Inside Dominoes (9)
'My first journey was a pilgrimage to Mecca. I got on a donkey and said "Goodbye" to my parents in Tangier when I was 21. My mother cried.'
In this way Ibn Battuta, one of the greatest travellers in the world, begins telling his story to his nephew, Ahmed.
His many journeys take him to new and interesting places far from home. He sees many strange and wonderful things, has many funny and frightening experiences, and meets many different people along the way.
This is his story...
'Well, Yusuf, are you sure that you want to be a soldier?'
'I'll do my best, Uncle.'
When Yusuf went to Aleppo to learn to fight under General Shirkuh, no one knew what this young man would do with his life.
But years later, Yusuf became the great and chivalrous general, Saladin - the man who helped to bring Muslims together to win back the holy city of Jerusalem from the Franks. This is his story...
Over the years hunters, poachers, and war have killed many of the gorillas of central Africa. But there are still a few hundred living high in the mists of the Virunga Mountains.
When Dian Fossey first saw a family of wild mountain gorillas in the Virungas she knew that she must help these wonderful animals. This true story tells of the twenty years she lived with them, watched them, wrote about them, and protected them. In the end, she gave her life for them.
Text adaptation by Bill Bowler
The weather in England that summer had been so awful that Gerald's mother sold the family house and took her children to live on the Mediterranean island of Corfu. Between lessons, the ten-year-old Gerald was free to walk round the sunny island and discover the wonderful people and animals living there.
This is the story of Gerald's adventures with the fascinating animals of Corfu, and, of course, with his surprising family and their friends.
Jann Huizenga and Linda Huizenga
'All men are created equal...'
When Thomas Jefferson wrote these words in June 1776, in the American Declaration of Independence, he started something that was very much bigger than he imagined.
This book looks at the history around that Declaration, and at the Revolution that led to the birth of the United States of America.
It's London, 1666. It's a hot, dry summer. A small fire starts in a baker's shop in Pudding Lane. Soon the city of London is burning and the fire-fighters can't stop the fire. People are running from their houses down to the River Thames.
But how does the fire begin and who can stop it? What is the King of England doing to help?
Retold by Janet Hardy-Gould
When the Emperor calls every man to join the army and fight the enemy, Mulan's father is old and ill, and cannot go. Wearing men's clothes and riding a horse, Mulan leaves her family and fights bravely for the Emperor in her father's place.
She is soon a hero for all the soldiers in the Chinese army. One of them, Ye Ming, is her best friend. But does he know that she is a woman? And can Mulan fall in love with a friend?
How much do you know about the Wild West? What do you know about cowboys and Indians, about wagon trails and gunfights?
Inside this book you will find the true story of the Wild West, and of some of the famous people who lived and worked there. People like Wyatt Earp, Jesse James, Billy the Kid - and Annie Oakley, the best shot in the West.