We are raising the bar for our library readers to build knowledge, gain awareness, explore possibilities and expand their viewpoints through our content rich non-fiction books.
These words are placed at the beginning of each chapter, along with definitions. As the words appear throughout the chapter text, they are highlighted so the reader is able to reference back to the definition.
Sidebars are used throughout; these are wide ranging, highlighting context rich material to build knowledge, broaden perspectives for the readers, and are a great break from the text to offer up key details beyond the main flowing text.
Questions are placed at the end of each chapter to challenge the reader's comprehension of the chapter they just read, while sending them back for more careful attention to the evidence they were presented.
Research projects are placed at the end of each chapter, providing suggestions for projects that encourage deeper analysis.
This back-of-the book glossary contains terminology used throughout an entire series or subject. The glossary broadens the reader's knowledge and understanding of terms used in a field.
Educational videos allow the student to scan QR codes with a smart device, taking them to educational videos which supplement the text. Examples of these include great moments in sports, iconic speeches, and news coverage of historical events.
Downside of Drugs
* Dr. Joshua Borus from Harvard Medical School wrote an introduction to this series that appears in the front of each book. It is a thoughtful piece of writing, aimed at young teens, and it talks about getting older and having more freedoms; about having choices and how to make sure one has enough information and has put enough thought into things in order to make good choices. It explains that this series of books offers information about drugs so that teens who read these books will have the knowledge and ability to make smart choices.
* Each book has sixteen chapters, each chapter is no more than two pages long, and at the end of each title, there is a glossary, an index, a list of photo credits, a short book list "For Further Reading", and a short list of websites where you can "Find Out More On The Internet." Each book covers the chemical makeup of the drug in question, and explores how taking it affects the brain and body. The authors touch on why the drug might seem like a good thing, but then write about all the downsides, from the physical to the emotional to the legal.
Mason Crest began in 2003 with a goal to become known as the leading line of non-fiction, young adult, school and library books covering a variety of socially responsible, high-interest, and forward-thinking topics. Annually we publish over 200 new titles for Middle and High School students. We are Publishing What Matters in areas such as Global Studies, Math, Science, Careers, Finance, Country Studies, American Studies, Drugs, Family, Health, Nutrition, Fitness, Contemporary Issues, and Biographies. With each series we create, we obtain senior consultants, editors and proficient authors. They key to our content is not just research, but that we have people involved from the start who have devoted their careers to the subjects we are publishing books on. We take great pride in our work and would appreciate hearing from you.
All the very best,
The Mason Crest Team