A crunching sound awakens a husband and wife sailing to Hawaii. Water starts to rush into their boat. They watch from the life raft as it sinks in only 15 minutes. That is the beginning of William and Simonne Butler’s 66-day trial of survival on the ocean. Iron Will: Surviving the Sea tells the story of five shipwrecks, and what it took for the survivors to endure until they were rescued. From surviving in an air pocket in a sunken ship at the bottom of the ocean, to the longest solo survival at sea, readers will learn how these individuals persevered against all odds.
A group of friends plan a trip to explore the Amazon rainforest. They have a map and some supplies, but the jungle is thick with trees. There are very few paths. The friends realize that they are lost and no one knows where to look for them. That is the beginning of Loic Pillois and Guilhem Nayral’s dangerous adventure. Iron Will: Surviving the Jungle tells five shocking stories of being lost in the rainforest. The survivors faced deadly animals, like jaguars and poisonous spiders, and encountered dangerous terrain, with heavy rains, flooding, and waterfalls. But readers will learn how they each made it out alive, with little more than an iron will.
A woman is getting her gear ready for a day of skiing. It’s a beautiful day at the lodge and she is near the lockers setting up her ski boots. She hears a distant rumble, and the lodge is overtaken by an avalanche. This is the start of Anna Allen’s five-day ordeal of being trapped under snow and debris. Iron Will: Surviving the Mountain retells 5 stories of adventure and survival on cold, dangerous mountains around the world. Some people lost limbs, and others lost fingers and toes to the cold. Even the most prepared can become the mountain’s victim. But somehow, with grit and determination, these survivors didn’t lose their lives.
A man is driving through the Australian outback. His car breaks down, miles away from any help. He is surrounded by nothing but dry earth and bare trees, which offer very little shade. He knows he won’t make it if he tries to walk to a town. This is the beginning of Ricky Megee’s 71-day ordeal in the Australian wilderness. Iron Will: Surviving the Desert relates the experiences of five people alone in deserts around the world, and how they made it out alive. If the poisonous snakes and lizards don’t pose a major threat, the lack of water and high temperatures will. It takes a special will to survive to make it through such harsh a environment.
Germs and bacteria are everywhere. They are on surfaces we touch everyday, and millions of them live inside our bodies. Some of these bacteria can make us sick. Most illnesses can be treated with medicine. But sometimes, a superbug hits. These powerful bacteria have evolved to survive most drugs, leaving doctors puzzled over how to treat them. Learn how science is tackling this new enemy.
Finding forensic evidence, examining murder victims, and identifying injuries are all in a day’s work for these death investigators. Dead bodies need doctors too, and Medical Examiners are on the case!
Gangs exist in places all over the world. The United States, however, is believed to have more gangs than any other country in the world. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the issues surrounding gangs, including how and why young people are lured into gangs and the consequences of gang involvement. Firsthand accounts and current statistics provide an insightful look at this issue.
How much strength does it take to be a superhero? In this fun title, readers will find out! Engaging text and fun photos introduce super strength in fiction, exploring the origins of a popular hero with the power. Then, each chapter introduces how it is possible in the real world, and explores what the future of super strength science holds. Added features provide visual fun, explaining how the science of super strength works, profiling a popular superhero, exploring super strength in nature, and more!
Ever wondered what you could do with super speed? You could get to school in the blink of an eye! In this title, a narrative opener puts readers in the action. Then, fact-filled chapters cover the use of super speed in fiction, how it appears in real life, and the power’s possibilities for the future. Special features explore real-life examples of super speed in nature, highlight an example in popular culture, profile a favorite superhero, and more. Readers will race through this fun text at super speed!
Although he cannot see, Daredevil uses his super senses of smell, touch, taste, and sound to save the day! Humans don’t quite have the super senses of Daredevil. But in this title, readers will explore how people and animals use their senses in super ways! Informative text highlights the superpower in fiction, the science behind the power, and the power’s future possibilities. Special features reinforce the text by profiling a popular superhero, highlighting the superpower in the media, showing off its use in nature, and more!
Introduces young readers to the dangers of Adderall addiction and shows ways that users have found help. Learn about the physical and mental effects of Adderall abuse and its negative impact on lives. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, an infographic, critical thinking questions, a phonetic glossary, an index, and sources for further research.
The STEM Files graphic novel series focuses on the hilarious, top secret stories of ambitious, but inept, would-be evil villains. Top Secret: Pharmer focuses on the blundering would-be evil villian Dr. Phineas, Armour, aka Pharmer, as he attempts to infect the residents of The City with the common cold and charge all the citizens for the cure. But he fails miserably due to his lack of knowledge about bacteria, viruses, and medicine. It's hard to infect people if you don't know how infections and medications work! Each book in the series focuses on a key STEM concept. Includes educational callouts, sidebars, and backmatter material. Supplemental activity also included.
What makes something "smart?" In the Exploring the Internet of Things series, readers discover how inanimate objects, from watches to home speakers to even t-shirts, help people get things done better, faster, and smarter. In Smart Healthcare, readers will learn the practical application, technological and future advancements, and innovation of IoT in the medical industry. Includes informative sidebars, data-focused text, and 21st Century Skills backmatter content.
Genetic engineers study genes and DNA to develop ways to recreate and modify them to advance technologies in fields such as medicine and agriculture. Using living organisms and systems to create new products and technologies is called biotechnology. Readers will learn how genetic engineers are working toward curing diseases in humans and making crops less susceptible to disease. Real-life examples and a design challenge help students understand key concepts related to the engineering process, and encourage discussion about the impact of biotechnology on our lives, including its benefits and risks.
Biomedical engineering is the fastest growing engineering field. From designing life-saving medical devices to high-performance athletic gear, these engineers improve people’s lives every day. This book explores the creative ways biomedical engineers help diagnose, treat, and prevent problems found in human body systems. Real-life examples make learning about the engineering design process interesting for readers. Practical, hands-on activities help readers to understand scientific and engineering principles.
Binge drinking is the most common form of alcohol abuse by youth under the age of 21. This informative title discusses the social pressure to binge drink, symptoms, treatment, and prevention. Binge drinking can lead to other high-risk behavior and health risks, including alcohol poisoning, impaired judgment, mental and physical health issues, and alcoholism. Recent statistics and compelling testimonials provide a candid, real-world examination of the issue of underage alcohol abuse.
Many people today identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. This timely title gives young people a better understanding of sexual orientation, gender identity, and the LGBTQ community. Personal testimonials and discussion questions shed light on the difficulties individuals face coming out and dispel myths of gender stereotypes. Open and honest text focuses on creating a safe and inclusive community for people of all orientations. Also included is advice on how to support family members, friends, or classmates who identify as a member of the LGBTQ community.
Experiencing loss can leave many people feeling alone and full of conflicting emotions. From losing a loved one to a difficult breakup, each person experiences grief and loss in their own way. This sensitive title explores the grieving process from expected deaths including cancer to sudden loss from accidents or suicide. Also included are strategies for coping and healing, building support systems, and moving forward after loss.
The statistics tell a horrific story: one in six women and one in 33 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Over 93 percent of juvenile sexual assault and rape victims know their assaulters. Written by a therapist, Date Rape helps readers understand this sensitive issue and gives those who have experienced it advice and coping strategies. Topics include the effects of rape, from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicide, as well as the benefits of disclosure and trust.
Self-injury is not something people talk about very often. Yet, it is a reality for millions of young people across North America. Cutting and Self-injury deals with the delicate issues of self-harming behavior and the reasons why people do it. Directly and carefully written, this book discusses avoidance and treatment. Special tool-box sections outline real life coping strategies for resisting, and for helping friends and family cope with this real life issue.
Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 24. It is important to understand the forces that can lead to suicide and to know how to help someone at risk. Suicide is a careful discussion of the factors that can lead to suicidal thoughts and attempts. The book examines how to cope with stresses that can lead to suicide such as family violence, painful breakups, bullying, or depression. Readers are given coping strategies and advice on how to reach out and seek help. A question and answer section answers direct and tough questions on suicide.
Finding yourself pregnant as a teenager is a scary thing. There are so many issues involved. Teen Pregnancy examines the fact that about one third of girls in the United States will get pregnant before the age of twenty. Yet it is still difficult for teens to talk about sex. Teens share their own personal experiences to provide further insight on this issue. A further resources page gives readers assistance in finding other books, Web sites, and organizations that provide additional information on teen pregnancy.
Medical and pharmaceutical research is big business. This fascinating book reveals the competition in the corporate and academic worlds to be the first to find a new procedure or product that could change the world. Features include Dark Science Secrets, which reveal stories of unethical and deadly medical experiments from the past.
This accessible and informative book examines the highly-charged issues of child maltreatment, including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse and neglect. Sensitively written by a child psychologist, Child Abuse discusses disclosure and feeling safe, and explains how abuse and neglect affects children and adults.
This timely book describes the details of three real case studies of investigative journalism about health care. Stories include journalists exposing wrongdoing by drug companies, neglect of dying patients in by hospice home-care providers, and lead-poisoning from drinking water in Flint, Michigan. Readers will gain an understanding of the research process, the ethical standards journalists must follow, and the perseverance required to confirm a story and affect change.