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Claudia Martin - Author

About the Author

CLAUDIA MARTIN has worked in book publishing for 17 years. She is the author of several books and websites for children and young people. Her favourite subjects are history, current affairs and technology.

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Adventures in STEAM: Computers

Adventures in STEAM: Computers

Author: Claudia Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2019

Take a look at how computers are designed, how engineers program them and how all the data in computers is held. Find out about memory, outputs and inputs, explore amazing feats of computing such as the web, artificial intelligence and virtual reality and imagine what computers might be able to do in the future. Test your understanding with fun activities, such as writing your own program using a programming language such as Scratch. Inject some fun into STEAM topics with these lively examinations of buildings, robots, computers, vehicles, materials and space! This bright, colourful series aims to inspire children aged 8 and up with a lifelong love of STEAM subjects.

Adventures in STEAM: Materials

Adventures in STEAM: Materials

Author: Claudia Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

Materials are all around us! Investigate the many different forms that materials take, from chunky solids to runny liquids, and find out how materials are used according to their unique properties. Explore how materials are changed by chemical reactions, how important it is to recycle materials and discover some famous inventors whose visions have transformed the world we live in. Test your understanding with fun projects, such as making a chemical volcano. Inject some fun into STEAM topics, with these lively examinations of buildings, robots, computers, vehicles, materials and space! This bright, colourful series aims to inspire children aged 8 and up with a lifelong love of STEAM subjects.

Why do we remember?: The Battle of Hastings

Why do we remember?: The Battle of Hastings

Author: Claudia Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2019

Why Do We Remember?: The Battle of Hastings looks at the gripping events that led up to the famous battle of Hastings in 1066 and the following Norman conquest of Anglo-Saxon Britain. This simple, friendly children's first history series, aimed at readers aged 5 and up, takes a close look at some key events and personalities through history and reveals how and why they are still important to us today. A perfect support to learning about history at Key Stage 1, each book uses a rich variety of historical sources, from diaries to paintings, to bring events to life, while simple historical vocabulary is introduced and explained. Each book also features a simple timeline and explores how we find about the past. All text has been carefully checked by a historian.

The History Detective Investigates: Early Islamic Civilization

The History Detective Investigates: Early Islamic Civilization

Author: Claudia Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

How did Islam start? What weapons did Islamic warriors use? Where was the 'Round City'? Who invented the elephant clock? This book helps children at Key Stage 2 discover the answers to these and other fascinating questions. It also recommends sites on the Internet and sources in local libraries where they can find out more about early Islamic civilization. The detective shows readers how to create their own project reimagining a stroll through Baghdad, interview their favourite scientist or inventor from the Islamic world and spot the key features of mosques. Packed with fascinating information, The History Detective Investigates series inspires children's curiosity to find out more about the past.

The War in Syria

The War in Syria

Author: Claudia Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

The media is full of images and stories about the people of Syria and the suffering they have undergone in recent years. This book looks in detail at the history of the conflict, explains how it came about and the plight of the refugees, while emphasising the point of view of the people actually involved.

The War in Syria

The War in Syria

Author: Claudia Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

The media is full of images and stories about the people of Syria and the suffering they have undergone in recent years. This book looks in detail at the history of the conflict, explains how it came about and the plight of the refugees, while emphasising the point of view of the people actually involved.

Our World in Crisis: Terrorism

Our World in Crisis: Terrorism

Author: Claudia Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/05/2018

What is terrorism? How do terrorists differ from other criminals? What makes some individuals and groups decide to use violence to create terror as a means of achieving their aims? This book looks at the history of terrorism and analyses the motivations for its use. It looks at what is being done to tackle terrorism and asks readers to think about what they can do to help people in countries affected by terrorism, for example by fundraising for organisations supporting victims of terrorist attacks.

Explore!: The Indus Valley

Explore!: The Indus Valley

Author: Claudia Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/04/2018

Around 4,000 years ago, the Indus Valley was home to a great civilisation. Find out about the mysterious rulers of the Indus Valley, their splendid cities and their flushing toilets. How were the cities of the Indus Valley built? What were homes like? What food did people eat? What gods were worshipped? This book helps children at Key Stage 2 discover the answers to these and other fascinating questions. It also recommends sites on the Internet and sources in their local library where they can find out more about the Indus Valley. Packed with fascinating information, the Explore! series inspires children's curiosity to find out more about the past. A great tool for readers age 8+ or teachers looking for books to support the new curriculum.

Our World in Crisis: Immigration

Our World in Crisis: Immigration

Author: Claudia Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/03/2018

People have many different reasons for leaving their home country, but they are nearly always looking for a better or safer life. This book considers the pull factors that attract people to another country and the push factors that drive them from their home country. It looks at movements of people in the past, the impact of current immigration and the arguments that people put forward in favour or against welcoming immigrants to a country. It asks readers to think about what they can do to learn more about this global issue and the people affected by it.

Rock Explorer: Fossils

Rock Explorer: Fossils

Author: Claudia Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2018

Did you know that thousands of years ago the ancient Chinese found dinosaur fossils and thought they were dragon bones? Or that everyone thought the coelacanth fish had been extinct for 66 million years, and then in 1938 living coelacanths were discovered off the coast of Africa? Fossils are the remains of animals and plants that lived thousands or millions of years ago and are the best way for us to understand how we, and other species, have evolved over time. This comprehensive and accessible introduction to palaeontology shows the beliefs and myths that have advanced - and inhibited - our understanding of evolution. Full of facts and photos of real-life excavations from all over the , world, it gives advice on where to find fossils and how to treat ancient remains with care. A brilliant first introduction to palaeontology, featuring awesome photography that captures ancient fossils.

Rock Explorer: Minerals

Rock Explorer: Minerals

Author: Claudia Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2018

Did you know that if you pass electricity through quartz, it shakes at a regular pace? That is why many watches contain a tiny quartz crystal, to keep them ticking evenly. And did you know rhodium is far more expensive than gold? It is used in cars' catalytic converters, which cut down the pollution from exhausts. Discover how and where minerals form, why some minerals are rarer than others, and how they are used to advance technology with this fascinating fact-filled book. Plus, find out what gives some minerals their fabulous colours and why some form intricate patterns and shapes in this absorbing, illustrated non-fiction title.

Rock Explorer: Rocks

Rock Explorer: Rocks

Author: Claudia Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2018

Did you know there are three different kinds of rock - igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic? Find what our earth is made of and what processes make it a constantly changing environment, in this fun introduction to geology. From how rocks form and their distinguishing features, to whether they are valuable to scarce and where to find them, this accessible guide is full of fascinating facts to uncover, revealing the secrets of the past.

Rock Explorer: Gems

Rock Explorer: Gems

Author: Claudia Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2018

Did you know that sometimes diamonds fall to Earth from space inside rocks called meteorites? Most gemstones are minerals which form in the ground as rock heated in the Earth cools down. As minerals grow, they make regular shapes called crystals. Discover more fabulous facts about gemstones in this comprehensive and accessible guide, which features agate, amber, amethyst, diamond, emerald, jasper, lapis lazuli, opal, ruby and sapphire. Packed with stunning photographs of bright, shiny gems, as well as more practical images of excavation and extraction, this book explains how different environments affect different gemstones and provides a colourful insight into the geology of our world.

Adventures in STEAM: Materials

Adventures in STEAM: Materials

Author: Claudia Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/12/2017

Inject some fun into STEAM topics, with these lively examinations of buildings, robots, computers, vehicles, materials and space! This bright, colourful new series aims to inspire children with a lifelong love of STEAM subjects. Education in these five areas is very much an interdisciplinary approach, therefore these books will cover all of the STEAM subjects in each title, highlighting the importance of a well-rounded scientific education.

Adventures in STEAM: Computers

Adventures in STEAM: Computers

Author: Claudia Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/10/2017

Take a look at how computers are designed, how engineers program them and how all the data in computers is held. Find out about memory, outputs and inputs, explore amazing feats of computing such as the web, artificial intelligence and virtual reality and imagine what computers might be able to do in the future. Test your understanding with fun activities, such as writing your own program using a programming language such as Scratch. Inject some fun into STEAM topics, with these lively examinations of buildings, robots, computers, vehicles, materials and space! This bright, colourful new series aims to inspire children with a lifelong love of STEAM subjects.

The History Detective Investigates: London

The History Detective Investigates: London

Author: Claudia Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/05/2017

Explore the rich history of London! Find out about when the Romans settled Londinium in AD48, Saxon Lundenwic, William Conqueror and the Tower of London, medieval trade and the Black Death, Tudor Londoners and how they found entertainment from festivals and alehouses to theatres and football, how the Great Fire changed London, the Bow Street Runners and Henry Fielding, Robert Peel and the police force, Joseph Bazalgette and the sewers of London after the Great Stink; how the opening of the Tube expanded London; the Blitz and the rebuilding; the arrival of the Windrush from Jamaica making London even more multicultural and how London is still changing today with everyone wanting to see London's famous landmarks from St Paul's to the London Eye and Buckingham Palace. Read about the people who have influenced London such as Boudicca, Edward the Confessor,Aethelred the Unready, Bede, William the Conqueror, William of Poitiers, Dick Whittington, Shakespeare, Samuel Pepys, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. Follow the dog, Sherlock Bones, as he guides you around London and encourages you to find out more. Learn how you can make your own project about London. Ideally suited for readers age 8+ or teachers who are looking for books to support the new curriculum for 2014. If you enjoy reading about the History Detective, then take a look at other titles in this series, such as the Stone Age to Iron Age, Ancient Greece, Ancient Sumer, The Mayan Civilization, The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China and Early Islamic Civilizations.

Explore!: The Indus Valley

Explore!: The Indus Valley

Author: Claudia Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2017

Around 4,000 years ago, the Indus Valley was home to a great civilisation. Find out about the mysterious rulers of the Indus Valley, their splendid cities and their flushing toilets. How were the cities of the Indus Valley built? What were homes like? What food did people eat? What gods were worshipped? This book helps children at Key Stage 2 discover the answers to these and other fascinating questions. It also recommends sites on the Internet and sources in their local library where they can find out more about the Indus Valley. Packed with fascinating information, the Explore! series inspires children's curiosity to find out more about the past. A great tool for readers age 8+ or teachers looking for books to support the new curriculum.

Inspirational Lives: Tim Berners-Lee

Inspirational Lives: Tim Berners-Lee

Author: Claudia Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2017

The series focuses on the people who inspire children today. Each book looks at the background, life and achievements of a personality, their impact on popular culture as well as detailing the everyday facets of their job and how they have gained such success. This title explores how Tim Bernes-Lee, the British born computer scientist, became the man to invent the World Wide Web. Carrying on to become the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium, Tim Bernes-Lee has been awarded for 'ground breaking innovation in engineering that has been of global benefit to humanity', and will continue to inspire for generations.

My Little Book of Weather

My Little Book of Weather

Author: Claudia Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/04/2016

Few things have such a profound effect on our everyday lives as the weather. Weather conditions decide whether we go out or stay in, and even what we need to wear, but for enquiring young minds, there are far more exciting things going on in our atmosphere than an occasional shower of rain. Lightning, blizzards, hurricanes and hailstorms are all explained in My Little Book of Weather along with how our climate and the atmosphere work and how we can predict the weather. Using clear, concise text and colourful illustrations and photographs, the mysteries of our changing weather patterns are explored.

Inspirational Lives: Malala Yousafzai

Inspirational Lives: Malala Yousafzai

Author: Claudia Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/2016

Take a look at the life of Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. Find out about her human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native province of northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school and the international movement it has inspired. Discover how Malala, a schoolgirl from Pakistan, stood up to the Taliban and defended her right to obtaining an education. From her initial blogging for the BBC, to the shooting that rocked the world, to her emergence as a powerful speaker in favour of feminist rights, Malala's story will amaze and inspire.

The History Detective Investigates: London

The History Detective Investigates: London

Author: Claudia Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/01/2016

Explore the rich history of London! Find out about when the Romans settled Londinium in AD48, Saxon Lundenwic, William Conqueror and the Tower of London, medieval trade and the Black Death, Tudor Londoners and how they found entertainment from festivals and alehouses to theatres and football, how the Great Fire changed London, the Bow Street Runners and Henry Fielding, Robert Peel and the police force, Joseph Bazalgette and the sewers of London after the Great Stink; how the opening of the Tube expanded London; the Blitz and the rebuilding; the arrival of the Windrush from Jamaica making London even more multicultural and how London is still changing today with everyone wanting to see London's famous landmarks from St Paul's to the London Eye and Buckingham Palace. Read about the people who have influenced London such as Boudicca, Edward the Confessor,Aethelred the Unready, Bede, William the Conqueror, William of Poitiers, Dick Whittington, Shakespeare, Samuel Pepys, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. Follow the dog, Sherlock Bones, as he guides you around London and encourages you to find out more. Learn how you can make your own project about London. Ideally suited for readers age 8+ or teachers who are looking for books to support the new curriculum for 2014. If you enjoy reading about the History Detective, then take a look at other titles in this series, such as the Stone Age to Iron Age, Ancient Greece, Ancient Sumer, The Mayan Civilization, The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China and Early Islamic Civilizations.

Explore!: The Indus Valley

Explore!: The Indus Valley

Author: Claudia Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2015

How were the cities of the Indus Valley built? What were homes like? What food did people eat? What gods were worshipped? This book helps children at Key Stage 2 discover the answers to these and other fascinating questions. It also recommends sites on the Internet and sources in your local library where you can find out more about the Indus Valley. The detective shows readers how to create your own project about daily life in Mohenjo-Daro, make Indus Valley-style figurine and interview the rulers of the Indus Valley. Packed with fascinating information, The History Detective Investigates series inspires children's curiosity to find out more about the past. A great tool for readers age 8+ or teachers looking for books to support the new curriculum for 2014.

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