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NEW NON-FICTION LIBRARY SERIES ENTICES READERS WITH STORIES OF REAL-LIFE CRIMES AND THE SCIENCE THAT SOLVED THEM


Scholastic Library Publishing’s 24/7: Science Behind the Scenes™ Promises Struggling and Reluctant Readers a Literary Thrill Ride

New York, NY (April 10, 2007) -- Hand a high school student a book about chemistry, medicine or dentistry and most will hand it back. But tell them it contains stories of real life crime scene detectives, spies or mummies and they’ll snatch it up in an instant.
 
That’s the strategy behind 24/7: Science Behind the Scenes ™, a new series of non-fiction books from Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company.
 
The 24/7: Science Behind the Scenes series is a line of dynamic, non-fiction titles offered through Scholastic Library Publishing’s Franklin Watts imprint. The books tell riveting stories and describe cutting edge technologies and scientific techniques used by real life crime detectives. Written for struggling and reluctant readers, the series will inspire students in grades 8-12 to open books by delving into the captivating case files of real experts.
 
Using charts, timelines, maps and Q & A interviews to create powerful visuals, the books are meant to inspire even low-level readers. The series introduces students to vocabulary that is crucial to their development as readers, and gives them practical knowledge on a topic – science – that educators and businessmen are prioritizing more and more in an age of global competition.
 
“Librarians are changing the way they think about children’s non-fiction by recognizing that dynamic graphics and thrilling content will make even the most unenthusiastic reader want to pick up a book and read,” said Greg Worrell, president of Scholastic Library Publishing. “We’re thrilled to offer 24/7 to libraries as a collection that is not only exciting, but also helps students improve their reading skills and exposes them to potential careers.”
 
The first collection in 24/7 Science Behind the Scenes: Forensics, available this spring, draws upon the popularity of crime-drama television and demonstrates how topics like chemistry and dentistry enter into riveting real life investigations. It includes the titles “Dusted and Busted: The Science of Fingerprinting” and “Skulls and Skeletons: True-Life Stories of Bone Detectives.” The book “The Right Bite: Dentists as Detectives,” for example, includes the story of how a forensic dentist, Dr. Richard Souviron, uncovered the crucial piece of evidence that sealed the case against convicted killer Ted Bundy.
 
Two more collections –  “Medical Files” and “Spy Files” – will be released in catalogues in fall 2007, followed by a fourth – “Mystery Files” – in spring 2008.
 
About Scholastic Library Publishing
Scholastic Library Publishing creates a multitude of products, both in print and online, for the school and public library market under the imprints of Grolier®, Children's Press®, Franklin Watts®, and Grolier Online®.  Children's Press offers primarily non-fiction series for elementary and middle schools, while Franklin Watts focuses on non-fiction for the high school market. Grolier publishes encyclopedias and curriculum-aligned reference sets, and is best known for the brands Encyclopedia Americana® and The New Book of Knowledge®.  Grolier Online is a self-contained, non-commercial electronic gateway offering thousands of resources for student research, including the Encyclopedia Americana® Online, The New Book of Knowledge® Online and the Spanish language encyclopedia La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre.™  Scholastic Library Publishing advocates for learning and the importance of libraries as a valuable resource to improve student achievement.
 
About Scholastic
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology.  Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys.  The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the Company's Internet site, www.scholastic.com.

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