Dr. E’s Super Stellar Solar System

Dr. E’s Super Stellar Solar System: Massive Mountains! Supersize Storms! Alien Atmospheres!
by Bethany Ehlmann (Author) and Jennifer Swanson (Author)

Booktalk: Follow explorer Bethany Ehlmann, a member of the NASA Mars Rover Curiosity mission, and her lovable robo-dog, Rover, as they study and protect our amazing solar system.

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Wildland Firefighter

Wildland Firefighter
by Laura K. Murray (Author)

Booktalk: A brief exploration of what wildland firefighters do on the job, including the equipment they use and the training they need, plus real-life instances of famous smokejumpers parachuting in to fight fires.

Snippet: SMOKE BILLOWS FROM THE TREES.
The fire has formed blazing walls of flames. You feel its scorching heat. Your pack is heavy. But you keep digging your shovel into the soil.


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The Space Race

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The Space Race: How the Cold War Put Humans on the Moon
by Matthew Brenden Wood (Author) and Samuel Carbaugh (Illustrator)

Booktalk: On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong landed gently on the lunar surface and became the first person to set foot on another world. People around the world stopped what they were doing to crowd around television sets and radios to witness one of the greatest achievements in human history–a man walking on the moon. How did we get there? Why haven’t we gone back?

The 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 is NEXT SUMMER.

Snippet: What will your teens say about this comic on the back cover? Ask them to use their phones to scan the QR codes in the book and see the primary sources for this real-life story.

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Free as a Bird

Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala
by Lina Maslo (Author / Illustrator)

Booktalk: When Malala Yousafzai was born, people shook their heads because girls were considered bad luck. But her father looked into her eyes and knew she could do anything.

In Pakistan, people said girls should not be educated. But Malala and her father were not afraid. She secretly went to school and spoke up for education in her country.

And even though an enemy tried to silence her powerful voice, she would not keep quiet.

Snippet: But then a new enemy came to Pakistan.

At first, the enemy hid within the radio.
They told the people what to do.
They told people that girls could no longer go to school.

Then the enemy came out of hiding.
The punished people who did not listen to them.
They blew up schools for girls.

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The World of Minecraft

The World of Minecraft
by Heather E. Schwartz (Author)

Booktalk: Explore the history and culture surrounding the Minecraft games, books, toys, and more.

Snippet: Minecraft fans play in a vast world with almost unlimited freedom to be creative. But would you believe that the basic elements of Minecraft were created in only a few days? A Swedish game developer named Markus “Notch” Persson coded the game that quickly in 2004. He was in a hurry because he wanted to move on to other games. He had no idea the one he’d just made would become a smash hit.

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