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Wild Warriors (Horrible Histories Handbooks) [Paperback]

Terry Deary , Mike Phillips
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5 April 2010 Horrible Histories Handbooks
From nasty Norseman and head-hunting Celts, to hated hooligan Huns and sword-swishing Samurai, Terry Deary dishes the dirt on wicked warriors and their bloody-thirsty battles. Readers can find out whose savage stallion liked to munch on human flesh and why ninja poo was a deadly weapon. It's everything everyone needs to know about warriors - all the gore and more!

Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (5 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407114670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407114675
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 890,628 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
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Everything you need to know about WARRIORS..... 24 Feb 2007
in blood curdling colour!

Terry Deary has turned learning into real enjoyment, and this history book series is no exception.

From nasty Norsemen and cut-throat Celts, to hated hooligan Huns and sword-swishing Samurai discover the truth about wicked warriors and their blood-thirsty battles.

'Want to know:

which woeful warrior's name actually means Happy Chicken?
whose savage stallion liked to munch on human flesh?
why Ninja poo was a deadly warrior weapon?

It's all you ever need to know about Warriors - all the gore and more!

Durable and vividly illustrated cover opens to 93 high quality pages, split over handy sized chapters, with an introduction, an epilogue and an 'Interesting Index'
- Hang on! This isn't one of your boring old indexes. This is a horrible index. It's the only index in the world where you will find 'burst bladder', 'underpants', 'mouldy bodies' and all the other things you really HAVE to know if you want to be a 'horrible historian'. Read it and creep.'

A colourful handbook, written in a variety of texts, broken up with oodles of illustrations and cartoons,...... plus...... it is packed full of information.

Look out for the other handbooks in the series, too.

'History has never been so horrible!'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Histories 10 Oct 2011
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This handbook is a good complement to the Horrible Histories CBBC series and DVDs. My 10-year-old son enjoys it greatly. It brings history alive for him and helps him to think that history is not boring.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I am a young teenager and thought this book looked interesting. It was. It is a really great book about war through the ages explained in a light and easy to read style. Children aged under 12 or so would enjoy it more, but it is still good. The reason I only gave it 4 stars is that a lot of it was pictures and not much information, but it was still an enjoyable book to read that I would recommend. It has some very interesting things in it too that are surprising and humorous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fun book series 30 Jan 2013
By morten
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I like the series, they are funny and tell some of the lesser told parts of history.
One have to remember that they are written for 10-15 year old-ish.
the author have said that it is difficult not to write something wrong, because the first constants used to be considered the truth, but by the time the rest of the book had been written, those truths had been disproved.
Also a good theme in the books is that you shouldn't always believe what a historian have written, because the winner writes the history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The truth is rarely pretty 26 Nov 2012
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Terry makes history entertaining as well as thought provoking. He most likely tells a closer version of the truth about the horrors of "warriors" instead of just glamorizing them like the "winner's" propaganda of most history books. It is tragic that "warriors" on both sides of wars could not read this book when they were young so they could make better decisions about whether or not to follow their "leaders", who usually sit safely at home, but send the young and courageous into the hells of war. At the same time this book gives a better perspective of how many men would rather rape, pillage and conquer others unless a few heroes have the mental, emotional and physical capabilities to defeat their assailants with even more effective strategies, tactics and force. Like I said at the beginning, it is definitely thought provoking.
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