The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Gladiator
These hilarious fictional diaries put us inside the heads of hapless figures from history. Anne Mansfield is a 14-year-old girl in Victorian England obsessed with collecting dinosaur fossils and frustrated by the lack of respect she receives from male scientists.
Seizing the opportunity to search for fossils in the USA, she finds herself being sucked into the notorious Bone Wars, a rivalry between American professors wanting to be the first to make new discoveries by whatever means necessary. Can Anne overcome her mistakes, the dangers of the West and the prejudices and petty infighting of her male peers to make a name for herself as Britain’s greatest dinosaur hunter?
‘Get Real’ fact boxes featured throughout provide historical context and summarise the relevant scientific principles.
Tim Collins writes non-fiction books for adults and children's fiction books, including books designed to appeal to reluctant readers. His work has been translated into forty languages. He has won awards such as the Manchester Fiction City.
Sarah Horne studied illustration at Falmouth College of Art and Kingston University. Her acclaimed illustrations have been commissioned by institutions such as Kew Gardens and The Guardian newspaper. She specialises in illustrating quirky children's books.