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Simon Chapman - Author

About the Author

As well as writing the hit series Explorers Wanted, Simon Chapman has written for newspapers and recorded for Radio 4. He is also a self-confessed jungle-addict and has explored tropical rainforests all over the world. When he isn’t having adventures, Simon lives in Lancaster where he teaches physics.

Books by Simon Chapman

Nature Fights Back Band 18/Pearl

Nature Fights Back Band 18/Pearl

Author: Simon Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2022

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Levelled for guided and independent reading, each book includes ideas to support reading. Teaching and assessment support and eBooks are also available. Learn all about rewilding and how nature fights back even when it appears to have been wiped out. Discover how farmland grows back into forest, deserted cities turn into wilderness, and life appears on volcanoes which erupt from the sea. Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. Text type: An information book Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities Bitten by a crocodile, charged by giant otters and chased up a tree by peccary wild boars in the Amazon, Simon Chapman is a self-confessed jungle addict. He has trekked through untouched rainforests around the world but also seen the damage that people have done to them. His inspiration for his book, Nature Fights Back, comes from seeing how wild nature hangs on and can go on to thrive even when seemingly devastated by fire, pollution or logging.

Expedition Diaries: Borneo Rainforest

Expedition Diaries: Borneo Rainforest

Author: Simon Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2020

Simon is flying to the island of Borneo in the South China Sea. He plans to travel by boat and plane, and trek through one of the world's oldest rainforests to find orangutans in their natural equitorial habitat. He'll be sketching some of the island's thousands of species of tree, mammal and bird along the way. Simon Chapman, winner of the Blue Peter Book Award, brings geography to life, and his Expedition Diaries are a great way to introduce the world's biomes and habitats to children, direct from someone who's actually been in them - sometimes up to his neck! These books are perfect for sparking interest in this key school topic.

Expedition Diaries: African Savannah

Expedition Diaries: African Savannah

Author: Simon Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2020

Get stuck into exploring, and find out more about the world's amazing biomes, in these expedition diaries. Simon is journeying through Botswana, in southern Africa, through the wetlands of the Okavango Delta towards the open savannah and semi-desert of Namibia. The whole area is a biodiversity hotspot. Simon is documenting his journey, and there's one animal that he particularly wants to see more than any other: a black rhino. Simon Chapman, winner of the Blue Peter Book Award, brings geography to life, and his Expedition Diaries are a great way to introduce the world's biomes and habitats to children, direct from someone who's actually been in them - sometimes up to his neck! These books are perfect for sparking interest in this key school topic.

Expedition Diaries: Australian Outback

Expedition Diaries: Australian Outback

Author: Simon Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2020

Simon is in Darwin, Australia, preparing to travel through the unique mix of tropical forest, savannah and desert that make up the Australian Outback. But he's already worrying if his 4x4 is up to the job, and about the dangers posed by crocodiles, spiders and snakes - and road trains! Simon Chapman, winner of the Blue Peter Book Award, brings geography to life, and his Expedition Diaries are a great way to introduce the world's biomes and habitats to children, direct from someone who's actually been in them - sometimes up to his neck! These books are perfect for sparking interest in this key school topic.

Expedition Diaries: Amazon Basin

Expedition Diaries: Amazon Basin

Author: Simon Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2020

Simon is packed and heading off to a region of the Amazon Basin in northern Bolivia. Despite its size, it's a fragile biome, of mixed forest and river habitats. Simon plans to document his journey down the River Enatahua, but things go wrong right from the start: a rucksack is missing, along with his canoe ... Simon Chapman, winner of the Blue Peter Book Award, brings geography to life, and his Expedition Diaries are a great way to introduce the world's biomes and habitats to children, direct from someone who's actually been in them - sometimes up to his neck! These books are perfect for sparking interest in this key school topic.

Wind Turbine Syndrome A Communicated Disease

Wind Turbine Syndrome A Communicated Disease

Author: Simon Chapman, Fiona Crichton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2017

As governments around the world look for ways to curb fossil fuel emissions, more and more countries are adopting renewable energy sources. Wind power is one of the cheapest sources of renewable energy, and windfarms are often looked to as a solution. While generally welcomed in rural communities, there have been claims that wind turbines are responsible for a range of health problems. At last count an astonishing 247 symptoms had been attributed to wind turbines, from back pain and accelerated ageing to herpes and multiple sclerosis. Repeated reviews of the scientific evidence have found no grounds for these claims, yet they have continued to spread in some communities. Wind turbine syndrome shows all the hallmarks of a acommunicated disease': that is, an illness that is spread by people talking and writing about it. In short: people are worrying themselves sick. In Wind Turbine Syndrome: A Communicated Disease, Simon Chapman and Fiona Crichton explore the claims and tactics of the anti-windfarm movement, examine the scientific evidence, and consider how best to respond to anti-windfarm arguments.aSimon Chapman has become a touchstone for everything the extreme right hates: arguments grounded in fact, a passion for a healthier planet, and sometimes just a dose of plain common sense. His writing is erudition and conviction combined. Read on!'Peter Garrett, Midnight OilaThis is an important and timely book. Wind power is an essential element of our response to climate change. This book shows that the spread of the technology has been slowed by misinformation, misunderstanding and barefaced lies. Everyone concerned about the need to slow climate change should read this book and use it to counter the dishonest campaign against renewable energy.'Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe AO FTSE

Himalayas Bottom to Top Band 18/Pearl

Himalayas Bottom to Top Band 18/Pearl

Author: Simon Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2017

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level Take a look at the Himalayan mountain range - from the jungle valleys at the bottom right up to the icy peaks at the very top. Find out about the climate, the vegetation and the wildlife and how people live their lives at each level. Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. Text type - An information book. The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. The glossary and index can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. Curriculum links: Geography

Smoke Signals Selected Writing

Smoke Signals Selected Writing

Author: Simon Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2016

Smoke Signals gathers 71 of Professor Simon Chapman's authoritative, acerbic and often heretical essays from across his 40-year career. They cover major developments and debates in tobacco control, public health ethics, cancer screening, gun control, and panics about low risk agents such as wi-fi, mobile phone towers and wind turbines. This collection is an essential guide to many key debates in contemporary public health. It will be invaluable to public health students and practitioners, and provides compelling, entertaining reading for anyone interested in health policy.

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