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21169
Ali's story
Ten year old Ali is a refugee. Accompanied by his grandmother, Ali had to flee his home country of Afghanistan to avoid the conflicts caused by war. In his own words, Ali documents his feelings of alienation, separation and suffering, and the thread of hope that helped him overcome his ordeal.
ISBN 9780750292078
Series Seeking refuge series (5 books)
Publisher Wayland, 2016
Topics / Displacement /
Glynne, Andy & Maldonado, Salvador (ill)
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570736
Amazing Australian women
In this book you'll meet twelve amazing Australian women who have changed the world, in small ways and large. Some of them are world famous, like Annette Kellerman and Nellie Melba. Some of them are famous in Australia, like Mary Reibey and Edith Cowan. And all of them deserve to be famous, and admired. They represent the warriors, artists, business owners, scientists, singers, politicians, actors, athletes, adventurers, activists and innovators of Australia.
ISBN 9780734418456
Publisher Lothian Books, 2018
Freeman, Pamela & Beer, Sophie (ill)
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Aussie Heroes series
Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Aussie Heroes series (4 books)
Various
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Australian bushrangers series
Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Australian bushrangers series (5 books)
Smith, Jane
No book cover.
9845
Ben Hall
Ben Hall, sometimes referred to as the 'gentleman bushranger', was the son of poor ex-convicts. Initially, he was hard-working and respected, but he was influenced by notorious bushranger, Frank Gardiner. Ben Hall and his gang committed hundreds of robberies, many of which were violent. For a time, Hall had the support of the public, who respected his daring and courage and admired him for outwitting the police.
ISBN 9781922132697
Series Australian bushrangers series (5 books)
Publisher Big Sky Publishing, 2014
Smith, Jane
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Camille and the sunflowers
One day, a stranger arrives in Camille's town. He has a straw hat and a yellow beard. The man turns out to be the artist Vincent van Gogh. This is an introduction to the great painter, seen through the eyes of a young boy entranced by his painting.
ISBN 9780711210509
Series Famous artists (Anholt) series (10 books)
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2001
Anholt, Laurence
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5733
Captain Moonlite
In 1869, a small town was outraged by the hold-up of the local bank by a masked villain, calling himself 'Captain Moonlight'. He turned out to be the new lay preacher, Andrew George Scott. On his release from prison, Moonlight led a ragged bunch of young desperadoes to stage a siege, ending in a shoot-out and the death of a policeman. Find out about his life, from his birth in Ireland to his death on the gallows.
ISBN 9781922132581
Series Australian bushrangers series (5 books)
Publisher Big Sky Publishing, 2014
Smith, Jane
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4791
Captain Starlight
Two men were known as Captain Starlight. The first, Frank Pearson, left his practice as a doctor, stole a horse and began a bushranging spree, ending in a shoot-out and a policeman's death. He had so many aliases that his real name is unknown. The second 'Starlight' was Henry Readford who stole one thousand head of cattle. Find out about the lives of these two bushrangers, known for very different reasons.
ISBN 9781922132710
Series Australian bushrangers series (5 books)
Publisher Big Sky Publishing, 2014
Smith, Jane
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21232
Captain Thunderbolt
Frederick Wordsworth Ward, known as 'Captain Thunderbolt' was a bushranger who plagued New South Wales for almost seven years. Thunderbolt was intelligent, charming and a great storyteller who enjoyed much public support despite his crimes. Although a horse thief and highway robber, Thunderbolt has become something of a romantic figure. Many legends abound, however, the truth is quite a different story.
ISBN 9781922132574
Series Australian bushrangers series (5 books)
Publisher Big Sky Publishing, 2014
Smith, Jane
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39344
Caroline Chisholm
Caroline Chisholm was a woman of incredible spirit, courage and compassion. Despite a privileged upbringing, she had a strong sense of social justice and was directly responsible for improving the lives of young female migrants to Sydney; finding work and housing for women and families; improving the standards on board the migrant ships and reuniting convicts with their wives and children.
ISBN 9781921928482
Series Aussie Heroes series (4 books)
Publisher New Frontier Publishing, 2014
McCartney, Tania
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2839
Cezanne and the apple boy
Young Paul joins his father, artist Paul Cezanne, on a painting expedition in the mountains of southern France. The artist enjoys painting portraits of his apple-cheeked son but most of his paintings are landscapes of the mountain country where they are camping. The local people think the paintings are poor and laugh at his efforts. But, a picture dealer from Paris, who happens to be in the region, believes Cezanne's paintings are wonderful. Soon, Cezanne becomes famous and wealthy.
ISBN 9781847806048
Series Famous artists (Anholt) series (10 books)
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2015
Anholt, Laurence
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15809
Dame Nellie Melba
As a young girl, Helen Porter wanted to sing on the stage and she pursued her dream of being a great opera star. She changed her name to reflect her Melbourne heritage and, in 1987, made her operatic debut. She went on to sing in all the great opera houses in Europe and became Australia's first great diva. During World War I, she held many fundraising concerts for the war effort.
ISBN 9781921042645
Series Aussie Heroes series (4 books)
Publisher New Frontier Publishing, 2010
Marin, Gabiann & Dale, Rae (ill)
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21170
Degas and the little dancer
Marie dreams of becoming the most famous ballerina in the world. When she joins the ballet school in Paris, she notices a fierce man sitting at the side, sketching the dancers. The man is the painter, Edgar Degas, and his clay model of Marie does, indeed, make her the most famous dancer of all.
ISBN 9781847808141
Series Famous artists (Anholt) series (10 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2016
Anholt, Laurence
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Famous artists (Anholt) series
Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Famous artists (Anholt) series (10 books)
Various
No book cover.
3605
Frank Gardiner
Handsome, clever, charismatic and dangerous, Frank Gardiner inspired many young men to abandon the drudgery of their work and turn to highway robbery. He led the infamous robbery at Eugowra Rocks, escaping and running a successful public house until his controversial arrest. Respectable citizens petitioned successfully on his behalf and Gardiner was released early from gaol, amid a storm of controversy.
ISBN 9781922132673
Series Australian bushrangers series (5 books)
Publisher Big Sky Publishing, 2014
Smith, Jane
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2764
Frida Kahlo and the bravest girl in the world
When Marianna goes to Frida Kahlo's house to be painted by the famous Mexican artist, she is scared. The beautiful lady keeps exotic pets and she's heard that Frida keeps a skeleton in her bedroom. But, as Frida paints Marianna, their friendship grows. Frida talks about her life while Marianna discovers how love, determination and courage can give you wings to fly.
ISBN 9781847806666
Series Famous artists (Anholt) series (10 books)
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2016
Anholt, Laurence
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8810
Good enough for a sheep station
As a boy, the author, David Cox, lived on a sheep station in the dusty outback of Queensland. His lessons came in a brown envelope but, out of doors, his dad was his teacher. David learned the stockman's skills of breaking in and riding horses, mustering sheep and cattle, and how to survive the hardships of drought. When they were out riding, his father would tell interesting stories about old times and characters.
ISBN 9781743319031
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Cox, David
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31353
Hamid's story
With his mother, ten year old Hamid flees Eritrea to escape the war and the government threats to his family. In his own words, Hamid reveals the hardships and suffering experienced by refugees, trying to rebuild their lives. With little understanding of the language and culture in a new country, Hamid's life is very challenging. Even when things start to get easier, the horrors of the war are never far from his thoughts.
ISBN 9780750292818
Series Seeking refuge series (5 books)
Publisher Wayland, 2016
Topics / Displacement /
Glynne, Andy & Senior, Tom (ill)
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History mysteries series NEW SERIES 2018
Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series History mysteries series NEW SERIES 2018 (4 books)
Greenwood, Mark
No book cover.
4253
History mysteries: Lasseter's gold
A young, out of work seventeen year old Queenslander rides out into the centre of Australia on horseback to find adventure. He returns with meal bags of rubies and fantastical tale of an Australian gold reef bigger than any ever seen. This is the story of Harold Lasseter and the financed exploration party who returned over thirty years later and what they found.
ISBN 9780143309321
Series History mysteries series NEW SERIES 2018 (4 books)
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2017
Greenwood, Mark
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History mysteries: The last tiger
In 1936, hunted and trapped by European farmers, the last few Tasmanian Tigers take refuge in the forests of Tasmania. But even after the last-known tiger dies alone and neglected in a zoo, people claim to have sighted this amazing creature. No one can prove it still exists, until a determined searcher and modern science provide a glimmer of hope.
ISBN 9780143309253
Series History mysteries series NEW SERIES 2018 (4 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
Greenwood, Mark
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4721
History mysteries: The lost explorer
In 1848 the famous explorer Ludwig Leichhardt sets out on an epic journey. His aim is to cross Australia from east to west, but he never reaches his destination and no one from his expedition is ever seen again. Countless search parties set out to look for the expedition but no trace is ever found. Until a young boy is given an artefact with an incredible story...
ISBN 9780143309277
Series History mysteries series NEW SERIES 2018 (4 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
Greenwood, Mark
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570814
How did I get here?
The (unauthorised) biography of you, and the story of all of us. Charting from the Big Bang to birth, Philip Bunting takes us on a journey back to the start of time (in about the time it takes to eat your breakfast!) A hilarious, and beautifully illustrated book, designed to raise more questions than it answers.
ISBN 9781742769684
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2018
Topics / STEM / Biography /
Bunting, Philip
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4548
I am Jazz
Jazz always knew she was different from other kids. She had a girl's brain and a boy's body. This is her story. Based on the real-life experience of co-author, Jazz Jennings.
ISBN 9780803741072
Publisher Dial Books (Penguin), 2014
Herthel, Jessica & Jennings, Jazz & McNicholas, Shelagh (ill)
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32306
Kicking goals with Goodesy and Magic
Australian Football League (AFL) legends, Adam Goodes and Michael O'Loughlin, are blood brothers and great mates. They are also two of the best footballers ever to play for the Sydney Swans. Between them, they played over six hundred and fifty games, and kicked over nine hundred goals. Find out what Goodesy and Magic were like when they were kids, what kind of scrapes they got into at school, and what it was like to go from being normal teenagers to AFL superstars.
ISBN 9781863958530
Publisher Black Ink Press, 2016
Heiss, Anita & Goodes, Adam & O'Loughlin, Michael
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4963
Leonardo and the flying boy
Zoro is a little boy in seventeenth century Italy, long before airplanes flew in the sky. But, Zoro is also an apprentice to the artist and inventor, Leonardo da Vinci, who is experimenting with a revolutionary flying machine.
ISBN 9781847808165
Series Famous artists (Anholt) series (10 books)
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2016
Topics / STEM /
Anholt, Laurence
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3876
Little people, big dreams: Agatha Christie
Learn all about Agatha Christie, who taught herself to read at the age of five, on her journey to becoming the most famous crime writer of all time. This inspiring and informative little biography comes with extra facts about Agatha's life at the back.
ISBN 9781847809599
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2017
Sanchez Vegara, Isabel & Munso, Elisa (ill)
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Little people, big dreams: Amelia Earhart
Find out about Amelia Earhart, whose strong will and self-belief helped her overcome prejudice and technical problems to become the first female flyer to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
ISBN 9781847808851
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2016
Sanchez Vergara, Isabel & Diamantes, Maria (ill)
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Little people, big dreams: Coco Chanel
Find out about Coco Chanel, from her early life in an orphanage, where she was a genius with needle and thread, to her time as a cabaret singer, hat maker, and, eventually, international fashion designer.
ISBN 9781847807847
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2016
Sanchez Vergara, Isabel & Albero, Ana (ill)
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19530
Little people, big dreams: Frida Kahlo
Find out about Frida Kahlo, whose desire to study medicine was destroyed by a childhood accident. Frida began painting from her bed and produced over one hundred and forty works, culminating in a solo exhibition in America.
ISBN 9781847807700
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2016
Sanchez Vergara, Isabel & Fan, Eng Gee (ill)
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3873
Little people, big dreams: Marie Curie
Learn all about Marie Curie, whose love of learning helped her to revolutionise the fight against cancer with her discovery of radium and polonium. This inspiring and informative little biography comes with extra facts about Marie's life at the back.
ISBN 9781847809612
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2017
Sanchez Vegara, Isabel & Isa, Frau (ill)
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Little people, big dreams: Maya Angelou
Find out about Maya Angelou, from her early traumatic childhood to her time as a singer, actress, civil rights campaigner until she became one of America's most beloved writers.
ISBN 9781847808905
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2016
Kaiser, Lisbeth & Salaberria, Leire (ill)
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14847
Magical garden of Claude Monet, The
Julie wishes she had a garden so her mother takes her to visit Monet's garden at Givenchy. A wonderful introduction to the artist, Claude Monet.
ISBN 9780711221048
Series Famous artists (Anholt) series (10 books)
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2003
Anholt, Laurence
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18038
Mandawuy Yunupingu
The story of a respected indigenous role model, Mandawuy Yunupingu, who has been a school principal and a rock star. Includes great photos, a glossary and a personal profile.
ISBN 9781865044859
Series Reconciliation - for younger students series (6 of 10)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2002
Hall, Beth
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4744
Mary MacKillop: Australia's first saint
Mary MacKillop (1842-1909) is Australia's first saint. This is her story from ordinary girl to saint. "We must teach more by example that by word."
ISBN 9781921928192
Series Aussie Heroes series (4 books)
Publisher New Frontier Publishing, 2012
Marin, Gabiann & Grzegrzolka, Angela (ill)
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21560
Matisse: King of colour
When Monique, a young nurse, steps into the home of an elderly patient, she sees rooms filled with the most vivid colour she's ever seen. Her patient is the artist Henri Matisse and they become good friends. When Monique enters a convent as a nursing nun, she discovers that her religious order is very poor and doesn't have it's own chapel. Matisse helps by developing a sketch by Monique into a brilliant set of stained-glass chapel windows, and uses his influence to raise enough money to build the chapel.
ISBN 9781847800435
Series Famous artists (Anholt) series (10 books)
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2015
Anholt, Laurence
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10711
Meet Nellie Melba
Dame Nellie Melba was Australia's first classical music star. The beauty of her singing was celebrated around the globe. She was appointed Dame Commander, OBE, for her enormous fundraising efforts during World War I. Today, she is commemorated on Australia's one hundred dollar banknote. This is the story of how she rose to fame, and how she brought opera to Australians in the city and the bush.
ISBN 9780143780298
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Brian, Janeen & Murphy, Claire (ill)
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21341
Mum Shirl
The story of Mum Shirl, an Australian Indigenous woman, who unselfishly helped Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Includes great photographs, newspaper clippings and a biography.
ISBN 9781865044866
Series Reconciliation - for younger students series (7 of 10)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2002
Lau, Karen
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8311
Picasso and the girl with the ponytail
Sylvette is a shy little girl whose neighbor happens to be the artist Pablo Picasso. Attracted by Sylvette's classical facial profile and her lovely ponytail hair style, Picasso convinces her to overcome her shyness and pose for a series of artworks. These drawings, paintings and sculptures soon became world famous and encouraged Sylvette to abandon her shyness. Eventually, she began a career as a fine artist.
ISBN 9780764138539
Series Famous artists (Anholt) series (10 books)
Publisher Barron's Educational Series, 2007
Anholt, Laurence
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Professor Fred Hollows
Fred Hollows qualified as an eye doctor in New Zealand and later moved to Australia. He restored sight to more than one million people. He worked in remote and Aboriginal communities, providing much needed aid, often for free. Working in Nepal and Eritrea, his factories, run by local people, produced three million lenses for ten dollars each. He believed that curing blindness gave people back their independence.
ISBN 9781921042751
Series Aussie Heroes series (4 books)
Publisher New Frontier Publishing, 2012
Edwards, Hazel & Reynolds, Pat (ill)
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Rachel's story
Rachel is thirteen and a refugee. With her family, she flees her home country to escape the persecution they suffer as Christians living in a predominantly Muslim country. In her own words, Rachel describes the hostility and rejection of their community, as well as the courage and resilience they show in the face of immigration authorities, detention centres, and deportation. She shares the problems and challenges of settling in their new country.
ISBN 9780750278881
Series Seeking refuge series (5 books)
Publisher Wayland, 2016
Topics / Displacement /
Glynne, Andy & Maldonado, Salvador (ill)
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Reconciliation - for younger students series
Promotes an appreciation of indigenous culture and the process of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Reconciliation - for younger students series (10 books)
Various
No book cover.
3123
Right word, The: Roget and his thesaurus
For shy, young Peter Mark Roget, books were his best companions and it wasn't long before he began writing his own. But, he didn't write stories, he wrote lists. Peter took his love for words and turned it to organising ideas, and finding exactly the right word to express just what he thought. His lists grew and grew, eventually turning into one of the most important reference books of all time.
ISBN 9780802853851
Publisher Eerdmans Books, 2014
Bryant, Jen & Sweet, Melissa (ill)
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Seeking refuge series
Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Seeking refuge series (5 books)
Various
No book cover.
40616
Tell us a story, Papa Chagall
The twins, Meret and Bella, love their grandfather, Papa Chagall, and he loves telling them stories. One day, when they visit him in his studio, he tells them about his life. Through four different stories, Papa relates his extraordinary rags to riches journey, from a topsy-turvy cottage in Russia, through the dark years of the war until emerging in the sparkling sunlight of Southern France.
ISBN 9781847806581
Series Famous artists (Anholt) series (10 books)
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2015
Anholt, Laurence
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5087
Three cheers for women!
Featuring biographies from Cleopatra to Malala, read about amazing women who have made history. Using comic-style illustrations this is great book to dip into or read from cover to cover. Famous women scientists, leaders, warriors and writers. Women around the world deserve Three Cheers!
ISBN 9781406374865
Publisher Walker Books, 2017
Topics / Biography /
Williams, Marcia
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29958
Van Gogh and the sunflowers
Young Camille befriends a strange visitor to his small town and, one day, he brings this man a gift of bright, beautiful sunflowers. The man is the artist Vincent van Gogh and the sunflowers quickly become the subject of a magnificent painting.
ISBN 9780764138546
Series Famous artists (Anholt) series (10 books)
Publisher Barron's Educational Series, 2007
Anholt, Laurence
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5777
What I can learn from the incredible and fantastic life of Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey has inspired millions of people around the world. This illustrated biography about the fantastic life of the Queen of Media, shows a new generation that they can do anything they put their minds to. This new series of illustrated biographies highlights contemporary innovators, leaders and visionaries in order to motivate and inspire the leaders of tomorrow.
ISBN 9780997714586
Publisher Moppet Books, 2017
Topics / Biography /
Medina, Melissa & Colting, Fredrik & Chen, Eszter (ill)
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5775
What I can learn from the incredible and fantastic life of Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs was a visionary who changed the world with his inventions and designs. This illustrated biography about the fantastic life of Steve inspires younger generations to dream big and believe in themselves. This new series of illustrated biographies highlights contemporary innovators, leaders and icons in order to motivate and inspire the leaders of tomorrow.
ISBN 9780997714593
Publisher Moppet Books, 2017
Topics / Biography /
Colting, Fredrik & Medina, Melissa & Yoneyama, Natsuko (ill)
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