Filled with fascinating facts, this non-fiction collection is designed to support pupils aged 11-15 with a reading age of 11 to 13. "The Recreational" strand covers absorbing topics to inspire even the most reluctant readers. "True Crime": concentrating on both famous and obscure criminal cases and the people involved, this series fascinates and engages all readers. The titles look at different types of crime and its effects. They contain photographs and film stills of famous crimes; relate the series to the students' own lives, for example, "Cyber Crime" includes a checklist on how to protect yourself from Internet crime; and ensure that each title does not glamorize crime and emphasise that crime does not pay.
John Townsend has been in teaching for 25 years, and has been a full-time writer since January 2003. He has written more than sixty books for young people, on such wide-ranging subjects as monsters, urban legends, spiders, computer crime, and spies. He has also written the recent thrillers The Hand and The Omen and the Ghost. He lives in England.