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Martin Jenkins - Author

Martin Jenkins is an expert at presenting complicated subjects in entertaining and accessible ways to children. He has won several awards for his work.

He was born in Surrey in 1959 but grew up in Spain, Ireland and Kent. He attended Cambridge University as a scholar. A conservation biologist by trade, Martin worked full-time for ten years for World Conservation Monitoring Centre, writing about a range of conservation issues. Since 1990 he has worked freelance for organisations such as WWF and a number of UN bodies concerned with conservation and the environment. Martin's jobs have varied greatly: "I've been an orchid-sleuth in Germany, a timber detective in Kenya and an investigator of the chameleon trade in Madagascar."

Martin lives in Cambridge and London. Martin became involved with children's books when he was asked to advise on Walker Books' Animals at Risk series. Since then he has written several titles, including Emperor's Egg, winner of the Times Junior Information Book of the Year Award and Fly Traps! Plants that Bite Back, which was shortlisted for the same award. He has also retold Gulliver's Travels, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, and Don Quixote.

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Exploring Space
Martin Jenkins - illustrated by Stephen Biesty
How amazing that less than 100 years after the invention of the motor car, humans have built and launched vehicles that can leave the solar system. We've landed space probes on two planets, and visited Earth's own moon six times....
Lovereading Price: £11.99 - Saving £3.00 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/02/2017
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Titanic : Disaster at Sea
Martin Jenkins - illustrated by Brian Sanders
This fascinating book traces Titanic's history from blueprint to ocean dream and uncovers the factors that led to her tragic end. With technical diagrams, maps, passenger profiles and a timeline of the unfolding events, this 100th anniversary edition is a...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/03/2012
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Can We Save the Tiger?
Martin Jenkins - illustrated by Vicky White
Shortlisted for the 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal. The Judges said: The stunning portraits of the animals help the reader appreciate their beauty. Close-up observation and detail bring the animals to life. Flashes of colour are used sparingly but to great...
Lovereading Price: £9.59 - Saving £2.40 (20%) Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/02/2011
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