find the Trident before the canny thief, Bloomsbury Bill, beats them to it? Perfect for developing and newly confident readers, Lottie Lipton Adventures are packed with action, adventure and puzzles for the reader to solve.
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  • Magic Tree House 11

    Mary Pope Osborne

    Product Code: AMMKH
    Paperback 5 years +
    Whisked away to Africa on this adventure in the tree house, Jack and Annie cannot believe all the wild animals they see. They end up showering with elephants, helping wildebeests cross the river and they have a picnic with a maasi warrior! But when their route back to the tree house is blocked by some scary lions they need to come up with a clever plan of escape - and fast!
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  • Magic Tree House 6

    Mary Pope Osborne

    Product Code: AMMKE
    Paperback 5 years +
    Eight-year-old Jack and his little sister, Annie, are playing in the woods during their summer holiday, when they find a mysterious tree house full of books. But these are no ordinary books ...And this is no ordinary tree house ...Jack and Annie might be on their scariest adventure yet - on the Amazon river! There are army ants, jaguars and piranas as well as vampire bats, snakes and even crocodiles! And they've still got to find another clue to help rescue Morgan, the owner of the Magic Tree House. For a while, Jack and Annie are worried that they might be stuck in the rain forest for ever ...But the over-active monkey they meet turns out to be friendlier than they first thought!
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  • Magic Tree House 9

    Mary Pope Osborne

    Product Code: AMMKD
    Paperback 5 years +
    After a break from their trips in the tree house, Jack and Annie are delighted to find that it's back! Morgan le Fay needs their help, but they'll have to become Master Librarians first, and that means solving four riddles. For the first one, Morgan sends them deep into the middle of the ocean. Jack and Annie ride in a mini-sub and meet jellyfish, sea horses and an octopus. But there are some scary sharks in the deep and the friendly dolphins have to come to the rescue...
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  • Magic Tree House

    Mary Pope Osborne

    Product Code: AMMJZ
    Paperback 5 years +
    Jack and Annie are on very thin ice! Morgan Le Fay, the magical librarian sends the children and the treehouse to the Arctic and tells them she'll send somebody to meet them there. But they're surrounded by ice and snow and there are huskies and polar bears all around them too - will they freeze to death first?
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  • The Poisoned Honey Cake

    Caroline Lawrence

    Product Code: AETBT
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    Floridius, freelance soothsayer, is afraid that he has lost his talent for seeing the future. Threptus wants to find some titbits of information that his mentor can use to convince people he still has the gift, but will a poisoned honey cake lead to disaster along the way? Join Threptus and Floridius on their hilarious and action-packed adventures among Rome's superstitious underclass, and don't miss this ruder, funnier and still historically accurate companion to The Roman Mysteries.
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  • Mary Queen of Scots: Born to Rule

    Margaret Simpson

    Product Code: CCYRL
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    Everyone's heard of Mary, Queen of Scots. She is famous forhaving terrible taste in husbands, rotting awayin Elizabeth I's prison and totally losing her head - on the chopping block. But did you know that Mary was: Actually really tall?Had a charmed childhood? Got kidnapped by a murderous lord? Everything you could ever want to know about Mary, Queen of Scots!
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  • Alone in the Trenches

    Vince Cross

    Product Code: CCYRE
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    I Was There... is a perfect introduction for younger readers into stories from the past, allowing children to imagine that they were really there. I Was There... Alone in the Trenches tells the incredible true story of a young girl lost in the trenches and how the soldiers she met there helped her find her family. Brilliantly reimagined by My Story author, Vince Cross, readers aged 7+ will love this vivid first-hand account of a child's experience of WWI.
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  • Max Tilt: Enter the Core

    Peter Lerangis

    Product Code: BZQCR
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    The New York Times bestselling author of the Seven Wonders series and of books in the 39 Clues series, Peter Lerangis, brings us the final installment of the thrilling Max Tilt trilogy. Max Tilt thinks his luck is finally changing, thanks to his great-great-great-grandfather Jules Verne's unfinished, unpublished manuscript, The Lost Treasures. Using the clues Verne left behind, Max and his cousin Alex were able to bottle the magical healing elements needed to cure his mother's illness just in the nick of time. But then Max and Alex discover that the vials were stolen by their former friend, Bitsy. She has plans to use them to save the world-but her plans might be much more deadly than they seem. And so now it's up to Max and Alex to stop her before it's too late. Working against the odds, the two kids glean clues from one of Verne's best-loved books, Journey to the Center of the Earth. In it, they discover a map to their most dangerous destination yet-the very core of the world. And so now the two cousins are off on their most unlikely, most important quest yet-literally to save the world! It's the final installment of the riveting adventure series from master storyteller and New York Times bestselling author Peter Lerangis.
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Children's historical fiction books

  • Greatest Stories Ever Told Collection by Tony Bradman and Tony Ross
  • Biff, Chip and Kipper Time Chronicles by Roderick Hunt
  • Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
  • The Shakespeare Stories by Andrew Matthews and Tony Ross
  • Goodnight MIster Tom by Michelle Magorian
  • Chrestomanci by Dianna Wynne Jones
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  • Once by Morris Gleitzman
  • Judith Kerr books
  • Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

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