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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

  • The Case of the Missing Treasure: A Murder Most Unladylike Mini Mystery

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: BUOFU
    Paperback 9 years +
    A gripping mini-mystery from the bestselling author of Murder Most Unladylike. 'I, the Honourable Daisy Wells, have decided to give an account of another mystery the Detective Society has faced in recent weeks. It was very exciting, and very heroic, and I was very brilliant and brave...' A daring thief has been robbing London's most famous museums. . . When Daisy's birthday treasure hunt leads them into the path of the culprit, Daisy and Hazel realise where they'll strike next - the British Museum! With help from their friends (and rivals) the Junior Pinkertons, the girls must crack codes, unravel clues and race against time to solve the mystery.
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  • Anglo-Saxon Boy

    Tony Bradman

    Product Code: AXEXE
    Paperback 9 years +
    An action-packed Anglo-Saxon tale of one boy's journey to the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

    1065: Magnus is the son of Harold Godwinson, lord of the Southern Saxons and ruthlessly ambitious claimant to the throne of England. Overnight, Magnus find himself cast centre-stage in the blood-soaked family feud that led to one of history's most famous battles.

    This is the family tragedy behind 1066: live it with Magnus, as the wolves of history close in on his Anglo-Saxon boyhood.
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  • The 39-Storey Treehouse

    Andy Griffiths

    Product Code: ARHIJ
    Paperback 7 years +
    Andy and Terry's amazing treehouse has thirteen new levels! They've added a chocolate waterfall you can swim in, a volcano for toasting marshmallows, a bulldozer-battling level, a baby-dinosaur-petting zoo, a not-very-merry merry-go-round, a boxing elephant called the Trunkinator, an X-ray room, a disco with light-up dance floor, the world's scariest roller coaster and a top-secret thirty-ninth level which hasn't even been finished yet! But what good is all this stuff when Andy and Terry are trying to write their fastest book ever? You'll have to read it to find out! The 39-Storey Treehouse is the third book in Andy Griffith's and Terry Denton's wacky treehouse adventures, where the laugh-out-loud story is told through a combination of text and fantastic cartoon-style illustrations.
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  • When we were Warriors

    Emma Carroll

    Product Code: BUGQD
    Paperback 9 years +
    A body washed up on the beach... Evacuation to an old house with forbidden rooms and dark secrets... An animal rescue service... Set in World War Two, Emma Carroll explores the resilience, resourcefulness and inventiveness of children when their lives fall to pieces. Introducing some compelling new characters, as well as revisiting some familiar settings, these adventures are sure to win over new readers, as well as fans of old favourites such as Letters from the Lighthouse and Frost Hollow Hall.
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  • Top Marks For Murder

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: BYXRR
    Paperback 9 years +
    The brilliant new mystery from the bestselling, award-winning author of Murder Most Unladylike. Daisy and Hazel are finally back at Deepdean, and the school is preparing for a most exciting event: the fiftieth Anniversary. Plans for a weekend of celebrations are in full swing. But all is not well, for in the detectives' long absence, Deepdean has changed. Daisy has lost her crown to a fascinating new girl - and many of the Detective Society's old allies are now their sworn enemies. Then the girls witness a shocking incident in the woods close by - a crime that they're sure is linked to the Anniversary. As parents descend upon Deepdean, decades-old grudges, rivalries and secrets begin to surface, and soon Deepdean's future is at stake. Can the girls solve the case - and save their home?
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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.
  • Romans on the Rampage

    Jeremy Strong

    Product Code: ALZMZ
    Paperback 7 years +
    Romans on the Rampage is a laugh-out-loud story written by the king of comedy, Jeremy Strong.

    Perilus is a Roman boy who is crazy about chariot racing. He loves to practise in his own homemade chariot and dreams of riding in the Circus Maximum himself one day.

    But when Perilus' hero, the brilliant charioteer Scorcha, goes missing on the day of the big race, Perilus finds his wish coming true sooner than he'd imagined!
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  • Death in the Spotlight

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: BRZBH
    Paperback 9 years +
    Someone will take their final bow . . . Fresh from their adventure in Hong Kong, Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells are off to the Rue Theatre in London to face an entirely new challenge: acting. But danger has a nasty habit of catching up with the Detective Society, and it soon becomes clear that there is trouble afoot at the Rue. Jealousy, threats and horrible pranks quickly spiral out of control - and then a body is found. Now Hazel and Daisy must take centre stage and solve the crime . . . before the murderer strikes again.
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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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  • Far from Home

    Berlie Doherty

    Product Code: ALZSY
    Paperback 9 years +
    The sisters of STREET CHILD tell their story...A companion novel to bestselling story of orphan Jim Jarvis set in Victorian England. When Jim Jarvis is separated from his sisters, Lizzie and Emily, he thinks he will never see them again. Now for the first time, the bestselling author of STREET CHILD reveals what happened to his orphaned sisters. In Victorian London, Lizzie and Emily are left in the care of a cook but their story takes them to the mills of northern England. There, under the keen eyes of the mill owners, the girls are made to work in harsh conditions and any chance of escape is sorely tempting...An incredible new STREET CHILD story based on the true experiences of Victorian mill girls.
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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 Lottie Project

    Jacqueline Wilson & Nick Sharr

    Product Code: ACGPA
    Paperback 9 years +
    Hi! I'm Charlie (Don't call me Charlotte - ever!). History is boring, right? Wrong! The Victorians weren't all deadly dull and drippy. Lottie certainly isn't. She's eleven - like me - but she's left school and has a job as a nursery maid. Her life is really hard, just work work work, but I bet she'd know what to do about my mum's awful boyfriend and his wimpy little son. I bet she wouldn't mess it all up like I do.

    Sure to delight young fans of Double Act and The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Lottie Project is one of our favourite Jacqueline Wilson books!
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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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  • Mission to Marathon

    Geoffrey Trease

    Product Code: AQAFH
    Paperback 7 years +
    A story set in Ancient Greece. When news reaches Athens that Persian ships are about to invade Greece at Marathon, Philip knows that his uncle and grandmother are in great danger. As his brothers and father are busy preparing for war, he is the only one who can cross the mountains and warn his family. The race is on...but will he reach them in time?
  • 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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  • Scribes from Alexandria

    Caroline Lawrence

    Product Code: ACMLI
    Paperback 9 years +
    The fifteenth title in teh bestselling Roman Mysteries series, re-issued with a brand new cover look. A desperate quest begins in the Romano-Egyptian port of Alexandria: site of the great lighthouse, the Library and the tomb of Alexander the Great. Codes, riddles, anagrams and hieroglyphics lead the search parties down the river Nile to pyramids and sphinxes, temples and tombs, crocodiles and hippos. But what lies at the end of the journey: treasure or death? A talented storyteller, Caroline Lawrence has created a delightfully readable and accessible series that children will want to read time and time again.
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  • Captain Codswallop and the Flying Kipper

    Michael Cox

    Product Code: AQAFE
    Paperback 7 years +
    This laugh-out-loud comic romp marks Michael Cox's debut on the A&C Black children's list. Captain Codswallop's pirate ship has been stolen by the ruthless highwayman, Dick Turnip. But it seems that Dick is even more incompetent than the captain and his hapless crew. However, the pirates get more than they bargained for when they find themselves head-to-head with the Spanish Armada.
  • Put Out the Light

    Terry Deary

    Product Code: AATXW
    Paperback 7 years +
    It's 1940 and war is underway. In Sheffield, England, a brother and sister set out to solve a mystery, brazenly believing that the air-raid signals are only false alarms. In Dachau, Germany, two boys come up with a bold plan to bring an end to the war and help a Polish prisoner escape. But when the bombs falling on Sheffield become a reality, and the German boys' plan hurls them unwittingly into the midst of the action, the children's adventures swiftly become a terrifying fight to survive.
  • The War Game

    Terry Deary

    Product Code: AUOYU
    Paperback 7 years +
    From the bestselling author of the hugely successful Horrible Histories, The War Game is full of fascinating tales that bring the war to life and are perfect reads for children new to the topic.

    Flanders, 1914. The German and British soldiers in the trenches make an unofficial Christmas truce, with carols and a football match. They hear the enemy sing and watch them place Christmas trees in the trenches opposite. They begin to shout greetings and end up playing an international football match. They see the enemy as vulnerable humans and the officers are furious. Further unofficial truces are banned and the war continues with bullets instead of footballs. But it's a memory that stays with young Albert long after the war.
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  • Christopher Columbus

    Martin Howard

    Product Code: APYHC
    Paperback 7 years +
    Christopher Columbus' astonishing life is a story of inspiration, bravery, incredible achievement and terrible hardship. As the explorer who took three small boats across the Atlantic and found an undiscovered continent, he was a hero - but his greed for gold and power brought tragedy on the people living there, and eventually caused his own downfall. His amazing story captures the excitement and urgency of the Golden Age of Discovery. Lives in Action is a series of narrative biographies that recount the lives of some of the key figures in history. Page-turning, thrilling plots that read like fiction will keep the most reluctant reader hooked.
  • Warrior Heroes: The Viking's Revenge

    Benjamin Hulme-Cross

    Product Code: APXJN
    Paperback 9 years +
    Travel back in time with brothers Arthur and Finn to retrieve the stolen sword, Blood Hunter and rewrite the past. Fascinating historical facts combine with action packed fiction to create a dramatic and gripping adventure. This fast paced and exciting narrative will leave the reader wanting more and more. Will the boys escape the grips of the powerful Vikings and succeed in changing the course of history?
  • Warrior Heroes: The Knight's Enemies

    Benjamin Hulme-Cross

    Product Code: APXJJ
    Paperback 7 years +
    Travel back in time with brothers Arthur and Finn to stop the castle of Sir William Malory falling and prevent the death of his daughter Eleanor. Fascinating historical fact combine with action packed fiction to create a dramatic and gripping adventure. This fast paced and exciting narrative will leave the reader wanting more and more. Will the boys escape after being imprisoned in the seeming impenetrable castle, manage to save Eleanor and succeed in changing the course of history?
  • The Thieves of Pudding Lane

    Jonathan Eyers

    Product Code: APXJC
    Paperback 7 years +
    London, 1666. Orphaned by the Great Plague, Sam is soon starving on the streets - and desperate enough to steal. He's quickly recruited as one of sinister Uncle Jack's children, and taught to steal. If he gets caught by the law, the punishment will be death - and if he crosses Uncle Jack, it could be just as bad. Still, it's a living for Sam and his fellow thief Catherine...until the long, hot London summer means a blaze at the Pudding Lane bakery runs out of control...and they learn that Uncle Jack's schemes are far more evil than they knew. Running for their lives from thiefmasters, thieftakers and the Great Fire of London itself, can two reluctant criminals save an innocent life - and their own skins?
  • Anyone but Ivy Pocket

    Caleb Krisp

    Product Code: APWCS
    Paperback 7 years +
    Ivy Pocket is a twelve-year-old maid with the natural instincts of a wartime Prime Minister. Or at the very least, a lighthouse keeper. For the princely sum of GBP500, Ivy has agreed to courier the Duchess of Trinity's most precious possession - the Clock Diamond - from Paris to England, and to put it around the neck of the revolting Matilda Butterfield on her twelfth birthday. Acquiring bosom friends and instant enemies as she goes, it's not long before Ivy finds herself at the heart of a conspiracy involving mischief, mayhem and murder. Illustrated in humorous gothic detail by John Kelly, Anyone But Ivy Pocket is just the beginning of one girl's deadly comic journey to discover who she really is ...
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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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