Part of a new series of fiction books which will take young, independent readers into 'real books'. The series covers a wide range of genres from adventure, humour and fairy tale to fantasy, mystery and science fiction.
When Karl and his friend Daniel report seeing what looked like a body being dumped in a ditch, the police don't seem very interested in investigating, so the two friends decide to go to the ditch and look into it for themselves.
The story of the development of medicine is intriguing, and involves countless trial and error. Readers learn of the stories less-often heard of in this intriguing volume. They learn about the genesis of the medicine we often take for granted today; learning of these back stories, readers will gain an appreciation for common treatments to afflictions that often proved fatal in the past.
Written in British English, Tsunami! describes how earthquakes and volcanoes cause deadly waves, the devastation they inflict on communities and the environment, and why they are so difficult to predict.
'How can a three-pound mass of jelly that you can hold in your palm imagine angels, contemplate the meaning of infinity, and even question its own place in the cosmos?' V. S. Ramachandran, neuroscientist, 2011 How we think, feel, move, remember, imagine, and experience the outside world and our own bodies is the domain of neuroscience. For millennia, the workings of the brain and nerves could be approached only through superstition and conjecture. Then, in the 19th century, neuroscience began to cast light on this most complex of our bodily systems. This book traces the development of neuroscience, from ancient beliefs to the technologies of the present day. Neuroscience is the science of th...
DRUGS ON THE STREET explores, in eye-opening detail, a problem faced by young people all around the world. It tackles subjects such as: the circumstances that lead people to abuse or deal in drugs; the physical, psychological and social effects of addiction; and how drug crime operates on an international scale, and how it affects individuals.The VOICES series brings alive a range of modern-day issues - many of them highly controversial - and aims to stimulate debate and discussion. Firsthand quotes from young people and figures in authority present often opposing views, and offer a global perspective on a wide variety of questions relating to each topic. Summaries of statistics complement the text and provide further food for thought.
This volume traces humanity's exploration of the heavens from Neolithic times to NASA. Moving beyond early superstitions and cosmology, scientific study began by first making calendars and predicting astronomical events. The invention of the telescope around 1600 marked a watershed in the field of astronomy. Since the first recognition that the planets are other worlds, the wonders of space have puzzled and enthralled us. With a wealth of full-color and archival images and a compelling narrative style, this text charts our fascination with stars from before Stonehenge to the search for exoplanets and extraterrestrial life.