A fascinating journey into the evolution of things in our everyday lives; this book looks at the outlandish history of sport and leisure around the world
Young learners can discover the story behind the games we play like never before as we examine the amazing peculiarities of international sport and leisure activities past and present. Readers will learn about the wacky and often bloodthirsty games that our ancestors liked such as fierce gladiatorial contests, as well as the even wackier that are still used around the world today – such as bog snorkelling and bungee jumping!
Bria Quinlan - Secret Life
Rachel Wells is a liar—big time. No one outside her family knows about the panic attacks or meds, the weekly therapy drive-bys or the “safe” outfit. If she could hide it all from her string of ex-boyfriends and her best friend Amy, then why should anything change? But, when the one guy as messed up as she is blackmails her into helping him, life goes from closely restrained to out of control. Sometimes choosing between sanity and love is the craziest thing of all.
Bria Quinlan - Secret Girlfriend
Since her mom died, Amy Whalen’s been invisible—but not in the cool, superpower kind of way. Overlooked at school and ignored at home, Amy holds tight to her few constants: running, painting, and her long-held crush on soccer god, Chris Kent. But as senior year nears, Chris doesn’t just notice her, he needs her. Amy will agree to almost anything to be with him. Everything is great—sort of—until Luke Parker shows up for soccer tryouts and sees through every one of Amy’s defenses. When Luke decides he wants Chris’s spot on the team and wouldn’t sneeze at the captain’s jersey either their rivalry spins out of control. It doesn’t help that Luke also wants the girl Chris kept hidden all summer: AMY.
Richard Platt - Would You Believe...in Mexico people picnic at granny's grave?! - and other dynastic delights
A fun social history of family life through the ages. This entertaining book will introduce you to a bright and colourful spectrum of all kinds of family relationships. Everyone from baby to great grandmother is covered in this fascinating social history of family life. Learn about family traditions from all over the world and learn how to trace your own family tree.
Katy Evans - Real
A fallen boxer. A woman with a broken dream. A competition… He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting… Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life. He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong–but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents . . . But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me. I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations. If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?
Jennifer E. Smith - The Comeback Season
The last place Ryan Walsh should be this afternoon is on a train heading to Wrigley Field. She should be in class, enduring yet another miserable day of her first year of high school. But for once, Ryan isn't thinking about what she should be doing. She's not worried about her lack of friends, or her suffering math grade, or how it's been five whole years since the last time she was really and truly happy. Because she's finally returning to the place that her father loved, where the two of them spent so many afternoons cheering on their team. And on this -- the fifth anniversary of his death -- it feels like there's nowhere else in the world she should be. Ryan is once again filled with hope as she makes her way to the game. Good luck is often hard to come by at a place like Wrigley Field, but it's on this day that she meets Nick, the new kid from her school, who seems to love the Cubs nearly as much as she does. But Nick carries with him a secret that makes Ryan wonder if anyone can ever really escape their past, or believe in the promise of those reassuring words: "Wait till next year." Is it too much for Ryan to hope that this year, this season, might be her comeback season?
Terry Deary - The Stormin' Normans
This title contains fascinating facts about Bill the Conquerer and his bully boys who battled at Hastings, stormed around Europe and joined the Crusades. There are tales of limb-chopping, terribly tortured saints and you can find out what "really" happened in 1066.
Polgár Judit - Sakkjátszótér
Kedves Szülők és Nagyszülők, tisztelt tanítók és tanárok: ez a "munkafüzet" fokozatosan vezeti be a gyerekeket a játék rejtelmeibe és a sakkozás logikájába, amelynek értő gyakorlása életre szóló élmény, útravaló lehet. Az ehhez vezető utat könnyíti meg és teszi élvezetesebbé a szöveg játékossága. A Sakkjátszótér eredetileg angolul íródott és a versikéket Tandori Dezső fordította magyarra: nemcsak különleges, játékos-bohókás rím- párjait csempészte a szövegbe, hanem magas színvonalon sikerült egyesítenie a költői nyelvezetet a játék filozófiájával.
Chris Crutcher - Whale Talk
A varsity letter jacket: it's exclusive, nearly unattainable, revered . . . and everything that's screwed up about Cutter High, as far as T. J. Jones is concerned. That's why T. J. is determined to have the Cutter All Night Mermen—the unlikeliest swim team a high school has ever seen—earn letter jackets of their own. It won't be easy. For one thing, they don't even have a pool. They will fight for their dignity, they will fight with each other, and sometimes they will just fight. And then they will realize that a single moment can bring lifelong heartache or lifelong friendship. For T. J. and his crew of misfits, the quest may be far more valuable than the reward.
Richard Platt - Would You Believe...cobwebs stop wounds bleeding? - and other medical marvels
The Would You Believe... series is a fascinating journey into the evolution of things in our everyday lives; this book looks at the strange history of medical practice around the world Young scientists get a real taste of the story behind the medicine as we examine the amazing practices used in medicine past and present. Readers will learn about the often painful and frequently distasteful medical practices that our ancestors employed such as using leeches, eating snail shells or body snatching, as well as those that are still used around the world today - who needs an anaesthetic anyway?! Includes alternative therapies and major medical discoveries that changed the face of medical practice.
Richard Platt - Would You Believe...in 1500, platform shoes were outlawed? - and other fashion follies
A fascinating journey into the evolution of things in our everyday lives; this book looks at the history of bizarre fashions from around the world Fashion lovers and young historians can discover the amazing stories behind the clothes we wear as we examine the amazing peculiarities of international fashions past and present. Readers will learn about the often ridiculous clothes our ancestors wore such as tighter than tight herringbone corsets or posing tricorne hats, as well as a nod to equally ridiculous fashion influences and personalities of the present day.
Terry Deary - Even more terrible Tudors
Takes you back for another look at the mad Tudor monarchs and their suffering subjects, who just could not help losing their heads. Read on for information about the good times and the gory from the great goose fairs to the painful punishments and trickery of the ruthless royal family.
Miranda Kenneally - Breathe, Annie, Breathe
Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race. But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line. "Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet." — Jennifer Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You
Ismeretlen szerző - Why Don't Penguins Feet Freeze?
Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? is the latest compilation of readers' answers to the questions in the 'Last Word' column of New Scientist, the world's best-selling science weekly. Following the phenomenal success of Does Anything Eat Wasps? - the Christmas 2005 surprise bestseller - this new collection includes recent answers never before published in book form, and also old favourites from the column's early days. Yet again, many seemingly simple questions turn out to have complex answers. And some that seem difficult have a very simple explanation. New Scientist's 'Last Word' is regularly voted the magazine's most popular section as it celebrates all questions - the trivial, idiosyncratic, baffling and strange. This new selection of the best is popular science at its most entertaining and enlightening.
Eleanor Clymer - Search for a Living Fossil
The sudden appearance of a living dinosaur could hardly have surprised scientists more that the strange "fish with legs" that was caught off the coast of South Africa in 1938. Thought to be extinct for thirty million years, this living coelacanth started a South African ichthyologist, Dr. J.L.B. Smith, on a fourteen year search as exciting as any detective story.
John Farndon - Children's Encyclopedia
The clearly presented information is organised into thematic sections covering all aspect of the natural and human world. The lively text is made highly accessible by the use of sub headings, fact panels and "did you know?" features. Each illustration and photograph is accompanied by a detailed caption.
Matt London - The 8th Continent
A hilarious around-the-world adventure with a great environmental message! Evie and Rick Lane are determined to transform the Great Pacific Garbage Patch—a real life pile of floating garbage—into an eighth continent, using a special formula developed by their father. This new continent will be a place where their family can live free from the intervention of Winterpole, a global rule-maker run by bumbling bureaucrats. But eleven-year-old pink-and-plastic-obsessed Vesuvia Piffle, the secret mastermind behind the villainous Condo Corp, also has her sights set on this new land, and she wants to use it to build a kind of Miami-on-steroids. Now, it’s a race against time and across the world as the kids gather the items they need to create their continent. Because whoever controls the eighth continent controls our future. And the future can’t be both "green” and pink.
Berg Judit - Polgár Judit - Alma
Egy különös délután, amelyen egymást érik a váratlan és nyugtalanító események, Alma, Drifter, Félix és Bella egy számukra idegen világba kerül. Vissza szeretnének jutni a saját valóságukba, de a sötét birodalom uralkodója próbatételek elé állítja őket. Látni akarja, hogyan lesznek úrrá váratlan helyzeteken. Meg tudnak-e hozni súlyos döntéseket? Képesek-e áldozatokra? S a végén méltó ellenfélnek bizonyul-e Alma? Berg Judit, József Attila- és IBBY-díjas író, Rumini megteremtője és Polgár Judit, minden idők legjobb női sakkozója összefogott, hogy egy izgalmas kalandregényben egy kicsit a sakkról, de inkább a sakkon túl az életről meséljenek fiatal olvasóiknak. Ők már megtapasztalták: senki sem abszolút jó vagy abszolút gonosz, semmi sem fekete-fehér, még a sakktáblán sem, nemhogy az életben. Nem kell, hogy sakkozni tudj. Alma társai sem tudnak. Mégis, nélkülük Alma biztos bukásra lenne ítélve...
David Colbert - The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter
J. K. Rowling fills her books with references to history, myths, legends and literature. _The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter_ reveals the stories behind the stories. All the questions you ever wanted to ask about Harry's fantastical world are answered here. Discover the astonishing origins of magical creatures, the clues to hidden meanings in names, and amazing facts about real-life wizards and ancient magic spells. From Alchemists to Unicorns, Basilisks to Veela, this fascinating compendium brings another dimension to Harry's adventures.
Steven M. Goodman - Jonathan P. Benstead - The Natural History of Madagascar
Separated from the mainland of Africa fro 160 million years, Madagascar offers an incredible wealth of biodiversity, with thousands of species that can be found nowhere else on earth. The Natural History of Madagascar provides the most comprehensive, up-to-date synthesis available of this island nation's priceless biological treasures. Contributions by nearly three hundred experts from around the world cover the history of scientific exploration in Madagascar, its geology, climate, forest and human ecology, as well as marine and coastal ecosystems. Detailed discussions of conservation efforts also highlight several successful reserve programs that could serve as models for other areas. With over one hundred color illustrations and fifty color photos by nature photographer Harald Schütz, The Natural History of Madagascar is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in the Malagasy environment.