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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...

Mill Girl

Mill Girl

Author: Sue Reid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2015

In spring 1842 Eliza is shocked when she is sent to work in the Manchester cotton mills - the noisy, suffocating mills. The work is backbreaking and dangerous - and when she sees her friends' lives wrecked by poverty, sickness and unrest, Eliza realizes she must fight to escape the fate of a mill girl...

Workhouse

Workhouse

Author: Pamela Oldfield Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2015

Workhouse is the gripping tale of a girl drawn into the world of a Victorian workhouse. It's January 1871 when Edith, the sheltered daughter of a wealthy widow, pays her first eventful visit to the workhouse for the poor. There she meets Rosie, a rebellious, quick-tempered orphan who is always getting into trouble. Edith soon finds herself drawn into Rosie's wild schemes and both their lives are never the same again...

Suffragette

Suffragette

Author: Carol Drinkwater Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

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.

Pompeii

Pompeii

Author: Sue Reid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2015

Pompeii is an engaging story of one of history's most eruptive disasters. It's August AD 78 and Claudia is at the Forum in Pompeii. It's a day of strange encounters and even odder portents. When the ground shakes Claudia is convinced it is a bad omen. What does it all mean? And why is she so disturbed by Vesuvius, the great volcano that looms over the city...?

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.

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?

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?

Road to War

Road to War

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

It's 1917 and the Great War rages in Europe. When Daffy Rowntree's brother goes missing in action she refuses to sit safely in England, and determines to do something to help win the war. Soon she finds herself in the mud and horror of the battlefields of France, driving an ambulance transporting the wounded of the trenches...

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...?

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?

My Story: Suffragette (centenary edition)

My Story: Suffragette (centenary edition)

Author: Carol Drinkwater Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2018

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.

Roman Invasion

Roman Invasion

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

It's AD 84 when Bran, a prince of the Carvetii tribe, is captured by the Romans. A legion of soldiers is marching east, to build a military road. It's hostile country, and Bran is to go with them as a hostage to ensure the legion's safety ... but no one is safe in newly conquered Britain.

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...

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.

The Trenches

The Trenches

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

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...

Slave Girl

Slave Girl

Author: Patricia C. McKissack Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

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?

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...

Young Nanny

Young Nanny

Author: Frances Mary Hendry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2010

The diary of Lily Hicks, London 1850-1851: 'The Crystal Palace is more wonderful every time we go, with coloured light everywhere so airy and delicate, but strong. Master has made a miracle, everybody says so. And as for the exhibits inside, there are more and more every day'.

Pompeii A Roman Girl's Diary, AD 78-79

Pompeii A Roman Girl's Diary, AD 78-79

Author: Sue Reid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2008

Pompeii is an engaging story of one of history's most eruptive disasters. It's August AD 78 and Claudia is at the Forum in Pompeii. It's a day of strange encounters and even odder portents. When the ground shakes Claudia is convinced it is a bad omen. What does it all mean? And why is she so disturbed by Vesuvius, the great volcano that looms over the city...

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...?

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?

Battle of Britain A Second World War Spitfire Pilot, 1939-1941

Battle of Britain A Second World War Spitfire Pilot, 1939-1941

Author: Chris Priestley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2008

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.

The Great Plague A London Girl's Diary, 1665-1666

The Great Plague A London Girl's Diary, 1665-1666

Author: Pamela Oldfield Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2008

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 moments in British history: the Great Plague of 1665-1666.

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...

Titanic An Edwardian Girl's Diary, 1912

Titanic An Edwardian Girl's Diary, 1912

Author: Ellen Emerson White Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/12/2007

Margaret Anne dreams of leaving the orphanage behind, and she can hardly believe her luck when she is chosen to accompany wealth 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...

Sophie's Secret War

Sophie's Secret War

Author: Jill Atkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2009

In 1939, the start of the Second World War, Sophie becomes a messenger for a Resistance group in Northern France. But as the German invaders overwhelm the British forces on the French coast, Sophie finds herself more deeply involved with the Resistance - in a dangerous plan to save a young Scottish soldier...

Titanic An Edwardian Girl's Diary,1912

Titanic An Edwardian Girl's Diary,1912

Author: Ellen Emerson White Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2012

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.

Viking Blood; A Viking Warrior AD 1008

Viking Blood; A Viking Warrior AD 1008

Author: Andrew Donkin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2008

It's 1008 AD, and after being injured in a raid that goes horribly wrong, Tor Scaldbane is devastated at losing his chance to be a legendary warrior. But then he remembers the sagas of his ancestors; glorious, bloody battles, ancient heroes, powerful gods ...and realizes that all might not be lost after all...

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.

Desert Danger

Desert Danger

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2012

DESERT DANGER is the story of 19-year-old Tim Jackson, in North Africa during World War II. Set during the decisive Battle of El Alamein that took place in Egypt in 1942, this is the tale of a young man serving with the British 'Eighth Army' who destroyed German forces. Vividly imagined and historically accurate, readers are taken on a first-hand journey of danger and peril where Tim is desperately trying to keep his hands steady and nerves calm so he can move mines and clear the path for the army to the front

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...

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.

Stories of the First World War

Stories of the First World War

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

The story of the war of 1914-1918 told through the experiences of twelve children and young people. From the efforts on the Home Front in both Britain and Germany, to the young soldiers in the trenches at the Western Front and from the horrors of Gallipoli to the naval battle of Jutland.

The Sweep's Boy

The Sweep's Boy

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2010

It's 1870 when the Workhouse Master hires Will out as a chimney sweep's boy. It's a hard, dirty, dangerous life, and it's not long before events take an even worse turn, as Will's climbing skill attract the attention of the evil Hutch, who needs just such boy to help him with his burglary jobs...

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...

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.

Trenches Billy Stevens, the Western Front, 1914-1918

Trenches Billy Stevens, the Western Front, 1914-1918

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2002

JUNE 1917 Mustard gas! A feeling of panic hit me and I scrambled to get my respirator over my face before the killer gas got into my mouth and nose and burnt my lungs. It burned everything it touched. Eyes. Skin. And it always found a way in. Like now, I could feel where it had crept up inside the sleeves of my uniform and the skin on my arms felt like it was on fire. I threw myself into a muddy hole, pushing my arms under water, but I knew it was already too late. I stumbled to my feet, saturated, with the weight of wet mud clinging to me. I couldn't move. I couldn't see...

'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

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.

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...

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...

The Trenches

The Trenches

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

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...

Berlin Olympics

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 is witness to the murmurings that will finally erupt into WWII.

Blitz (reloaded)

Blitz (reloaded)

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 (reloaded)

The Trenches (reloaded)

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!

Titanic (reloaded)

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 Great Plague (reloaded)

The Great Plague (reloaded)

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 moments in British history: the Great Plague of 1665-1666. Experience history first-hand with My Story in this all-new look!

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