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John Townsend

  • 5 stars across 296 books
    Born on the stroke of midnight in a little house in the ancient Roman town of Caesaromagus (Chelmsford), John grew up with a love of stories, the power of words and the magic of plays on the stage. John trained as a secondary school teacher and was first published in 1983. Oodles of years later, he became a full-time writer. He's well known for writing to encourage readers into books and has been named a 'Reading Champion' by the National Literacy Trust. He lives in Worcestershire, England.


    Publication Date


    4th May 2017

    The Birthday Invitation

    When handing out the invitations for her birthday party, Ella mistakenly drops one on the forest floor, and who should f... More

    (3 reviews)
    1st June 2018

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

    Cephas Catchpole is a young orphan in 19th century England, apprenticed as a chimney sweep to a cruel master. When he is... More

    (2 reviews)
    12th September 2013

    EDGE: Mad, Bad and Just Plain Dangerous: Victorians

    Time to take a sideways look at the bizzare and outrageous from throughout history - and it's all TRUE! Which new materi... More

    (1 review)
    16th February 2015

    Geography Quest: Journey into the Earth

    Step inside for an earth shattering expedition! An urgent phone call comes in, it's Doctor Ludmila Popplecrack... More

    (1 review)
    1st September 2011

    Pond Food: Band 02b/Red B

    Ponds are full of all kinds of plants and animals. Take a look inside one pond and discover the food chain that exists... More

    (1 review)
    3rd September 2009

    The Big Book of Baddies

    Everyone loves to hate a villain whether real or fictitious, and this book features over 75 of the best-known baddies fr... More

    (1 review)
    1st March 2017

    Truly Foul & Cheesy Science Jokes and Facts Book

    This hilarious, fact-packed joke book will have young readers laughing as they're learning. It features dozens of gut-bu... More

    (1 review)
    1st October 2017

    Life-Sized Animal Tracks

    This eye-opening guide features to-scale representations of the prints left by all manner of animal species from across ... More

    (1 review)
    1st November 2017

    Truly Foul and Cheesy Genius Jokes and Facts Book

    This hilarious, fact-packed joke book will have young readers laughing as they're learning. It features dozens of gut-bu... More

    (1 review)
    10th January 2019

    Sharks: Get Up Close to Nature's Fiercest Predators

    Sharks are the most awe-inspiring creatures on Earth. Killer machines built of tonnes of solid muscle with thousands o... More

    (1 review)
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    John Townsend

    The Curse of the Speckled Monster

    Edge: Mad, Bad and Just

    Geography Quest

    Collins Big Cat Phonics

    Truly Foul & Cheesy Joke Book


    Truly Foul & Cheesy

    When Disaster Struck

    Sport Files

    Cyfres Yr Hebog

    Sci-Hi: Sci-HI


    Cold Fusion


    Edge: Action Force

    Shades 2.0

    Dockside Extras

    Animal Scientists

    Sharp Shades

    Cyfres Clic

    Reading Stars

    Manners Series

    Billie B Brown

    Highlights! Adventure Trilogy

    Shake, Roll & Giggle Books - Square




    Raintree Freestyle: Weird History of Science

    Sci-hi: Science and Technology

    101 Ways

    Amazing Crime Scene Scie

    Black Cats

    Amazing Crime Scene Science

    Reality Check

    Teen Reads

    Wow! Facts (P)

    Animal Superpowers

    Wow! Facts (T)

    Why Science Matters

    Life Skills

    White Wolves Non Fiction

    Wow! Facts (G)

    Raintree Freestyle: A Painful History of Childhood

    Wow! Facts



    Heinemann Plays for 11-14

    Tickling with Words

    YA Fiction

    Rapid Phonics


    Incredible Creatures

    Raintree Fusion: Life Processes and Living Things

    Amazing Mysteries

    Livewire Chillers S.

    Livewire Non Fiction

    Livewire Chillers


    Raintree Fusion: Geography

    Raintree Freestyle Express: Incredible Creatures

    Raintree Freestyle: A Painful History of Crime


    High Impact

    Solve it with Science

    Beastly Science



    New Spirals - Non-fiction

    Who's Hiding

    Rising Stars Reading Planet

    Creature Features

    Live from the Crypt

    A Painful History of Childhood


    The Scribble Monsters' Guide To Modern Manners

    Rapid Phonics Online_ESPO


    Magical Pets

    Sweet Dreamzzz


    Animal Stories For Bedtime

    Rebel Angels