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John Townsend - Author

About the Author

John Townsend worked as a Secondary School teacher before becoming a full time writer of children's books and a writer-in-residence in a primary school tree-house. He specialises in fun, exciting information books for reluctant readers, as well as fast-paced fiction, reading schemes and 'fiction with facts' books. He visits schools around the country to encourage excitement in all aspects of reading and writing. He has published about 300 titles, including the 'Truly Foul Facts and Cheesy Jokes' non-fiction laugh and learn series.

Featured books by John Townsend

The Stone Balancer

The Stone Balancer

3+ readers

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2017

While trying to enjoy his summer, Finn finds himself in the middle of a murder scene when balancing stones under the cliffs. Already dealing with an ill mother and a turbulent uncle, Finn suddenly has a lot more on his plate. Now it is his duty to find out exactly what went on down at his favourite part of the beach...before the worst happens.  

Other books by John Townsend

GET UP, TOM! Band 01b/Pink B

GET UP, TOM! Band 01b/Pink B

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

Everyone is up, but Tom is still in bed. Even cat and dog try waking Tom. This funny story is written by John Townsend and illustrated by Anna Shuttlewood. * Pink B/Band 1B books offer simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions. * Text type: A story with a predictable structure and patterned language. * Pages 14-15 provide an opportunity for children to recap the story. * Curriculum links: PSHE. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Life-Sized Animal Poo

Life-Sized Animal Poo

Author: John Townsend Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/08/2019

Reading Planet KS2 - Big, Bad and Seriously Dangerous - Level 2: Mercury/Brown band

Reading Planet KS2 - Big, Bad and Seriously Dangerous - Level 2: Mercury/Brown band

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2019

Open this book if you dare! In it you will find the biggest and most scary animals alive today ... And some even bigger and even scarier creatures from the past! If you are brave enough, you will meet ... A snake as long as a bus A crocodile that weighed as much as ten tonnes A shark with a smile two metres wide ... Yikes! As well as many more big, bad and seriously dangerous creatures. Prepare to be amazed! Big, Bad and Seriously Dangerous! is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will love reading the exciting collection of fiction and non-fiction written by top authors. Inspire them to keep reading through gripping stories and fascinating information books packed with rich language and stunning artwork. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Reading age: 7-8 years

Truly Foul & Cheesy Pirates Facts and Jokes Book

Truly Foul & Cheesy Pirates Facts and Jokes Book

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2019

Truly Foul & Cheesy Tudors Facts and Jokes Book

Truly Foul & Cheesy Tudors Facts and Jokes Book

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2019

Truly Foul & Cheesy Victorian Children Facts and Jokes Book

Truly Foul & Cheesy Victorian Children Facts and Jokes Book

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2019

Truly Foul & Cheesy Children in WWII Facts and Jokes Book

Truly Foul & Cheesy Children in WWII Facts and Jokes Book

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2019

Truly Foul & Cheesy Mayflower Facts and Jokes Book

Truly Foul & Cheesy Mayflower Facts and Jokes Book

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2019

Life-Sized Bugs

Life-Sized Bugs

Author: John Townsend Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/01/2019

Truly Foul & Cheesy Bayeux Tapestry Facts & Jokes Book

Truly Foul & Cheesy Bayeux Tapestry Facts & Jokes Book

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2018

Truly Foul & Cheesy Geography Facts and Jokes Book

Truly Foul & Cheesy Geography Facts and Jokes Book

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2018

Truly Foul & Cheesy Space Facts and Jokes Book

Truly Foul & Cheesy Space Facts and Jokes Book

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2018

Truly Foul & Cheesy Kings & Queens Facts and Jokes Book

Truly Foul & Cheesy Kings & Queens Facts and Jokes Book

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2018

Truly Foul & Cheesy Christmas Facts and Jokes Book

Truly Foul & Cheesy Christmas Facts and Jokes Book

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2018

Pickling With Words

Pickling With Words

Author: John Townsend Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2018

Who's Hiding In The Dark?

Who's Hiding In The Dark?

Author: John Townsend Format: Board book Release Date: 23/08/2018

The Curse of the Speckled Monster: Book One: Graverobbers and Gallows

The Curse of the Speckled Monster: Book One: Graverobbers and Gallows

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

The Curse of the Speckled Monster Book Two: The Twist of the Hangman

The Curse of the Speckled Monster Book Two: The Twist of the Hangman

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

Shivers: Ghost Stories

Shivers: Ghost Stories

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

Truly Foul and Cheesy William Shakespeare Facts and Jokes Book

Truly Foul and Cheesy William Shakespeare Facts and Jokes Book

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2018

Truly Foul & Cheesy Scotland Facts and Jokes Book

Truly Foul & Cheesy Scotland Facts and Jokes Book

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2018

Beastly Science: Mammal Mechanics

Beastly Science: Mammal Mechanics

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2018

Beastly Science: Reptile Robotics

Beastly Science: Reptile Robotics

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2018

Life-Sized Animal Tracks

Life-Sized Animal Tracks

Author: John Townsend Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/2017

Truly Foul and Cheesy Dinosaurs Jokes and Facts Book

Truly Foul and Cheesy Dinosaurs Jokes and Facts Book

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2017

Truly Foul and Cheesy Genius Jokes and Facts Book

Truly Foul and Cheesy Genius Jokes and Facts Book

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2017

Truly Foul and Cheesy Romans in Britain Jokes and Facts Book

Truly Foul and Cheesy Romans in Britain Jokes and Facts Book

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2017

Truly Foul and Cheesy Revolting Records Jokes and Facts Books

Truly Foul and Cheesy Revolting Records Jokes and Facts Books

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2017

Truly Foul and Cheesy Disasters Jokes and Facts Book

Truly Foul and Cheesy Disasters Jokes and Facts Book

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2017

Truly Foul and Cheesy Mummy Mania Jokes and Facts Book

Truly Foul and Cheesy Mummy Mania Jokes and Facts Book

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2017

Tickling With Words

Tickling With Words

Author: John Townsend Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/06/2017

The Stone Balancer

The Stone Balancer

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2017

A fast-paced and thrilling crime tale set by the beach. While trying to enjoy his summer, Finn finds himself in the middle of a murder scene when balancing stones under the cliffs. Already dealing with an ill mother and a turbulent uncle, Finn suddenly has a lot more on his plate. Now it is his duty to find out exactly what went on down at his favourite part of the beach... before the worst happens. There is a lot of plot to this novel, with clues pointing to the murder and the backdrop of Fin's escape from the authorities. The build-up is good and the action scenes are exciting. The Edge a first class read, full of adventure and ultimate hope - a real page turner! Healthy Books I loved this book this and I am by no means a teenager so it really will appeal to all ages. Amazon review 5 stars Great for young teenagers Amazon review 5 stars

Strangers on a Plane

Strangers on a Plane

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2016

Not long into the flight on a crowded plane Toby gets a text from Todd, a fellow passenger. Todd is carrying a bag with something extremely dangerous hidden in it - but Todd doesn't know what it is, how it will be used or who will use it. But he needs Toby's help. Now. This book is part of the Breakouts series. It is perfect for readers who have gained a bit more confidence in reading and who are after a more challenging read, but who aren't yet ready for longer, more demanding reads.

Flashback

Flashback

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2015

A long time ago, when Bernard was thirteen, he killed a man. Everyone called him a hero. But ever since that time the past has haunted his dreams. Can Bernard ever come to terms with what he did? Part of the Fresh Shades series, this is a shorter version of the original book. The Sharp Shades stories are illustrated and have simpler language and a larger font than the original book. They are perfect for older readers who may find longer books too daunting, but who still want the excitement of a great story told with pace and style.

Peril in the Snow

Peril in the Snow

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/2015

The Night Raiders came without warning. They killed many and took others away. Hari's sister Maya was one of those taken and now Hari vows to find her. But Hari has more than The Night Raiders to fear. Is there a brighter future waiting out there for Hari and Maya - somewhere beyond the deadly mountains? This book is part of the Breakouts series. It is perfect for readers who have gained a bit more confidence in reading and who are after a more challenging read, but who aren't yet ready for longer, more demanding reads.

Dead in the Water

Dead in the Water

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/2015

There's been a gruesome shark attack off an Australian beach. It looks like a massive man-eater has struck - but things are not quite what they seem. Mumbling a meaningless message to his young rescuers, the victim draws them in to a web of intrigue, lies and deadly danger. This book is part of the Breakouts series. It is perfect for readers who have gained a bit more confidence in reading and who are after a more challenging read, but who aren't yet ready for longer, more demanding reads.

A Light in the Forest

A Light in the Forest

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2015

Winter has come to the forest, but the forest animals live in fear of the hungry snow-wolf. The snowy owl has a solution, but will the other animals help? A beautiful parable for our times. A Light in the Forest is abook-banded reading book for more confident readers, carefully levelled at Lime Book Band for guided reading. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this 837-word fiction story is suitable for ages 8 - 9. A Light in the Forest features a more demanding text with extended vocabulary and literary devices. Metaphor and technical language is introduced and illustrations no longer support the text directly. A Light in the Forest is part of Ransom Reading Stars, a structured programme for children learning to read. The series has fifteen levels: four phonics levels and eleven book band levels (Pink through to Lime).

Animal Escapes

Animal Escapes

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2015

How do animals escape from different kinds of attack? From octopus ink to possums playing dead, to skunks making a stink, it's all in here. Animal Escapes is a book-banded reading book for more confent readers, carefully levelled at White Book Band for guided reading. Illustrated throughout with beautiful photographs, this 802-word non-fiction book is suitable for ages 7 - 8. Animal Escapes features a more demanding text with extended vocabulary and literary devices. It has more clauses in sentences, the use of metaphor is introduced, and the story plot is more involved. Animal Escapes is part of Ransom Reading Stars, a structured programme for children learning to read. The series has fifteen levels: four phonics levels and eleven book band levels (Pink through to Lime).

Staying Alive

Staying Alive

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2015

How do animals survive when there is very little water? Find out how scorpions, camels and even kangaroo rats survive in harsh deserts. Staying Alive is a book-banded reading book for developing readers, carefully levelled at Gold Book Band for guided reading. Illustrated throughout with beautiful photographs, this 520-word non-fiction book is suitable for ages 7 - 8. Staying Alive features a longer, more demanding text with extended vobulary and sentence structures. It has wider vocabulary and terminology and the story-line is sustained for longer. More than one point of view is expressed and illustrations no longer support the text. Staying Alive is part of Ransom Reading Stars, a structured programme for children learning to read. The series has fifteen levels: four phonics levels and eleven book band levels (Pink through to Lime).

The Secret Egg

The Secret Egg

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2015

Finding something strange on the bus leads to a secret egg hatching. What can it be? Told entirely in verse, The Secret Egg is a book-banded reading book for developing readers, carefully levelled at Purple Book Band for guided reading. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this 362-word rhyming story is suitable for ages 7 - 8. The Secret Egg features a more demanding text with an extended vocabulary. With a wider vocabulary, the characters are more three dimensional, and illustrations are less important. It encourages more independent reading. The Secret Egg is part of Ransom Reading Stars, a structured programme for children learning to read. The series has fifteen levels: four phonics levels and eleven book band levels (Pink through to Lime).

Plop! Secrets of Poo Power

Plop! Secrets of Poo Power

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2015

A fun and informative read describing how waste from cows, dogs and even humans can be used to power our cities. A celebration of green energy! Plop! The Secrets of Poo Power is a book-banded readig book for developing readers, carefully levelled at Purple Book Band for guided reading. Illustrated throughout with beautiful photographs, this 578-word non-fiction book is suitable for ages 7 - 8. The Secrets of Poo Power features a more demanding text with an extended vocabulary. With a wider vocabulary, the characters are more three dimensional, and illustrations are less important. It encourages more independent reading. The Secrets of Poo Power is part of Ransom Reading Stars, a structured programme for children learning to read. The series has fifteen levels: four phonics levels and eleven book band levels (Pink through to Lime).

The Magic Bicycle

The Magic Bicycle

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2015

Miss Asan had a magic bicycle that could fly. She used it to do good. But when Miss Asan decided to sell the bicycle, Mrs Brown bought it. She wasn't interested in doing good - only in flying on the bicycle. But Mrs Brown couldn't leave it alone. The Magic Bicycle is a book-banded reading book for developing readers, carefully levelled at Turquoise Book Band for guided reading. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this 573-word fiction story is suitable for ages 6 - 7. The Magic Bicycle features a longer, more demanding text with an extended vocabulary. It uses punctuation and layout to encourage reading with expression. It had more complex words and formal sentences and there are complex events. The Magic Bicycle is part of Ransom Reading Stars, a structured programme for children learning to read. The series has fifteen levels: four phonics levels and eleven book band levels (Pink through to Lime).

Feeding the Dragon

Feeding the Dragon

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2015

We're off to feed the dragon in this light and amusing text. We're off to Dragon Mountain! Feeding the Dragon is a book-banded reading book for developing readers, carefully levelled at Gold Book Band for guided reading. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this 742-word fiction story is suitable for ages 7 - 8. Feeding the Dragon features a longer, more demanding text with extended vocabulary and sentence structures. It has wider vocabulary and terminology and the story-line is sustained for longer. More than one point of view is expressed and illustrations no longer support the text. Feeding the Dragon is part of Ransom Reading Stars, a structured programme for children learning to read. The series has fifteen levels: four phonics levels and eleven book band levels (Pink through to Lime).

A Lost World

A Lost World

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2015

What was the world like a long time before humans arrived on Earth? This book offers an account of the dinosaurs - but from a slightly different perspective. A Lost World is a book-banded reading book for more confident readers, carefully levelled at White Book Band for guided reading. Illustrated throughout with beautiful photographs, this 818-word non-fiction book is suitable for ages 7 - 8. A Lost World features a more demanding text with extended vocabulary and literary devices. It has more clauses in sentences, the use of metaphor is introduced, and the story plot is more involved. A Lost World is part of Ransom Reading Stars, a structured programme for children learning to read. The series has fifteen levels: four phonics levels and eleven book band levels (Pink through to Lime).

You'll Never Believe This!

You'll Never Believe This!

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2015

This is a book about crazy, unbelievable weather, when it rains fish and even live maggots. You won't believe it! You'll Never Believe This! is a book-banded reading book for more confident readers, carefully levelled at Lime Book Band for guided reading. Illustrated throughout with beautiful photographs, this 948-word non-fiction book is suitable for ages 8 - 9. You'll ever Believe This! features a more demanding text with extended vocabulary and literary devices. Metaphor and technical language is introduced and illustrations no longer support the text directly. You'll Never Believe This! is part of Ransom Reading Stars, a structured programme for children learning to read. The series has fifteen levels: four phonics levels and eleven book band levels (Pink through to Lime).

Yawning in Assembly

Yawning in Assembly

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2015

Find out what might happen if you yawn in assembly. Yawning in Assembly is a book-banded reading book for developing readers, carefully levelled at Orange Book Band for guided reading. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this 375-word rhyming book is suitable for ages 6 - 7. Yawning in Assembly features a longer, less structured text with a more extended vocabulary. More literary language is used with more complex sentence structures. More space is allowed for text than for pictures. Yawning in Assembly is part of Ransom Reading Stars, a structured programme for children learning to read. The series has fifteen levels: four phonics levels and eleven book band levels (Pink through to Lime).

Operation Code-Cracker

Operation Code-Cracker

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/02/2015

Code-loving Max is unexpectedly recruited to spy on his friend's uncle, a suspected terrorist. But nothing is quite as it seems in this new world of espionage, double-crosses, kidnaps and car chases - and in the end, it may be Max's skill with word puzzles that saves the day. A thrilling, non-stop adventure packed with puzzles for the reader to solve.

Terror of the Swamp

Terror of the Swamp

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2014

Ex-SAS explorer Baron and his son Greg have been sent to the African jungle to find a lost TV crew. The crew were looking for a living dinosaur that is said to lurk in the vast jungle swamp. Baron and Greg start on a search that brings them face to face with the mysterious ancient terrors of the swamp. And it could cost them their lives. Action! Adventure! Danger! This standalone book from Jonny Zucker's Toxic series is a fast-moving chapter book, filled with high-quality black and white illustrations to grab readers' attention. The Toxic series reads are ideal for reluctant and struggling readers who are enthused by short, fast-paced adventure stories. The cliff-hanger at the end of nearly every chapter certainly helps!

Mystery Beasts

Mystery Beasts

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

Tiny but Deadly

Tiny but Deadly

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

Flashback

Flashback

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2014

A long time ago, when Bernard was thirteen, he killed a man. Everyone called him a hero. But ever since that time the past has haunted his dreams. Can Bernard ever come to terms with what he did? Part of the new Fresh Shades series, this book is exciting and fast-paced, keeping within the style of the Shades 2.0 series. It is perfect for reluctant teens who still want an exciting, unpatronising read that is relevant to their interests and concerns, but who don't want to read a longer novel. With a length of only 6,000 words, and filled with drama, this story will appeal to all reluctant teen readers.

Death on Toast

Death on Toast

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2014

Freddy's parents leave him on his own most of the time - and when they are around, they're always complaining. After learning about some deadly mushrooms in Biology, Freddie plans some tasty revenge for his neglectful, moaning parents. Fancy a slice of killer pizza, anyone? Part of the Fresh Shades series, this book is exciting and fast-paced, keeping within the style of the Shades 2.0 series. It is perfect for reluctant teens who still want an exciting, unpatronising read that is relevant to their interests and concerns, but who don't want to read a longer novel. With a length of only 6,000 words, and filled with drama, this story will appeal to all reluctant teen readers.

Animal Record Breakers

Animal Record Breakers

Author: John Townsend Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2014

WOW Facts! are specifically written for struggling readers. Nature is full of superpowers. Meet some of the 'extreme animals' with powers to smash all the records. Discover the gold medal winners of the Animal Olympics. Get ready for some surprises.

Sharks

Sharks

Author: John Townsend Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2014

WOW Facts! are specifically written for struggling readers. Sharks have a scary reputation as big killers of the oceans. But are they really the 'man-eaters of the deep' that we fear? The ones in this book are! Be warned.

Secrets of the Dead

Secrets of the Dead

Author: John Townsend Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2014

WOW Facts! are specifically written for struggling readers. An ancient skull can't speak. But its teeth could tell you dark secrets from long ago! You might be shocked by the stories told by human remains. Get ready to make amazing discoveries with the help of a few old bones - from the king in the car park to the vampire in the vaults. Not for the squeamish!

Sitting Target

Sitting Target

Author: John Townsend Format: eBook Release Date: 15/01/2014

Lee and his mum have plenty of problems of their own - but then a desperate stranger breaks in. Now Lee has to think fast and do the right thing. He suddenly finds himself with a vital job to do in a frantic race against time.At only fourteen, Lee is sure of only one thing: he can't be a sitting target. Not now they are after him.

Animal Record Breakers

Animal Record Breakers

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2014

Sharks

Sharks

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2014

Sitting Target

Sitting Target

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2014

Dockside Extras: Birthday Girl (Stage 3, Book 3)

Dockside Extras: Birthday Girl (Stage 3, Book 3)

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2013

Dockside, the award-winning reading intervention programme, is specifically designed for older children who are struggling with their reading, or for children learning English as an additional language. It provides an opportunity for children to practise their reading skills at a suitable level with age-appropriate storylines. A handy breakdown of key words is included as well as question prompts to encourage discussion. The series is set in an everyday world featuring a range of strong characters and stories to which children can relate, and enjoy, providing a unique approach to reading intervention.

The Secret Message

The Secret Message

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2013

In the attic of his house Sam finds a leather case that belonged to his great great grandfather, Freddy Ovel. The case contains a diary, and as Sam begins to read it he is taken right back to just before the First World War when Freddy was a boy. Sam also finds a photograph and discovers that at his age, Freddy was his exact double. But the diary unlocks much more than just the events of the war. Sam discovers that there is much more to 'Freddy' than meets the eye - not only heroic wartime deeds and terrible injuries, but also some very dark secrets. Thought-provoking and poignant, this book is an excellent way to teach children more about history and the first great war of our times. As part of the Cold Fusion series, this stimulating read is for the curious child that wants something a little more demanding than the usual range of books on offer for their age group.

The Messenger

The Messenger

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2013

When a glass Christmas angel smashes in front of Chris's motorbike, a stranger warns him this must be an omen. It is only when he and his girlfriend get trapped on the moors on Christmas Eve, that Chris wonders if he should have taken the warning more seriously. For soon, very strange things start to happen. Who is the mysterious driver of an old car? What are the secrets in the snow? And just who is the third angel? Recently republished as a new edition, this book is one of the Shades 2.0 series. This book is perfect for reluctant teens who still want an exciting, unpatronising story that is relevant to their interests and concerns, but who don't want to read a longer novel. With a length of only 6,000 words, and filled with drama, this story will appeal to all reluctant teen readers.

Hunter's Moon (Sharp Shades 2.0)

Hunter's Moon (Sharp Shades 2.0)

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2013

Something very odd is happening in the woods. Neil loves his job as a gamekeeper, but there are rumours of dark creatures in the woods. Then Neil finds strange scratch marks on the trees. When his boss has a mysterious accident and Neil receives a strange warning, he decides that he must act. But why should he beware the Hunter's Moon? Republished as a new edition, this book is one of the Shades 2.0 series. This book is perfect for reluctant teens who still want an exciting, unpatronising story that is relevant to their interests and concerns, but who don't want to read a longer novel. With a length of only 6,000 words, and filled with drama, this story will appeal to all reluctant teen readers.

Hunter's Moon (Sharp Shades 2.0)

Hunter's Moon (Sharp Shades 2.0)

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2013

When his boss is mysteriously hurt, young gamekeeper Neil is left to look after the woods and pheasants on his own. There have been rumours of a panther on the loose, and now Neil notices some odd scratch marks on the trees. Is this message a warning? And will Neil take heed before it's too late? In the same style as the Shades 2.0 series, this book tells a fast-paced story but is much shorter than the Shades, allowing for less-able readers to still experience the gripping story but with much simpler language and a larger font. The excitement of the Shades series is still there in these shortened versions of the dramatic, enticing stories.

Amazing Animal Survivors

Amazing Animal Survivors

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2013

Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Did you know some animals have superhero abilities? In Amazing Animal Survival readers learn about some animals' super survival skills! Simple, levelled text accompanies vivid images and engaging design to make these books a popular choice.

Animal Superpowers Pack A of 5

Animal Superpowers Pack A of 5

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2013

Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Did you know some animals have superhero abilities? Books in this series use simple, levelled text and vivid images to teach readers about some of the earth's most super-skilled animals.

World War II

World War II

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2013

Time to take a sideways look at the bizarre and outrageous from throughout history - and it's all TRUE! Which mad weapons were actually used during combat? Who was the bad guy in charge of the Nazi German air force? Which dangerous mission helped to capture the Nazis' new tank? Find out the answers to these questions inside, along with lots of facts, quizzes, and other bonkers stuff as you take a bumpy journey into the darkest crannies of World War II history with Mad, Bad and Just Plain Dangerous!

Amazing Animal Movers

Amazing Animal Movers

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2013

Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Did you know some animals have superhero abilities? In Amazing Animal Migration, readers learn about some animals' super travel skills! Simple, levelled text accompanies vivid images and engaging design to make these books a popular choice.

Amazing Animal Senses

Amazing Animal Senses

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2013

Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Did you know some animals have superhero abilities? In Amazing Animal Senses readers learn about some animals' super sensing skills! Simple, levelled text accompanies vivid images and engaging design to make these books a popular choice.

Amazing Animal Communicators

Amazing Animal Communicators

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/07/2013

Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Did you know some animals have superhero abilities? In Amazing Animal Communicators, readers learn about some animals' super communication skills! Simple, levelled text accompanies vivid images and engaging design to make these books a popular choice.

Amazing Animal Helpers

Amazing Animal Helpers

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/07/2013

Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Did you know some animals have superhero abilities? In Amazing Animal Helpers, readers learn about some animals' super skills at helping people! Simple, levelled text accompanies vivid images and engaging design to make these books a popular choice.

Never Odd or Even

Never Odd or Even

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2012

Here's a detective story with a difference. Elliot is twelve - and he thinks outside the box. Numbers are his thing - and letters. So when 'the biggest mystery that struck our school in the history of the world' needs to be solved, Elliot is the one to call on. But the solution lies inside the book itself - only it's locked away in a series of puzzles and palindromes. Can you find the clues, solve the puzzles and find the culprit? In this mind-boggling detective story with a twist, the reader is the true detective! A mind-boggling detective story with a twist - where the reader is the true detective! One of the amazing books from the Cold Fusion series, this story is ideal for more able reluctant readers who appreciate letter and number patterns. The clues to the mystery can be found hidden in the pages of the book, providing something different from usual detective stories.

Crash Dive

Crash Dive

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/02/2012

World War II

World War II

Author: John Townsend Format: eBook Release Date: 10/01/2012

World War II explores the secrets of World War II. Throughout the war, both sides made great efforts to uncover enemy plans and keep their own secrets hidden. They engaged in secret operations, plots, and missions, always attempting to wrongfoot the enemy or take them by surprise.

Pond Food Band 02b/Red B

Pond Food Band 02b/Red B

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Ponds are full of all kinds of plants and animals. Take a look inside one pond and discover the food chain that exists within, in this wonderfully illustrated non-fiction book by John Townsend. * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Text type: A simple non-fiction book. * Children can recount the food chain of the pond on pages 14-15. * Curriculum links: Science: Plants and animals. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Dockside: Nice Bike (Stage 3 Book 3)

Dockside: Nice Bike (Stage 3 Book 3)

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2011

Dockside: Thumbs Up (Stage 3 Book 19)

Dockside: Thumbs Up (Stage 3 Book 19)

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2011

Dockside: A Real Mixture (Stage 3 Book 16)

Dockside: A Real Mixture (Stage 3 Book 16)

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2011

Dockside: On the Edge (Stage 3 Book 17)

Dockside: On the Edge (Stage 3 Book 17)

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2011

Dockside: Don't Ask (Stage 2 Book 5)

Dockside: Don't Ask (Stage 2 Book 5)

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2011

Dockside: Scrunch and Splat (Stage 2 Book 9)

Dockside: Scrunch and Splat (Stage 2 Book 9)

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2011

Dockside: Let Me In! (Stage 1 Book 6)

Dockside: Let Me In! (Stage 1 Book 6)

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2011

Dockside: Give Us a Hand (Stage 2 Book 10)

Dockside: Give Us a Hand (Stage 2 Book 10)

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2011

Dockside: Silly Me! (Stage 1 Book 5)

Dockside: Silly Me! (Stage 1 Book 5)

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2011

Dockside: Surprise (Stage 1 Book 10)

Dockside: Surprise (Stage 1 Book 10)

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2011

Dockside: The Car Park (Stage 1 Book 8)

Dockside: The Car Park (Stage 1 Book 8)

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2011

Dockside: Fix It (Stage 1 Book 15)

Dockside: Fix It (Stage 1 Book 15)

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2011

Dockside: Torn Shorts (Stage 1 Book 9)

Dockside: Torn Shorts (Stage 1 Book 9)

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2011

Dockside: Us (Stage 1 Book 1)

Dockside: Us (Stage 1 Book 1)

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2011

Dockside: Fan Club (Stage 1 Book 14)

Dockside: Fan Club (Stage 1 Book 14)

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2011

Dockside: The Robber (Stage 3 Book 14)

Dockside: The Robber (Stage 3 Book 14)

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2011

Night of the Werewolf

Night of the Werewolf

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2010

France, the 1760s. The villagers cower in fear of a terrifying beast that stalks their livestock and attacks their children. Rumours are rife. Is the beast a wolf or is it something far more horrific - a werewolf? And can anyone kill it and stop the attacks? Fascinating true story of superstition and terror.Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Is Our Weather Getting Worse? Age 8-9, Above Average Readers

Is Our Weather Getting Worse? Age 8-9, Above Average Readers

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2009

The White Wolves brand is known for providing engaging books that children want to pick up, at a range of different reading levels. The new non-fiction strand reflects the range of non-fiction texts that children will come across in the real world, from guidebooks to cookbooks. They provide a fresh, high-interest look at core geography, history and science topics, and are ideal for classroom and topic libraries, and for teaching non-fiction literacy skills in a curriculum context.

Icefall

Icefall

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2009

Barney's back! On holiday in the Alps, he survives a murder attempt and discovers a terrorist plot. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Hunter's Moon

Hunter's Moon

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2008

Firebomb

Firebomb

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2008

Barney is back, and this time he's discovered a plot to blow up a plane! Can he prevent disaster? The high-octane sequel to Deadline. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Deadline

Deadline

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/02/2007

Barney uncovers a terrorist plot, but nobody will believe him. Can he stop the killers in time? A thrilling up-to-the-minute boy's adventure Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Fiendish Crimes and Punishing Times

Fiendish Crimes and Punishing Times

Author: John Townsend Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2006

Hot News!

Hot News!

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2005

Stimulating and accessible, the titles in the LIVEWIRE series have been produced in association with The Basic Skills Agency to ensure a non-patronising approach towards the requirements of readers with special needs. They provide teenagers/adult interest level fiction and non-fiction for those with reading ages below 10, or adult students learning English as a second language. Each book is graded at one of the following reading ages: 6-7, 7-8, 8-9 or 9-10. All LIVEWIRE books are written by qualified Special Needs teachers, and are expertly assessed and subtly colour-coded for the appropriate reading age. Hot News has articles on strange news stories from around the world, such as Danka, the world's smallest dog, a man who has surgery to have Spock ears and a lion who gets stuck in a public toilet in Africa.

The Hand

The Hand

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2005

A ghostly story about an old vicarage and church involving a girl writing an article for the school magazine.

The Messenger

The Messenger

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2004

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