Educational Books

THE FOOLISH KING: The Secret History of Chess by MARK PRICE, illustrated by Martin Brown

Since last summer Lord Mark Price’s The Foolish King online game has seen young chess players competing from across the world to get to the top of the leader board. Now the winners of the winter and spring league have been announced on the ‘Board of Fame’ and the summer league has started in time for the summer holidays.

Lord Mark Price, has also announced his support for The Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge, where he will be donating copies of The Foolish King book to help promote the game of chess to young people and inspire children to become the chess champions of the future.

Book review — The Foolish King by Mark Price (illustrations by Martin Brown)

The Foolish King Jacket1It’s not often that something really different lands on my desk, but The Foolish King really caught my eye. It’s estimated that chess is played by 500 million people in 167 countries, and The Foolish King is perfect for children to learn how to play one of the world’s most popular games and keep them entertained for hours. In both book and app format (on which more below) this is a really interesting way to make chess more exciting and accessible for children.

Deadly Shot — Dan’s War of Independence 1920-22

MediaKit_BookCover_DeadlyShotWe are delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Patricia Murphy’s latest book Deadly Shot — Dan’s War of Independence 1920-22. Patricia has kindly written a fascinating guest post  on characters and conflict in children’s fiction here and you can read more details about Deadly Shot and an exclusive excerpt below as well as enter a giveaway to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift certificate.

Guest post — Characters and Conflict in Children’s Fiction — Patricia Murphy

Patricia MurphyWe are thrilled to welcome Patricia Murphy, author of Deadly Shot — Dan’s War of Independence 1920-22, to the blog. She has written a wonderful guest post on characters and conflict in children’s fiction as part of the blog tour for Deadly Shot, it is a really interesting read! Deadly Shot is the follow up to the marvellous The Easter Rising 1916 – Molly’s Diary which we reviewed here. Do scroll down for the giveaway and a chance to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift certificate too. Over to Patricia…

Book review — The Easter Rising 1916 — Molly’s Diary by Patricia Murphy

mollys_diaryAs a child I loved history at school, but only as it relates to people. The history of military strategy and the like leaves me cold. There are many well-known quotes on the importance of history but I’m going to go with this one by George Orwell: ‘The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.’ So, what is brilliant about Patricia Murphy’s book, The Easter Rising 1916 – Molly’s Diary, is that it takes the story of an important part of history and puts people firmly in the middle of it to make it relatable and real

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