All Sorts


As always, there’s plenty going on in the exciting world of books, schools and libraries. I’m looking forward to dropping in on a number of schools this term and returning to some familiar wow school libraries. Having visited hundreds of schools, I never cease to be amazed at young people’s fantastic ideas, imaginations and real enjoyment of books - to say nothing of all the great librarians & teachers up and down the land. See you soon!

New Townsend titles are available; from more LIVE FROM THE CRYPT TV chat shows with famous ghosts to ANIMAL STORIES for BEDTIME and (hurry to avoid the Christmas rush) THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES - stories for each night through December! 2022 brings all sorts of new books, from bedtime treats for toddlers to more wacky nonfiction. If silly verse or scary fiction of rascals and rapscallions are more your thing, keep an eye open for these titles - if you dare... Surprised

pirate  pickling  GG

 henry    henryvictoria    how

 bear monkeys


How about a couple of YouTube clips of recent titles to whet your appetite? Just click on the covers for a quick taster...

 SBclick on this, too  TWW

Having written about snakes, spiders and scary beasts, I’m always interested to hear stories about people’s encounters with unusual animals. I’m amazed at how many children keep snakes, as well as how many of them escape (the snakes, not the children). In some schools I tell the true story of the boy who woke up with a python around his neck. A willing helper acts out the story until the point of strangulation....

                            snak   POR


Just in case you’re on the look-out for new TEEN READS or WOW Nonfiction Facts, take a look at my latest titles with BADGER LEARNING ... if you dare!  


shark   arb   body   dead

Non-fiction books can be a great way to get into reading and there are many of us writing Children’s Non-fiction. Check us out at NIBWEB by clicking on the nib! nib

If you would like to book a visit just click here A and they’ll sort it all for you.  May see you soon!


In the ERA Awards (drum roll, dramatic music, spot lights) DOCKSIDE won the Best Special Education Resource.  ***AS SEEN ON TV! ***  Used in ’Last Chance Academy’ on BBC’s Panorma.

DOCKSIDE reading scheme  ds 2012 Award Winner         

Take a look at these links:      Many of my books are available here from Amazon 

   Reading Zone  

  crashdive black

                  Click on bookmark to download the ebookmark or this one for the USAmark 

‘John Townsend is skilled at maintaining the tension in Crash Dive - a pacy, upbeat adventure story… This engaging book would be a good one to give a misunderstood teenage reader.’     The Independent on Sunday

Here’s something completely different...  

A detective story with a difference from Ransom Publishing. Eliot is 12 and has a secret but can you solve his puzzle?  NEVER ODD OR EVEN will test your powers of deduction!

"This book is awesome - brilliant. I was hanging on to every word. I recommend this book to anyone - anyone you could possibly imagine."     Laurie, aged 13


A story with hidden clues from to mark the centenary of World War 1 ...

                                  tsm        sd    

              Nail-biting adventures... OPERATION CODE-CRACKER 

 OCC  soap

Thanks to Tyler from Norwich for his review here Wink

   And finally...

Ransom Publishing’s brand new reading programme is launched! Look out for


dragon  Magic


More books coming soon!

                   Thanks for visiting - and happy reading...

  toby  Don’t have nightmares... too much!