Climate change is a major topic of concern today and will be so for the foreseeable future, as predicted changes in global temperatures, rainfall, and sea level continue to take place. But as Jan Zalasiewicz and Mark Williams reveal in The Goldilocks Planet, the climatic changes we are experiencing today hardly compare to the changes the Earth has seen over the last 4.5 billion years.
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Three vivid and entertaining short stories about teenagers, from Carnegie Medal-winning author Jan Mark. In 'Frankie’s Hat', it’s Frankie’s 17th birthday. Finding herself unexpectedly free of her baby, she has a carefree day buying a crazy hat and playing football. In 'Like It Is Round Here', Yo-Yo discovers her new boyfriend would rather spend time with her brother than with her.
These wickedly funny, wickedly realistic stories are set inside schools where chaos is the name of the game. 'Time and the Hour' takes place in a boys’ school, where one class decide to conduct some research and have a bit of fun on the subject of how much time is wasted during each school day. 'Chutzpah', on the other hand, is set in a mixed comprehensive school, where Eileen seems bent on causing as much disruption as possible on the first day of term, in the interests of democracy and women’s rights.
When Martin dresses up the newel post in his family's creaky old house, he finds he becomes oddly fascinated with it - until a frightening encounter on the stairs makes him wonder whether his imagination is running away with him. In this collection of strange and creepy stories, Jenny knows she shouldn't have managed to appear twice in the school photo; Gary becomes strangely moody when he takes the old miser's two-shilling coin in change and Jean's compost heap seems to take on a life of its own.
Grace scrambled upstairs and shoved the telescope into its case on top of the wardrobe. It was not until she was back in the kitchen that she thought: I've seen a ghost through a telescope! And then, how can I see it again? She is determined to search for her ghostly knight and to find out the truth, but no-one in her family will help her as they are all too busy.
After his father's death and his mother's swift remarriage, Russell begins to feel that he has a lot in common with Hamlet. So heis appalled when he and his mates manage to ruin the entire play during an excursion to the Theatre Royal.
Nothing to Be Afraid Of may be the title of this collection of stories, but nearly all the stories do have something rather frightening in them. At least, they are frightening for the characters within them because the horrors which they’ve imagined simply won’t go away. They are the kind of horrors that follow you upstairs in the dark and slide under the bed, and there they stay... Ten scary, darkly funny stories about the strangeness beneath the surface of everyday life, from acclaimed author Jan Mark.