Three nonfiction books

Claudette Colvin

        Bomb: the Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin Claudette Colvin by Phillip Hoose Marching For Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge Acclaimed author Jean Fritz, innovator in children’s nonfiction (and biography in particular), has said: “Children don’t need a perfect picture. They need to see what […]

Science and stereotypes

Me...Jane

I’d like to start this post with a little thought exercise. Close your eyes and picture a scientist. What is your scientist doing? What does your scientist look like? If you are anything like my second graders, you’ve conjured up the stereotypical scientist: a man in a white lab coat with crazy hair who is […]

Review of Because They Marched

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Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America by Russell Freedman Middle School    Holiday    83 pp. 8/14    978-0-8234-2921-9    $20.00 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-3263-9    $20.00 With characteristically clear prose sprinkled liberally with primary source quotes and carefully selected photographs, Freedman documents the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march that featured the horrific Bloody Sunday confrontation between […]

Books mentioned in the October 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Unexplained phenomena Extraterrestrial Life series Allman, Toney Are Extraterrestrials a Threat to Humankind? Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint     2011 Library binding ISBN 978-1-60152-170-5 Kallen, Stuart A. The Search for Extraterrestrial Life Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint     2011 Library binding ISBN 978-1-60152-171-2 Marcovitz, Hal Aliens in Pop Culture Middle school, high school   […]

Domestic animals

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Goldish, Meish Science Dogs Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Bearport Goldish, Meish Shelter Dogs Gr. 4–6     32 pp.      Bearport Dog Heroes series. These series entries introduce two types of “dog heroes”: in Science, dogs are studied to aid beneficial scientific discoveries and innovations; Shelter discusses how unwanted dogs can go on to do remarkable things for […]

Cookery

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Barlow, Melissa Noodlemania!: 50 Playful Pasta Recipes Gr. 4–6     112 pp.     Quirk Books Illustrated by Alison Oliver. Sections named for pasta shapes (“Twisted & Twirly,” “Wheels & Whatever”) contain recipes that use common ingredients and simple techniques with the usual caveat about grown-up help. Appetizing full-color photos show final products. Pasta trivia, creative cooking tips, and […]

Big ideas

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Adler, David A. Things That Float and Things That Don’t Gr. K–3        32 pp.      Holiday Illustrated by Anna Raff. Adler expertly teaches the concept of density, moving beyond classic floating and sinking experiments to a carefully constructed lesson that helps young thinkers appreciate both scientific explanations and practices. The concepts are kept simple and age […]

Memoir

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Earl, Esther This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life & Words of Esther Grace Earl Middle school, high school     240 pp.     Dutton With Lori Earl and Wayne Earl. John Green dedicated The Fault in Our Stars to Esther Earl, who, in her own words, “went through a life changing experience known as Thyroid Cancer.” This posthumous collection (with […]

Unexplained phenomena

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Allman, Toney Are Extraterrestrials a Threat to Humankind? Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint Kallen, Stuart A. The Search for Extraterrestrial Life Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint Marcovitz, Hal Aliens in Pop Culture Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint Netzley, Patricia D. Alien Encounters Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint […]

Review of Strike!

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Strike!: The Farm Workers’ 
Fight for Their Rights by Larry Dane Brimner Intermediate, Middle School    Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills    172 pp. 10/14    978-1-59078-997-1    $16.95 Brimner turns his attention from one part of the 1960s — the civil rights movement in the South (Black & White) — to another, a parallel movement among migrant farm workers in […]