A classic tale of the Irish legend Finn McCaul, as he strives to fulfil a challenge to free his jailed uncle. The question is, is it even humanly possible?! Find out in this non-stop, funny story of perseverance, imagination – and a bit of speed, written by the Canongate Prize winner Lari Don.
In the Iron Age over 3,000 forts were built on top of hills. Find out how hill forts were constructed, what they were used for, and what they tells us about the people who lived over 2,000 years ago. A fascinating look into a past world by Juliet Kerrigan.
Follow the trickery and antics of Hyena and Rabbit as they try to out-wit each other in this collection of hilarious traditional tales from West Africa.
These wonderful atmospheric folktales from the Ukraine and China, capture two different cultures, united in the presence of a dragon, who has the power to change all of their lives forever. Told here, by master storyteller Dawn Casey.
Meet Prospero and his daughter Miranda as they are shipwrecked on an island. As Prospero plans revenge on those that put them there, an unlikely alliance leads to an alternative outcome with acceptance, forgiveness, friendship and marriage at the heart. Discover one of Shakespeare’s most exciting plays in this gripping retelling by John Dougherty.
Rediscover the wonderful story of Dorothy’s adventures in Oz, with new friends the Scarecrow, Lion and Tinman, as they come up against good witches and wicked witches in their quest to find the Wizard, who promises to save them all in very different ways. Will Dorothy ever find the way home? Find out in this gripping retelling by Abie Longstaff.
Princess Sabra has a simple happy life until her kingdom is attacked by a fierce, fire-breathing dragon. As she struggles to find a way of saving the land and the people, there appears only one answer and one very high cost…Can the strange soldier who appears be the only one who can rescue her and save her kingdom from the mighty beast?
Find out all about the creation of the Roman Empire, and the leader, lawyer and warrior who established it and built such a powerful kingdom. Seizing land and power Caesar became dictator before he met with a brutal end in 44BCE, though not before he’d made his mark. Brave hero or ferocious tyrant – you decide.
Janet Foxley spins a new take on the familiar classic, Little Red Riding Hood. Be prepared for some unexpected twists and turns as Ruby-Rose sets out into the forest with a basket of food for her grandmother, and as the light fades and things get peculiar, this ripping retelling feels more menacing than ever before!
Discover these two creepy, ghostly stories originally written by Charles Dickens, retold here by Penny Dolan. In ‘The Signalman’ messages warn of horrors to come, but will they be understood before it’s too late? And in ‘The Face on the Train’ a chance meeting inspires an artist to draw a portrait, but was the encounter chance after all?
Find out all about one of the worlds’ toughest running challenges, as racers compete for 28 days covering a distance of over 1,000 kilometres in some of the wildest and loneliest places on Earth, in the ultimate endurance event.
Travel back in time 2,000 years to when the Iron Age Celtic tribes migrated to Britain. Find out what Britain was like before their arrival, how they set up their communities and what life was like for them as they built and defended their homes, fought, farmed and celebrated their culture.
Find out about the lives of these two queens, joined together by their family bond, but with hugely different beliefs. Discover what early life was like for Princesses Mary and Elizabeth under the turbulent rule of their father Henry VIII, how they got on with each other and their individual reigns in this fascinating dual biography.
A brand new Alice for children today to enjoy, beautifully retold and illustrated by multi-award-winning author Emma Chichester Clark, which captures the original tale faithfully and loyally but with makes it accessible for a whole new generation.
A gripping and moving retelling of this poem written originally in the eighteenth century by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It tells the story of the Ancient Mariner and his adventures at sea, where tragedy strikes, more than once and he is ultimately saved – against the odds, teaching him the importance of humanity and humility.
Find out all about two ground breaking figures in medicine – Elizabeth Blackwell and Elizabeth Garret Anderson, two women who fought to become doctors in the early 1800s. What was life like for women in the early nineteenth century, what obstacles did both women come up against and ultimately how did they succeed?
A fascinating insight into the history of one of our ancient civilisations – the Shang dynasty, their society, culture, belief system and way of life in China over 500 years ago. Who were they, how did they rule and what was life like under their power?
Find out all about the ancient kingdom of Benin, the tribes that lived there, how they lived and were ruled, and how the nation changed and developed over time.
Get an understanding of one of the world’s ancient civilisations, find out all about their way of life, intriguing rituals and bizarre sports in this fascinating account of how the Maya first established themselves over 20,000 years ago in Central America and their eventual demise.
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Not your average science book, this in-depth analysis of the smallest living things in our world, gives captivating insight into the wonderful world of microorganisms. Focussing on bacteria, fungi, protists and viruses, it explains some of the biggest diseases of our time as well as the processes of protecting ourselves.
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Once, coyotes only lived in the country. Now, they’ve moved into cities, where they go hunting at night.
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A big owl and a small owl sit up in a tree. In trying to show each other how big they are, the small owl is accidentally knocked out of the tree. Can the big owl save him? This quirkily illustrated story is written by Michelle Robinson.
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