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9 years +: Children's Biographies & Autobiographies

  • FMO2 9 years +
    Gerald Durrell
    9 years +
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    Gerald Durrell's My Family And Other Animals will enthrall confident readers aged 9 and over who enjoy animal stories.

    Based on the author's own childhood obsessions, this is a lively and entertaining story that whisks the reader away to the stunning island of Corfu on a series of adventures involving scorpions, snakes and more. It's thrilling and very funny, too!

    Fans of My Family And Other Animals may also enjoy Gill Lewis' Sky Hawk.
  • BYZ2 9 years +
    Roald Dahl
    9 years +
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    Boy, Roald Dahl's bestselling autobiography, is full of hilarious anecdotes about his childhood and school days - and is, of course, illustrated by Quentin Blake.

    As a boy, all sorts of unusual things happened to Roald Dahl. There was the time he and four school friends got their revenge on beastly Mrs Prachett in her sweet shop. There are stories of holidays in fishing boats, African adventures and the days of tasting chocolate for Cadbury's.

    You'll hear tales of horrible school bullies and the motor-car accident when Roald's nose was nearly sliced clean off... Roald Dahl vividly shares his memories; some are funny. Some are painful. Some are unpleasant. All are true
  • AHAZH 9 years +
    Raina Telgemeier
    9 years +
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    Raina just wanted to be a normal girl, but one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there's stil more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion and friends who turn out to not be so friendly.
  • AQCMU 7 years +
    Clive Gifford
    7 years +
    • £12.99
    The series focuses on the people who inspire children today. Each book looks at the background, life and achievements of a personality and their impact on popular culture, as well as detailing the everyday facets of their job and how they have gained such success. Andy Murray is a history-making tennis champion, who, in 2013, became the first British man in 77 years to win the Wimbledon men's singles final. The previous year, he won an Olympic gold medal at the London Games. He uses his high profile to raise money for charities and to encourage children to take up sport.
  • AIOOG 9 years +
    William Grill
    9 years +
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    With its stunning coloured-pencil illustrations, Shackleton's Journey, winner of the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, is a keepsake book that provides a detailed visual narrative Shackleton's famous expedition to Antarctica.

    Reminiscent of The Snowman author-illustrator Raymond Briggs and David Hockney, William Grill's visual book manages to evoke the atmosphere, excitement and spirit of the expedition and are wonderfully rich and atmospheric.

    An amazingly presented way for children as young as 7 to learn about an important moment in history.
  • AKGXF 7 years +
    7 years +
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    This title helps you explore the fascinating life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi. DK Eyewitness Gandhi is a spectacular and informative guide to one of history's most complex and revered personalities. Striking photographs offer you a unique view of Mahatma Gandhi's legacy, tracing his life from his early childhood to his assassination, highlighting his affirmation as a leader, his involvement in Indian Independence and his timeless ideas about world peace. Follow in Gandhi's steps as this book helps you uncover his role in key historical moments, like the Partition of India, the Dandi March and the Quit India Movement. You'll also be guided through Gandhi's philosophies and strategies, such as Satyagraha and Swadeshi and given a global view on Gandhi's impact on events such as World War II. You can discover Gandhi's fascinating story, as each chapter showcases a different side of his complex personality. You can meet the shrewd politician and master tactician who challenged the British Empire and learn about the social reformer and economic visionary who championed lifelong education and self-sufficiency for India. DK Eyewitness Gandhi provides the perfect combination of information and great ideas for school projects. Children will learn about Gandhi's remarkable life and how an individual has the power to change the world.
  • AIPQC 7 years +
    Katie Daynes
    7 years +
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    One of the most inspirational figures the world has ever seen, this insightful book takes a look at the tumultuous and ultimately glorious life and career of Nelson Mandela.

    Written in an accessible style for children aged 7+ by Katie Daynes, the book follows Mandela's life from his rural childhood through to his time with the ANC; his fight against apartheid; his 27 years in prison; and his world-changing appointment as South Africa's first black president.

    Genuinely moving, poignant and triumphant, this book will show children just how South Africa's most-wanted fugitive went on to become the country's greatest leader.
  • ALKSI 9 years +
    Alastair Humphreys
    9 years +
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    Tom really wants to be an explorer. His favourite book is an atlas and he follows adventurers not footballers. His schooldays are spent daydreaming about travelling from Tibet to Timbuktu. A private wish blurted out loud started his freewheeling adventure: I'm going to cycle round the world. His classmates laughed. No one believed him, least of all his teacher. The mountains will be too high! The desert is too hot! Everyone shouted their reasons why his dream was impossible. But it was a funny thing, the more that people told him he couldn't do it, the more Tom found himself wanting to prove them wrong.
  • AMTEY 7 years +
    Katie Daynes
    7 years +
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    This is a brand new series, bringing to life the fascinating lives of famous historical figures. Lively speech, gentle humour and full- colour illustrations bring the reader closer to the action as the story unfolds. Young readers will learn about each famous character as they read about their achievements. Ages 7-11
  • APVKD 7 years +
    Sarah Ridley
    7 years +
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    Super Scientists are first biographies introducing some of the world's great scientists, simply retelling their lives and explaining why their work was important. Illustrated with archive images and photographs, the chronology of each lifetime is emphasised by a timeline that runs through the book. Marie Curie tells the story of this key scientific figure - covering her origins as the daughter of a Polish teacher through her work on radioactivity, winning the Nobel Prize, her professorship at the Sorbonne and her amazing legacy to science today.
  • APWYJ 7 years +
    Alix Wood
    7 years +
    • £11.99
    Great Artists introduces young readers to some of the world's great artists. The books feature easy-to-read text and some of the most famous examples of each artist's work, as well as photographs of places and people of importance.
  • ADMZI 7 years +
    7 years +
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    Meet the people who helped shape the world we know today. "100 People Who Made History" is no ordinary history book. Inventors and explorers rub shoulders with political leaders, sports stars, and entertainers. From Marco Polo to Marie Curie via Pele, this top 100 comes from all over the world, taking in all types of people. Packed with engaging graphics and plenty of unusual facts, each profile describes the major influences and tells true stories about the movers and shakers from our history. You can take a seat and meet the people that have changed our world and discover how they did it.
  • AMTEU 7 years +
    7 years +
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    In 1492 Christopher Colombus set sail across the Atlantic, on a voyage into the unknown. He was looking for a quicker route to the Indies. What he found was a whole New World...Ages 7-11.
  • AMTES 7 years +
    7 years +
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    Born into a wealthy family, Florence Nightingale could have lived a life of leisure and luxury. Instead she longed to be a nurse. In 1830, that was the last thing a rich girl could do - but Florence was no ordinary girl. Ages 7-11.
  • AMTET 7 years +
    Rebecca Levene
    7 years +
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    Three new titles in this burgeoning series, providing a great introduction to the remarkable lives of important historical figures.Each book describes a famous life, following the protagonist through their triumphs and tribulations.Lively speech, gentle humour and colourful illustrations bring the reader closer to the action as the story unfolds.
  • AMTEZ 7 years +
    Katie Daynes
    7 years +
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    These are four new titles in this burgeoning series, providing a great introduction to the remarkable lives of important historical figures. Each book describes a famous life, following the protagonist through their triumphs and tribulations. It has lively speech, colourful illustrations and photographs that bring the reader closer to the action as the story unfolds.
  • AMTFC 8 years +
    Katie Daynes
    8 years +
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    Published by Usborne and written by Katie Daynes, this book takes a look at the life and times of Marie Antoinette - an Austrian princess who became a queen laced with tragedy.

    Captivating from start to finish and written in an accessible style for children aged 8 and over, the book is full of full-colour illustrations that bring this poignant and heartbreaking story to life.
  • AMTFB 7 years +
    Lucy Lethbridge
    7 years +
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    Usborne Famous Lives: NapoleonStirring narrative and lively dialogue combine with full-colour illustrations to bring Napoleon's epic story to life.

    Young readers will be intrigued and excited as they follow Napoleon's remarkable life from a humble Corsican childhood to Emperor of France.

    Part of Young Reading Series 3 for fully confident readers.

    Sent to a military school at nine, Napoleon rapidly rose through the ranks of the French Army. But a brilliant military career wasn't enough. Soon, he had seized control of France - and then he embarked upon a plan to rule all of Europe.
  • APWOC 7 years +
    Roy Apps
    7 years +
    • £5.99
    When Louis Smith was seven he was faced with a choice that would change the course of his whole life. He chose the path of an athlete, but he lacked concentration and was easily distracted. As a punishment his coach made him perform circles on the pommel horse...It takes blood, sweat and tears to get to the top of any sport, and these short, inspirational biographies show just how tough it can be. Focusing on top athletes and sport personalities, each dramatic story brings to life the skill, determination and luck needed to break through into top level competition. This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books children can't put down.
  • APWOS 7 years +
    Roy Apps
    7 years +
    • £5.99
    It takes blood, sweat and tears to get to the top of any sport, and these short, inspirational biographies show just how tough it can be. Focusing on top athletes and sport personalities, each dramatic story brings to life the skill, determination and luck needed to break through into top level competition. This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books children can't put down.
  • APXAE 7 years +
    Paul Rockett
    7 years +
    • £12.99
    Inspiring Artists tells us what it is that makes some famous artists so important and memorable, not only in terms of their artistic legacy, but also as to their impact on the wider world. It explores their life and times through significant pieces of their art, looking at the work in terms of its context, from conflict (Goya), to festivities (Bruegel) to personal struggle (Van Gogh). Each work is also considered in terms of its style, technique and artistic innovation. Leonardo da Vinci was a brilliant inventor, engineer, scientist and architect, but he is most famous for being an artist. His fascination and skill in representing the world around him made him a celebrity during his lifetime and an inspiration to many artists both then and now, from Raphael to Andy Warhol.
  • AQBXU 9 years +
    Kay Barnham
    9 years +
    • £12.99
    The series focuses on the people who inspire children today. Each book looks at the background, life and achievements of a personality, their impact on popular culture as well as detailing the everyday facets of their job and how they have gained such success. This title explores how Nelson Mandela became one of the most influential political leaders in the world, from his origins in a South African herding village, through to his arrest for political activism, his imprisonment at Robben Island and his eventual release and presidency.
  • AMKLS 7 years +
    Andrea Shavick
    7 years +
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    At school, Roald Dahl looked forward most to those special days when the local chocolate company sent every pupil a large box of chocolate bars for testing. Years later he wrote a children's book inspired by the chocolate testing. It was one of the first of a string of incredibly funny, rude and amazing stories, which millions of children have read and enjoyed. Other titles in the series: Amelia Earhart, Alexander the Great, Captain Cook, Cleopatra, Eric the Red Galileo, Gandhi, Hans Christian Andersen, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and William Shakespeare.
  • ADCKQ 9 years +
    Li Cunxin
    9 years +
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    This is the true story of a poor Chinese peasant boy who, plucked unsuspectingly at the age of ten from millions of others across the land to be trained as a ballet dancer, turned the situation to his advantage to become one of the world's greatest ballet stars. Simply told, with charm, humour and compassion and at times, this is a great drama. His childhood, despite the terrible hardships, is drawn with love and affection and contrasts starkly with the seven lonely years of gruelling training at the Peking Dance Academy. At the age of l8, Li performs at the Houston Ballet school in the US, which leads to his dramatic defection. This is a condensed edition, specially for younger readers, and has an Afterword especially for children.