High/Low Titles – What Does That Mean?

by Lara Neel, Trade Marketing Manager

Those of us who publish books can sometimes be (accurately!) accused of developing our own language, of sorts. For example, you may have noticed that we tend to call a book a “title.” I think that’s because we want to be clear when we’re talking about a set of ideas, words, and photographs, without the confusion of worrying about the exact format. Using those definitions, one title could spawn many, many books.

Another term you may come across is “high/low.” Roughly, we use it to mean books that are highly engaging, but are still easy to read. Fast-paced stories on high-interest themes draw in kids and keep them reading, even if they’ve previously been reluctant readers.

A great example is Full Tilt’s Origins: Whodunnit series. All of these titles are designed to appeal to kids from grade 5 through grade 8, in an easy-to-digest reading level of grade 3.



A thief touches a doorknob, leaving behind fingerprints as clues to the crime. A woman is mysteriously killed, and only an autopsy can explain how and why. Many crimes have been solved—and many who are accused have been found innocent—thanks to DNA. In Forensics, part of Full Tilt’s Origins: Whodunnit series, readers will learn about the science involved in crime-fighting and how it has impacted the way crimes are solved and committed. A detailed timeline, keywords, and fun facts will allow readers to discover the unique insights that forensic study can offer.



The Mona Lisa is stolen from the Louvre, but people still line up to see the spot where it used to hang. Diamond thieves steal millions of dollars’ worth of jewels, but how do they sell them for cash? How do some heists succeed, and what happens when they go very wrong? The art of high-stakes theft has been popular in the media and the movies. In Heists, part of Full Tilt’s Origins: Whodunnit series, readers will learn how different types of heists began. Through timelines, fun facts, and true stories, students will discover the truth behind glamorized crime.


Law Enforcement

Even the most iconic law enforcement organizations began with the need to serve and protect. Some started out as neighborhood patrols, while others began while settlers tried to tame the wild west. How did everyday beat cops start? When did the Secret Service begin protecting the President of the United States? What do the Texas Rangers and Federal Marshals actually do? In Law Enforcement, part of Full Tilt’s Origins: Whodunnit series, students will explore the world of crime-fighters by reading true stories, examining timelines, and more. Not only will readers learn about the origin of each group, they’ll also read about what it takes to wear the badge.


Organized Crime

The crime organizations most often portrayed in movies and on television are interesting, but they’ve got nothing on the real world of organized crime. Who really controls certain parts of Russia? Could it be the Red Mafia? A group called the Triads, of China, is one of the most feared organized crime groups in the world. In Organized Crime, part of Full Tilt’s Origins: Whodunnit series, students will learn about the impact of organized crime on society and will explore how and why different criminal organizations began.

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