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Animal-human relationships

Castaldo, Nancy F.  Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel Middle school, high school     152 pp.     Houghton Castaldo explores the scientific evidence for animal intelligence, emotions, and communication—from early observational studies to contemporary experiments that show the cognitive capabilities of monkeys, dogs, dolphins, and crows. The ethics of animal-human interactions are also considered. […]

Graphic-novel biographies and memoirs

Chandler, Matt  Outrunning the Nazis: The Brave Escape of Resistance Fighter Sven Somme Illustrated by Daniele Nicotra. Gr. 4–6, middle school     32 pp.     Capstone/Graphic Library Yomtov, Nel  Death Camp Uprising: The Escape from Sobibor Concentration Camp Illustrated by Wilson Tortosa. Gr. 4–6, middle school     32 pp.     Capstone/Graphic Library Great Escapes of World War II series. […]

Interesting invention stories

Allman, Toney  Women Scientists and Inventors Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint Collective Biographies series. Following a brief introduction describing historical obstacles to women’s careers in sciences, this volume profiles six successful women and their rise to influence. Each fairly short bio narrates the ups and downs of its subject’s career, and most paint […]

Logophila

Brunetti, Ivan  Wordplay Gr. K–3     40 pp.     TOON After Annemarie defines compound word for her teacher, the girl imagines interpreting compounds part by part: an eggplant, for instance, would be a plant that grows eggs. Spacious graphic-novel panels invite readers to spend time with each of Brunetti’s humorous illustrations. The two words that make each […]

Calm and confidence

Foudy, Julie  Choose to Matter: Your Guide to Being Courageously and Fabulously You Middle school, high school     304 pp.     Disney/espnW Drawing on casual, “feet up, shoes off” (#SockTalk) interviews with successful women and on advice she gives at leadership clinics, Olympic gold-medalist soccer player Foudy encourages young women to develop leadership skills in broad social […]

Books mentioned in the January 2018 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Animal-human relationships Castaldo, Nancy F.  Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel Middle school, high school     152 pp.     Houghton     2017 Trade ISBN 978-0-544-63335-3 Dutcher, Jim and Dutcher, Jamie  Living with Wolves!: True Stories of Adventures with Animals [National Geographic Kids Chapters series] Gr. K–3     111 pp.     National Geographic     2016 Library binding ISBN 978-1-4263-2564-9 […]