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You might call him evil, but when empires are at stake, people do incredible things.

Imagine you're made king at the age of twelve. You have plenty of enemies. You have a million soldiers armed with all kinds of awesome weapons, you have tons of gold and a network of spies. What would you do with all that power?
It happened to a real boy, who made himself China's first emperor. He was brilliant and brutal. His legend, and the stories of his wicked warriors, have lived on for thousands of years. You might call him evil, but when empires are at stake, people do incredible things.

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    July 28, 2010

    Penguin eBooks

    216 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • APA Book Design Awards
    Joint winner
    Best Designed Children's Nonfiction
  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    Notable Book
    Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

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