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Frightful First World War (Horrible Histories) [Paperback]

Terry Deary , Martin Brown
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5 Sep 2013 Horrible Histories
Readers can discover all the foul facts about the FRIGHTFUL FIRST WORLD WAR, including what the 'Fat King' did with food scraps and dead horses, how sniffing your own pee could save your life in a gas attack and why a pair of old socks gave away top German secrets. With a bold, accessible new look, these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans. Revised by the author to make Horrible Histories more accessible to young readers. 2013 is HORRIBLE HISTORIES twentieth anniversary.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (5 Sep 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 140713891X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407138916
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry was born in Sunderland, England, in 1946 and now lives in County Durham, in the North-east of England.

Terry's father (Billy) was a butcher in Hendon, Sunderland, and his mother (Freda) was the manageress of a clothing shop. He worked many years in his father's butcher shop as a boy. It was better than school where he was beaten, bullied and abused by his loathsome teachers.

Terry began his career as a professional actor in 1972 when he joined Theatre Powys in Mid-Wales. He has also worked as a theatre-director, museum manager, drama teacher, television presenter. He first acted on television in 1973 and in 2010 he made his debut in movies with a small part in a British film "Risen"

As an actor with Theatre Powys Terry began writing scripts for some of the shows. One of the most successful was a children's show called "The Custard Kid". The "Custard Kid" tour ended but Terry didn't want to lose the exciting tale so he turned it into a children's novel. That first novel was published by A & C Black who are still publishing his books 35 years later.

In 35 years as an author his writing has included fiction and popular non-fiction. He also writes TV, theatre, radio, audio and new media scripts.

In 2009 CBBC Television launched a major television series of his Horrible Histories which has gone on to win several Children's BAFTA awards. In February 2011 the TV series won a British Comedy Award for best sketch show - the first children's show ever to win a Comedy Award. The same month Terry Deary became the 10th most-borrowed author in British libraries.

In 2010 there was a computer game adaptation for Nintendo Wii, DS and PC. A series of theatre plays, 'Horrible Histories', have been created in collaboration with Birmingham Stage Company touring throughout 2006 - 2012.

His next projects are with film companies to animate a 28-part worldwide television series "Terry Deary's True Time Tales" as well as adapting his "The Fire Thief" trilogy of fiction for movies. In 2011 Terry will scriupt a movie about football called 90 Minutes.

His charity work includes being patron of Single Homeless Action Initiative in Derwentside (SHAID), Grace House Children's Hospice appeal and Integrating Children is a small charity based in North Durham providing children with disabilities the chance to take part in leisure activities and enjoy the same opportunities as the non-disabled .

Terry was awarded a degree as Doctor of Education at Sunderland University in 2000 and is an ambassador for his home city of Sunderland. In 2011 he won the Sheffield Childrten's Book award for his novel "Put out the light" - a book that was also nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal in 2012.

Terry has been married to Jenny since 1975 and their daughter Sara is a talented event rider who competes at international level. See her Shivers Event Team website. In June 2011 Sara had twins, Harry and Jessica, Terry and Jenny's first grand-children.

In his spare time Terry is a road runner with Derwentside Athletic Club and takes part in races from 3 miles up to the Great North Run 13.1 miles.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The Horrible Histories series was consistently good throughout, but The Frightful First World War still manages to scare away the opposition with terrifying tales of trench foot, dead soldiers and dead horses. Deary's writing is evocative and informative at the same time, and he delivers the perfect book for kids who love to read and who love history with the gory bits left in.

World War I marked a period that we should never forget, and it's as important as ever for our youngsters to learn all about it. This is a great way to introduce them to the topic while entertaining them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction for children 14 Nov 2013
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Bought for grandson who enjoys the series on tv, read it all in the week running up to Remembrance Sunday. Good introduction to young children, who in my experience, lead to more questions and discussions of WW1 and 2, and the role our family had in it. Apparently approved of by his primary school also, so very pleased. Am now buying other horrible histories for him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 10 year old says v good 26 Oct 2013
By val
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It was so good grandson read it so quickly had to buy others in series please keep them coming terry
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
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Excellent item
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5.0 out of 5 stars very amusing 10 Sep 2014
By milly
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My Grandaughter of 8 told me it was very funny and had learnt a lot of unusual informationu
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