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Technology innovations, past and present

Carmichael, L. E. Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
High schoo  112 pp.  ABDO

Farrell, Courtney Methane Energy
High school  112 pp.  ABDO

Hand, Carol Biomass Energy
High school  112 pp.  ABDO

Hirsch, Rebecca Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
High school  112 pp.  ABDO

Innovative Technologies series. These dense books describe energy sources and technologies that can serve to reduce or eliminate our use of fossil fuels. Each account includes a brief history of the field, the underlying science, technologies under development and the policies that regulate them, and the challenges faced in making these technologies economically and scientifically feasible. High-quality, well-chosen photographs accompany the texts. Reading list. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Machines and technology; Fossil fuels; Energy; Vehicles—Automobiles

Harris, Ashley Rae Facebook: The Company and Its Founders
Middle school, high school  112 pp.  ABDO

Harris, Ashley Rae Microsoft: The Company and Its Founders
Middle school, high school  112 pp.  ABDO

Wittekind, Erika The Company and Its Founder
Middle school, high school  112 pp.  ABDO

Technology Pioneers series. Emphasizing the details of their business successes rather than their personal lives, these profiles provide young readers with inspirational, true stories of how Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos developed their start-up technology ventures into huge and profitable companies whose products and services permeate our lives. Color photos and sidebars support the workmanlike prose. Reading list, timeline. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Machines and technology; Computers; Internet; Books and reading; Business; Gates, Bill

Montgomery, Sy Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World
Gr. 4–6  148 pp.  Houghton

Featuring a foreword by world-renowned animal-science expert Grandin, photos from her childhood and adult life, reproductions of her schematic designs for livestock facilities, and inserts on topics ranging from autism to factory farming, Montgomery’s biography is full of inspiration and information. This powerful story of one amazing woman’s life journey will likely help readers better understand animals and autistic people. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Animal rights; Animals—Cattle; Scientists; Women—Scientists; Disabilities, Mental—Autism; Women—Biographies; Grandin, Temple

Rumford, James From the Good Mountain: How Gutenberg Changed the World
Gr. K–3  40 pp.  Roaring Brook/Flash Point/Porter

In this inviting look at Gutenberg’s transformative invention and the intricate craft of early printing, Rumford vivifies the ways and means of medieval innovation with intriguing details. An epilogue elucidates and extends the occasionally too-truncated information, as does handsome watercolor and gouache art that recalls illuminated manuscripts while revealing additional tasks, hazards, and sources of inspiration.
Subjects: Machines and technology; Gutenberg, Johann; Printing; Books and reading; Germany

Rusch, Elizabeth The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity
Gr. 4–6 
80 pp. Houghton

Scientists in the Field series. The groundbreaking 2004 Mars Exploration Rover Mission of “little” rovers Spirit and Opportunity provided evidence for the possibility of water on Mars. Principal scientist Steve Squyres’s reflections frame Rusch’s account, which skillfully captures the exciting quest for knowledge. Compelling images of Mars, Squyres’s team, and landscapes superimposed with photos of rovers also convey this engineering accomplishment’s significance. Websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Space; Scientists; Space—Space vehicles; Astronomy—Mars; Engineering; Exploration and explorers

From the October 2013 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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