A bolt of lightning creates a spark that instantly turns a tree into a ball of flames. The fire quickly spreads in the remote forest. Overhead, specially trained firefighters leap out of a plane into the forest. They carefully tug on their parachute straps to avoid the blaze and the rising smoke. After landing, the smoke jumpers immediately get to work battling the giant fire. In Smoke Jumpers, dramatic, true stories will keep readers turning the pages as they learn firsthand how these tough, brave firefighters use their strength, quick thinking, and expert skills to battle deadly blazes. In addition, readers will go behind the scenes to learn how smoke jumpers train for their job so that they are ready to spring into action at a moments notice.
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Today, many general contractors specialize in environmentally-friendly construction methods. Green buildings use less energy and are often made with recycled materials. Readers will learn about the people who specialize in this type of construction and how they can prepare for a career in this cutting edge field.
Around the world, makers come together to share their ideas and inventions at Maker Faires. Readers will integrate visual information with text and learn technical word meanings as they read what it is like to visit these incredible events and see some of the world's most innovative new projects. They will also find out how to volunteer at Maker Faires or event plan their own maker events.
Makers often come together to form communities where they can exchange ideas and equipment. Readers will set foot in some of the world's most interesting makerspaces and see what kinds of tools makers use to create their projects. They will also learn how to find makerspaces of their own.
May 20, 2013, began as a normal day at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma. Just before 3:00 p.m., a loud siren went offa tornado was coming! Students and teachers raced to find shelter from the massive twister. The storm violently shook the school. Its powerful, swirling winds tore the roof off the building and caused some of the schools walls to collapse. Would the students and teachers inside survive the storms fury? Oklahomas Devastating May 2013 Tornado is a heart-stopping account of the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma, and nearby areasfrom its origins as a thunderstorm to its transformation into a huge twister and, finally, to the peoples heroic efforts to rebuild after the destruction. Captivating, first-person accounts of survivors, including a teacher who risked her life to save her students and a couple who helped rescue people trapped by the monster storm, bring this dramatic tale to life. Large, color photos, maps, and fact boxes enrich the true stories of bravery and heroism. Written in narrative format, this book is sure to draw readers in and hold them tight.
In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy hammered the Caribbean and eastern United States, leaving a long trail of destruction in its path. Powerful winds snapped trees and shattered windows. Floodwaters filled up streets, washing away cars and spilling into buildings. Thousands of people were forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives. This book is an account of the storm, from its origins in the Caribbean Sea to its landfall in New Jersey and, finally, to its aftermath. Superstorm Sandy includes captivating, first-person accounts of survivors, including a fireman who waded through chest-deep water to carry his three children and wife to safety, as well as a woman who was forced to take refuge in a tree after her home flooded during the storm. Large color photos, maps, and fact boxes enrich the true stories of bravery and heroism. Written in narrative format, this book is sure to draw readers in--and never let them go.