The "Topics series" presents factual information in a modern magazine format. It offers challenging insights into the modern intercultural world from a teenager's viewpoint. Written in direct, up-to-date English, the texts and illustrations are closely integrated for maximum impact. Key Features: The reader's personal experience is placed at the centre of the reading process. The articles present a variety of text-types, styles and formats. Topics related to science, history and the arts provide specialised information and viewpoints. A Word File glossary of key vocabulary on each page gives essential "while reading" lexical support, with common American and British English differences noted. A Check it Out section provides an up-to-date checklist of specialist language, plus useful websites. Mini-projects and Investigation Points at the end of each article encourage the readers to research further.