Did you know that scientific genius Stephen Hawking loved playing practical jokes? Or that Greta Thunberg crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a boat to take a powerful stand? Have you read Michelle Obama's speech to young girls, or Mahatma Gandhi's powerful words about equality?
Packed full of incredible stories, fantastic facts and dynamic illustrations that make them entertaining, accessible and educational, Extraordinary Lives is the perfect introduction to the world's most incredible people and their achievements, sure to inspire the scientists, activists and writers of the future. Available for the first time in a box set, this inspirational and inclusive series shines a light on eight incredible modern and historical figures. Incredible people, essential topics: From world history to the climate crisis, physics to technology, the books explore topics of perennial interest to young people, and encourage fascinating conversation.
Stunning illustrations from amazing artists bring these real stories to life for the reader, while always remaining respectful and appropriate for the topic and age group.
The Extraordinary Lives books are published all over the world including in the US and in several translation markets.
About the Author
Dr Sheila Kanani is a space cadet, with her head high up in the clouds, even though her feet are firmly on planet Earth. She has a PhD in planetary science and her favourite planet is Saturn. Her favourite 'work' interests are teaching GCSE Astronomy and giving public talks to audiences of all ages and sizes, while representing her place of work, the Royal Astronomical Society, which she adores.
Devika Jina has loved writing since she was a child, when she attempted a spin off of The NeverEnding Story. Today, she continues to write, having penned two titles in the "Extraordinary Lives" series. Besides this, she writes on race, gender and culture in modern Britain from a British Indian woman's perspective.
Hiba Noor Khan's academic background is in Engineering/Physics, having completed Postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in 2015. Since graduating she has worked in the Environmental Sector, as a Refugee Advocacy Worker for The Children's Society, a Physics teacher and TV presenter. Hiba has loved words for as long as she's known them, and has worked as a freelance journalist, including writing for The Independent, blogging for the Huffington Post and Amaliah.
Kate Scott was born in London. She has lived in Hong Kong, Paris, Scotland, and two tiny villages in France. She now lives in Dorset with her husband and two children. Kate writes children's books, children's television programmes, radio plays and poetry.
Chitra Soundar was born and brought up in India, where traditions, festivals and mythology are a way of life. She now lives in South East London, and regularly visits schools, bookshops and libraries to tell stories and teach creative writing.
Craig Barr-Green lives and works in Cornwall with his wife and their children. He founded the educational publishing house 'Clickety Books' and is a Lecturer in Children's Literature at Falmouth University.
Shelina Janmohamed is the bestselling author of Love in a Headscarf, a memoir about growing up as a British Muslim woman and Generation M: Young Muslims Changing the World?, an exploration of rising group of global Muslims who believe that faith and modernity go hand in hand. She is an established commentator on Muslim social and religious trends, particularly around young Muslims and Muslim women, and writes for Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, the National and the BBC.