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After several years teaching at a variety of institutions in Britain, the USA, the Middle East and Sri Lanka, Stewart Ross became a full-time writer eleven years ago. With over 175 published titles to his credit, in a remarkably short time he has become one of Britain’s most popular and versatile authors.
As well as prize-winning books for children, both fiction and non-fiction, he has written two popular novels, two plays, two librettos, and several widely acclaimed historical works, particularly on Scotland. His books, several of which are illustrated with his own photographs, have been translated into about a dozen languages.
Current projects include a third adult novel, five volumes in Hodder's Survivors series of children's historical fiction, more volumes in their Stories From History for young children, several other historical stories and works of non-fiction, a Jubilee revue, and a musical with Paul Englishby (musical director of Captain Corelli's Mandolin'). A frequent lecturer, notably on the QE2, and occasional journalist and broadcaster, Stewart lives near Canterbury with his wife and four children. Each morning escapes domestic hubbub by commuting ten metres to work in a large hut in the garden.
Top selling author/ illustrator Ross and Biesty have created a thrilling presentation of fourteen amazing expeditions over land and sea and into space. From the Greek Pytheas who sailed to the Arctic Circle in a small sailing boat with very simple instruments to Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s famous high-tech Moon Landing watched on TV by millions over the world in 1969, these feats of courage, imagination and science are brought to life in words and pictures. There are flaps to open, diagrams to unfold while the cover opens out into a giant world-map poster.
Winner of the 2011 Educational Writers’ Award. One of the greatest events of the twentieth century, the unforgettable moment of man’s first landing on the Moon provides the perfect platform for this wide ranging introduction to many different aspects of the moon. After excellent coverage of the moon landing itself complete with the iconic photographs and a useful time line, the book explores the effect the moon has on everything that happens on earth as well as the myriad ways in which the moon has been perceived through history and by different cultures. Don’t forget that the most likely people to have the chance to be part of a successful mission to Mars will be those aged around 9 now so if you have a budding astronaut then start here with this book and/or one of the other titles we’ve selected such as Mission to the Moon or One Small Step to get the pulse rate soaring and the excitement building!!!! The Educational Writers' Award was established in 2008 by ALCS (Author’s Licensing and Collecting Society) and The Society of Authors to celebrate educational writing that encourages creativity and wide reading. The prize was awarded at a ceremony at the House of Commons. Here's winning author Stewart with John Whittingdale MP, Chair of the APWG.
When Morcant and his father see a strange ship into the English Channel, they fear the worst. A few days later, Julius Caesar's army fights its way onto the beach nearby--and Morcant's life is soon in dreadful danger.
The Great Fire of London in 1666 is one the most remembered events of British history. This book simply retells the events of the fire, from its start in Pudding Lane to the reconstruction of London by Christopher Wren when it was all over. It considers how the wooden houses of the time allowed the fire to spread and how we know what happened from eyewitness accounts such as in Samuel Pepys' diary. Start-Up History is a series of 6 titles looking at everyday objects and events from their historical perspective and encourages readers to ask questions about what they can see on the page and how that might relate to their own experiences building skills and historical vocabulary. Perfect introductory history texts for 5-7 KS1 readers.
Walter Giffard of Normandy is a proud and ambitious knight. He longs to get his hands on the rich green fields of Buckinghamshire. So when William Duke of Normandy asks for help to conquer England. Walter hurries to his lord's side. But if William wants the English crown he's going to have to fight for it...
The mighty Qin Shi Huang calls himself China's 'First Emperor'. Even when he orders books to be burned no one dares resist him. No one Wei a young girl at the Emperor's court is not so sure. Why does her father want his servants to be muscle-men And what is that strange thing he has ordered his blacksmith to make
Athens is Saved is the story of the legendary young athlete who ran to Athens with the news of the Greeks' victory over the Persians at the Battle of Marathon - a feat that inspired one of the greatest of all modern races.
Twelve fascinating tales about the adventurers who travelled all over the globe, finding new plants and the amazing things they produce. Join Joseph Banks as he gets stranded on the Australian Great Barrier Reef whilst searching for new botanical specimens. Battle with the Mexican Emperor Montezuma against the invading Hernando Cortes - and watch as Cortes introduces chocolate to the rest of the world! Struggle with other travellers as they fight starvation, bears, strange diseases and tropical storms. Exciting, witty and wacky, these true-life tales span centuries and the globe, feature famous historical figures such as Captain Bligh, Darwin and Columbus and put the origins of 'everyday' plants into perspective.
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