Twelve fascinating tales about the adventurers who travelled all over the globe, finding new plants and the amazing things they produce. Join Joseph Banks as he gets stranded on the Australian Great Barrier Reef whilst searching for new botanical specimens. Battle with the Mexican Emperor Montezuma against the invading Hernando Cortes – and watch as Cortes introduces chocolate to the rest of the world! Struggle with other travellers as they fight starvation, bears, strange diseases and tropical storms. Exciting, witty and wacky, these true-life tales span centuries and the globe, feature famous historical figures such as Captain Bligh, Darwin and Columbus and put the origins of ‘everyday’ plants into perspective.
About the Author
Stewart Ross is an established children’s non-fiction author. His titles include: The Home Front in WWII (Hodder Wayland, 2002); The Great Fire of London (Evans Bros, 2002); The Story of Ireland (Orion Children’s Books, 2001) and the Oxford Children’s Book of the 20th Century (OUP, 1998). David Roberts is an accomplished children’s book illustrator, best known for his work on the Philip Ardargh Terrible Times series.