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Oct 01 2015

Hard Nuts of History series by Tracy Turner 

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Ill. by Jamie Lenman. Bloomsbury, 2015.
Play the Game. How Hard are You? ISBN 9781472910974
Ultimate Quiz and Game Book - Know your Hard Nuts. ISBN 9781472910967
(Age: 8-12) Tracy Turner's Hard Nuts of History series showcases the tough men and women of history - Ancient Greeks, Warriors, Travellers, Kings and Queens and those in Myths and Legends. To accompany these fact-filled books, two quiz books have been released.
Play the Game is filled with sheets of cards with perforated edges, once they have been removed from the book they are dealt to two or more players. Instructions for the Battle of the Hard Nuts are given and as each round continues points are given for cunning, courage, survival skills and ruthlessness. Each colourful card has a border to indicate where they came from or what the Hard Nut did.
The Ultimate Quiz and Game Book is packed full of fun facts, quizzes - Name that Viking, Heroes of Myths and Legends and games - Mummy Making! For the ancient weapons quiz objects such as the chakram, arbalest and tessen are sorted into how they are used - bash, chop, throw or fire. Women have led battles, explored darkest Africa and led revolutions - The Trung Sisters, Zenobia, Queen of Syria and Boudica, who ruled the Iceni tribe.
With bold cartoon caricatures, these two books provide fun and entertainment. They are great for the history buff, overflowing with fun facts, games and quizzes.
Rhyllis Bignell

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