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Books in the series: My Story

A Picture of Freedom

A Picture of Freedom

Author: Patricia C McKissack Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2020

My Story: A Picture of Freedom is a tale based on the real-life memoirs of Clotee Henley, a young slave who helped over 150 slaves escape to freedom via the Underground Railroad. It's 1859 and Clotee is a slave in a Virginia plantation. It's illegal for slaves to read and write, but Clotee is teaching herself in secret. 'Freedom' is just another word she's learned to write. Then she finds out about the Underground Railroad, a network of people who help runaway slaves, and discovers that freedom is more than just a word... Experience history first-hand with My Story in this all-new look!

Mayflower

Mayflower

Author: Kathryn Lasky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2020

My Story: Mayflower is the thrilling story of a young girl arriving in the New World after a 65-day sea voyage. Remember (Mem) and her family have survived the gruelling sea voyage and reached the New World. Despite conditions, Mem is fearless - she helps care for the sick and wants more than anything to settle into her new home. Will she be able to do so with her friends and family? Experience history first-hand with My Story in this all-new look!

D-Day

D-Day

Author: Bryan Perrett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2020

My Story: D-Day is a vivid account firsthand account of the D-Day landings. It's 1944 when Lieutenant Andy Pope takes part in the D-Day landings, crossing the English Channel to the beaches of Normandy. Ordered to cut off the Germans' line of retreat, Andy's company comes under sustained attack. When he finds himself the only unwounded officer left, will he be able to do what it takes to command his men and fight for survival? Experience history first-hand with My Story in this all-new look!

Noor Inayat Khan

Noor Inayat Khan

Author: Sufiya Ahmed Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2020

My Story: Noor Inayat Khan is the thrilling story of British-Indian World War Two heroine, Noor un-Nisa Inayat Khan. It's 1940 and hundreds of families are being forced to flee Nazi-occupied France. Noor refuses to sit back and do nothing while Nazi forces invade her home and terrorise her people, so she signs up to join the war efforts despite her mother's wishes. Soon she is chosen by Winston Churchill to go undercover into France. Noor returns home but this time as a secret agent. Can Noor keep her true identity a secret, report her findings back to London and help the Allies win the war? Experience history first-hand with My Story in this all-new look!

Blitz

Blitz

Author: Vince Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

My Story: Blitz is a thrilling wartime tale about two siblings evacuated to Wales. It's 1940, and with London under fire Edie and her little brother are evacuated to Wales. Miles from home and missing her family, Edie is determined to be strong, but when life in the countryside proves tougher than in the capital she is torn between obeying her parents and protecting her brother. Experience history first-hand with My Story in this all-new look!

The Trenches

The Trenches

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

My Story: The Trenches is a thrilling wartime tale about the Great War. It's 1917 and Billy Stevens is a telegraph operator stationed near Ypres. The Great War has been raging for three years when Billy finds himself taking part in the deadly Big Push forward. But he is shocked to discover that the bullets of his fellow soldiers aren't just aimed at the enemy... Experience history first-hand with My Story in this all-new look!

The Titanic (reloaded)

The Titanic (reloaded)

Author: Ellen Emerson White Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

My Story: Titanic is the thrilling story of a young orphan on board the most famous sinking ship. Margaret Anne dreams of leaving the orphanage behind, and she can hardly believe her luck when she is chosen to accompany wealthy Mrs Carstairs aboard the great Titanic. But when the passengers are woken on a freezing night in April 1912, she finds herself caught up in an unimaginable nightmare. With the Titanic sinking fast, she must fight for survival. Experience history first-hand with My Story in this all-new look!

The Berlin Olympics

The Berlin Olympics

Author: Vince Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

Experience history first-hand with My Story! My Story: Berlin Olympics winds the clock back to 1936, the year the Olympics took place in Nazi Germany. London-born Eleanor Rhys Davies's dream comes true when she is selected to represent Britain as a swimmer. But Berlin under Hitler can be a hostile place, and Eleanor iswitness to the murmurings that will finally erupt into WWII.

The Great Plague

The Great Plague

Author: Pamela Oldfield Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

The Great Plague is a thrilling story of a young girl during the epidemic of 1665. It's 1665, and Alice is looking forward to being back in London. But the plague is spreading quickly, and as each day passes more red crosses appear on doors. When her aunt is struck down with the plague, she is forced to make a decision that could change her life forever... Alice's chilling diary brings alive one of the darkest momentsin British history: the Great Plague of 1665-1666. Experience history first-hand with My Story in this all-new look!

My Story: D-Day

My Story: D-Day

Author: Bryan Perrett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2019

A vivid account firsthand account of the D-Day landings. It's 1944 when Lieutenant Andy Pope takes part in the D-Day landings, crossing the English Channel to the beaches of Normandy. Ordered to cut off the Germans' line of retreat, Andy's company comes under sustained attack. When he finds himself the only unwounded officer left, will he be able to do what it takes to command his men and fight for survival?

Hero at Dunkirk

Hero at Dunkirk

Author: Vince Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

Joe Read was 15 years old when he was caught up in a moment in history no one will ever forget. Winston Churchill called it 'a miracle of deliverance' when over 300,000 British and allied soldiers were rescued from the beaches of Dunkirk by a fleet of over 800 boats. Joe and his father Wally risked their lives taking their pleasure craft, the New Britannic, across the channel. Joe's story is told here for the first time.

Battle of Britain

Battle of Britain

Author: Chris Priestley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

It's 1939 and Harry Woods is a Spitfire pilot in the RAF. When his friend Lenny loses his leg in a dogfight with the Luftwaffe, Harry is determined to fight on. That is, until his plane is hit and he finds himself tumbling through the air high above the English Channel...

Victoria

Victoria

Author: Anna Kirwan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

It's 1829, and young Princess Victoria's life is full of constraints. Brought up hidden from the world and protected even from walking downstairs alone, the ten-year-old princess decides to write a secret diary about life at Kensington Palace. But little does she know that she is about to make a startling discovery. Closer to the throne than she ever imagined, Victoria spans a fascinating year in the life of a future queen.

Wartime Princess

Wartime Princess

Author: Valerie Wilding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2016

In 1939, on a royal tour of Dartmouth Naval College, Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) meets the dashing Prince Philip of Greece. Immediately they begin a correspondence, as war breaks out across Europe, where Philip is sent to serve in the Navy. Elizabeth convinces her father the King, despite his reservations, to allow her to sign up to the war effort and joins the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service. Serving her country, driving trucks and fixing cars, Elizabeth wonders, will she ever see her prince again...?

Codename Celine

Codename Celine

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2015

The Special Operations Executive (SOE) was formed in July 1940 - its mission: to send agents into occupied Europe to conduct covert operations against Allied enemies. Many of these agents were women and girls. MY STORY: CODENAME C LINE tells the thrilling tale of 'C line', a young teenager, desperate to do her bit towards the war effort. Parachuted into occupied France to help the Resistance, C line finds herself on the front line of fierce and terrifying fighting - will she be able to keep her nerve and complete her mission before it's too late?

Highway Girl

Highway Girl

Author: Valerie Wilding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

It's 1670. When Susannah and her brother are orphaned she is forced to live on the charity of distant relations in England while he seeks his fortune in America. But when news arrives that her brother is dangerously ill Susannah will stop at nothing to get the money she desperately needs to save his life...

The Trenches

The Trenches

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Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

The extreme danger and appalling horrors of fighting in the trenches during the First World War are made dramatically real in this diary of Billy, a young lad growing up in Carlisle. Billy’s mum is dead against him signing up but he is determined to show what he is made of. Everyone thought the war would be over by Christmas but, when Billy turns 16 in 1917, it is still raging. Despite his mum’s objections, Billy is determined to join up. Billy’s experiences as the British army prepares for the Big Push are vividly imagined. Photographs and a timeline add useful detail to this effecting story. ~ Julia Eccleshare

D-Day

D-Day

Author: Bryan Perrett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

It's 1944 when Lieutenant Andy Pope takes part in the D-Day landings, crossing the English Channel to the beaches of Normandy. Ordered to cut off the Germans' line of retreat, Andy's company comes under sustained attack until, as the only unwounded officer left, Andy finds himself in command and fighting for survival...

Wartime Princess

Wartime Princess

Author: Valerie Wilding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

In 1939, on a royal tour of Dartmouth Naval College, Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) meets the dashing Prince Philip of Greece. Immediately they begin a correspondence, as war breaks out across Europe, where Philip is sent to serve in the Navy. Elizabeth convinces her father the King, despite his reservations, to allow her to sign up to the war effort and joins the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service. Serving her country, driving trucks and fixing cars, Elizabeth wonders, will she ever see her prince again...?

No Way Back

No Way Back

Author: Valerie Wilding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2012

Join Mary Wade on a long and perilous journey that begins in the slums of eighteenth century London. Aged thirteen, Mary is imprisoned in Newgate prison awaiting sentence of death for a petty theft. When her sentence is commuted to transportation she sets sail onboard a prison ship to the other side of the world. Australia brings the promise of a new life, but does Mary have what it takes to make it in the land of opportunity?

Suffragette

Suffragette

Author: Carol Drinkwater Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2011

18th June, 1910 We marched from the Embankment to the Albert Hall. It was a glorious day. The sun shone warmly. Everyone was in good spirits. There were aristocrats, artists, even my mother looked happy. She who has been so opposed to my work with the WSPU. More than 10,000 people had rallied and there were dozens of bands playing. It was quite incredible. We waved banners, carried flowers, sang along with the tunes. Hundreds who have been imprisoned for our Cause marched together in a powerful band. It was all very rousing of spirit. I felt proud to be a woman, proud to be alive, proud to be a part of a movement that is fighting to make a difference.

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Author: Kathryn Lasky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2010

Daughter of a fallen queen, young Princess Elizabeth lives a complicated and dangerous life. She fears her father's famous temper but loves him dearly - she would trade all her jewels just to be noticed by him! As the royal family moves palaces, court intrigue swirls around the young princess, under the threat of a French invasion...

Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

Author: Kathryn Lasky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2010

At just 11 years old, the young princess Mary is sent from her native Scotland to live in the court of her future father-in-law, King Henry-II of France. She spends her time attending balls, hunting and hawking, learning Latin and fractions and music, and playing with her future husband, Francis. But all the while Mary is quite.

Anne Boleyn and Me

Anne Boleyn and Me

Author: Alison Prince Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2010

When the King came riding in on his big, black horse, a murmur went up, because his tunic was stitched with the words, DECLARE I DARE NOT. All the ladies were giggling behind their hands, and I asked Mama what it meant. Her face had turned quite pink and she said, \ Never mind,\ so I asked Rosanna later. She told me the words meant the King has a new love, but he dares not say her name. But everyone knows her name, of course. It is Anne Boleyn.

Slave Girl

Slave Girl

Author: Patricia C. McKissack Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2009

Clotee is a slave in a Virginia plantation. To her, freedom is the greatest word in the world. In the slave quarters, people pray for freedom, or as they call it 'heaven'. But when will it come?

D-Day

D-Day

Author: Bryan Perrett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/06/2004

Jim Dodd is an 18-year-old Second Lieutenant in an infantry battalion, a former Territorial unit. He is younger than many of the men in his platoon, but earns their respect by handling the men well on exercise and looking after their welfare. At the beginning of 1944, his battalion is mobilised and a veteran of the desert war and former POW is sent in as commander. He drives the company mercilessly, flaying them with criticism. After rehearsing its role in the landings on the Normandy coast, Jim's battalion joins the huge armada crossing the Channel, fighters and bombers accompanying them overhead to pound the coastal defences as the landing crafts go in. By the end of D Day, the British and Canadians have established themselves firmly on Juno, Gold and Sword beaches, and the Americans on Utah beach (having sustained heavy losses on Omaha beach - the arena of action in Saving Private Ryan). Jim's battalion goes on to join the fighting in the French hinterland, where Jim realises that his commander's ruthless methods result in a lower loss of life than other companies. Jim goes on to take part in two major operations (Totalise and Tractable) to smash through the German lines. His task is to secure a village and its crossroads in the centre of the enemy escape route. What follows is based on the real-life struggle for Mont Ormel. Jim's company is subjected to constant attacks from the Waffen SS and, as the only unwounded officer left, Jim finds himself in charge of the situation...

Flying Ace

Flying Ace

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2003

Jack Fairfax is the 19-year old second son of Lord and Lady Fairfax. The Fairfaxes are steeped in the military tradition, and don't approve of Jack's volunteering for the Royal Flying Corps. New-fangled flying machines are nothing to do with 'proper' warfare. Nevertheless, Jack takes to the skies in his Bleriot plane, and faces the skills of the German ace pilots over the Somme. When his best friend is shot down by one of them, he vows to avenge him...

Slave Girl The Diary of Clotee, Virginia, USA 1859

Slave Girl The Diary of Clotee, Virginia, USA 1859

Author: Patricia C. McKissack Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2003

Day or two later Freedom is one of the first words I teached myself to write. Down in the Quarters people pray for freedom - they sing 'bout freedom, but to keep Mas' Henley from knowing' their true feelings, they call freedom 'heaven'. Everybody's mind is on freedom. But it is the word that aine never showed me no picture. While fannin' this afternoon, my eyes fell on 'freedom' in a book William was reading'. No wonder I don't see northing'. I been spelling' it FR-E-D-U-M. I put the right letters in my head to make sure I remembered their place. F-R-E-E-D-O-M. I just wrote it. Still no picture...

Battle of Britain Harry Woods, England 1939-1941

Battle of Britain Harry Woods, England 1939-1941

Author: Chris Priestly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2002

OCTOBER 1940 I was out, free of my aircraft, tumbling wildly in the air. I pulled the ripcord. I was jerked back by the parachute as air punched into it and I swung there like a puppet, winded and gasping for breath. I looked down at my leg. It felt like a bear was gnawing on it but it was still in one piece. For now, anyway. Then I heard it-right behind me. An Me 109 diving towards me, guns blazing. There was nothing I could do. Nowhere I could go. Shells whistled past me on either side. I just thought, OK then. if this is it, OK. Maybe my turn had finally come...

'45 Rising; The Diary of Euphemia Grant, Scotland 1745-1746

'45 Rising; The Diary of Euphemia Grant, Scotland 1745-1746

Author: Francis Mary Hendry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/11/2001

Voyage on the Great Titanic

Voyage on the Great Titanic

Author: Ellen Emerson White Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/04/2001

Read Margaret's account of the Titanic disaster.

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