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March Picks for Schools

16th February 2018

Fiction

Our diverse fiction list is full of incredible characters and unputdownable plots, ideal for engaging any reader. 

Middle Grade Fiction

Whatever you've heard about Darius Drake... it's wrong. Some of the stories are lies, some are mistakes, and the rest were invented by Darius to fool his enemies. And I do mean ENEMIES. Not school bullies or mean kids. I'm talking about real, grown-up enemies who would stop at nothing to find the legendary Dunbar diamonds before Darius and I did. So whatever you've heard - forget it. Because THIS is what really happened. From the multi-award winning, bestselling author of Freak the Mighty, Who Killed Darius Drakeis the perfect mystery novel for middle grade readers. 

Young Adult Fiction

A teenage spy. A Nazi boarding school. The performance of a lifetime. Sarah has played many roles - but now she faces her most challenging of all. Because there's only one way for a Jewish orphan spy to survive at a school for the Nazi elite. And that's to become a monster like them. Survive. Deceive. Resist. They think she's just a little girl. But she is the weapon they never saw coming... with a mission to destroy them all. A highly-addictive thriller, Orphan Monster Spy is a novel no teenager will want to put down. 

Subjects

Art

Inspire young artists with some of the best loved work throughout history. The Art Picture Book encourages students to unravel the hidden meanings in famous works of art, and to learn about the lives of the artists behind them.

The Impressionists Picture Book is packed with artwork by some of the best-loved Impressionist artists including Monet, Degas, Pissarro and Manet, and explores the stories behind the paintings, and how the Impressionist movement changed the world of art forever.

Geography

Explore Great Britain and Ireland in more detail with this illustrated Picture Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland. Examine famous landmarks, local wildlife, customs and history, and complete a quiz testing your new found knowledge. Ideal for school libraries, the book recommends internet links to carefully selected websites for pupils to research the areas that interest them in more detail. 

History

Take a fast-paced trip through time in A Short History of the World. The lively, narrative text is accompanied by illustrations, timelines, maps and charts, and is ideal for bringing history to life for all students. 

Ideal for school libraries, the Victorian House Picture Book welcomes readers inside an elegant Victorian townhouse. Each page shows a different area of the house from the library to the butler's pantry and is packed with information about the Victorian times. Comes with recommended internet links for further research. 

 

Home Learning

Maths

Support children with adding and subtracting with the innovative Lift-the-flap Adding and Subtracting Topics include number bonds, money puzzles, number lines and fact families. There's even a monster board game at the back of the book, where children can put their new knowledge into practice. (recommended for ages 6+)

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