A historical account of the Human Genome Project, including the events that made genome sequencing possible, the people involved, the competition between public and private sectors, and the ways in which its effects are felt today.
There are certain moments in history that are so significant that they become Turning Points, moments that put a bookmark in time and cause the events that follow to be measured by a different standard. From natural disasters caused by extreme climate changes to the rise of social media, from the War in Iraq to the current global refugee crisis, such times are often fraught with conflict and tension. This series puts each event in its historical context and follows the trajectory of its immediate aftermath and continuing global effects today. A timeline adds further historical context, while “Pointing Out” sidebars present related topics and perspectives.
An historical account of the social media boom, including the technological advancements that enabled widespread Internet use, the people involved, how companies such as Facebook and Twitter capitalized on it, and the lingering aftermath.
Rusty boats litter the ground. The smell of dead fish fills the air. Who would believe the Salton Riviera was once a popular vacation spot? Once host to thousands of beachgoers, the area now sits empty. This high-interest book will outline just what caused the community’s decline. Special features such as maps, timelines, and fun facts add even more to this interesting title.
Six Flags New Orleans was once a thriving theme park. But today, rusted rides rise over the swampy, alligator-infested ponds. The park is abandoned. This title explores the park from the day it opened to its fall after Hurricane Katrina. An attention-grabbing opening narrative gives way to haunting photos as well as a map, a timeline, and fascinating fun facts.
More than 100 years ago, a storm uncovered a fascinating discovery. The ruins of an ancient civilization had been hidden for thousands of years! This high-interest title explores the lives of the people who lived there, from how they lived to why they may have left. A narrative opening sets the tone, and features such as a map, a timeline, and fun facts add even more information.
The peninsula nation of South Korea is stamped by urban centers and technological advances. Towering buildings stretch into the sky while high-speed trains whiz South Koreans and travelers wherever they need to go. Open the cover of this informative read to discover engaging text and vivid photos alongside labeled maps, a language feature, a recipe, a historical timeline, and more!
Iran is a Middle Eastern nation whose history spans more than 5,000 years! Many of its people share deep roots in the Islam faith, but the day-to-day lives of people from different ethic groups alllow varying customs to shine! This title puts readers inside the homes of this nation, introducing them to popular foods and celebrations. Readers will explore special features that cover a traditional activity, a recipe, a famous face, a language, a timeline, and more!
Only a century ago, Kolmanskop was a diamond boomtown. The town produced more than a million carats a year! But what happened to Kolmanskop after the diamond boom fizzled? This high-interest title explores the rise of Kolmanskop and its slow decline back into empty desert. Special features such as a map, a timeline, and unique fun facts add to this fascinating title.
The coastal North African country of Morocco has a rich history influenced by the many people groups who have lived within its borders. Its two largest cities, Casablanca and Fez, are filled with mazes of artful alleyways and bazaars with local specialties. With vivid imagery and fun facts filling its pages, this title also includes special features such as a landmarks sidebar, a weather sidebar, a profile, a recipe, a wildlife spotlight, and more!
Spanning the western shores of Scandinavia is the country of Norway. This largely mountainous nation has been settled for nearly 6,000 years, and its many traditions display the wealth of its people! Within the pages of this title, readers will explore fun facts, striking photos, and more. Features such as a map, a recipe, and a special landmarks sidebar provide readers with new perspectives and ways to discover this nation in the north!
El Salvador may be the smallest country in Central America, but it is filled with rich life and beauty! The hidden pyramid of Tazumel attracts many adventurers, while the sounds of cumbia music delight locals in the streets. Readers will dive into this and more as each chapter highlights different elements of El Salvador. Special features such as maps, fun facts, a recipe, an activity, and a timeline provide a deeper look into this nation in the tropics!
Haiti is a tropical paradise on the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean Sea. Despite its chilling history and frequent natural disasters, its people are filled with gratitude for life! They regularly use the phrase pa gen pwoblem, or “no have problem!” Between the covers of this title, readers will find text filled with fascinating facts, as well as features including special landmarks, a famous face, a wildlife spotlight, and more!
Time for a trip back in time! This informative title takes readers on a journey centuries in the past, when the ancient Aztecs thrived. Readers will be hooked by the narrative opening. Then they will dive deep into the past, exploring the daily lives and innovations of the Aztecs. A cause and effect feature, a time and place matrix, profiles, and a timeline offer additional knowledge. Readers will soon understand what the ancient Aztecs contributed to our modern world!
The modern world still benefits from the inventions of ancient China! Modern paper, compasses, and kites are just a few things this society created. In this book, readers will explore what life was like in ancient China, including how people lived, worked, and ruled. Profiles introduce readers to ancient Chinese gods and leaders, and other special features explore cause and effect, compare two different times and places, and offer a timeline of important events!
The ancient Egyptian civilization lasted almost 3,000 years! Today, people around the world still benefit from the innovations of the Egyptians, from ancient papyrus scrolls to early irrigation systems. This fact-filled title gives readers an up-close glimpse of life in ancient Egypt, including how people lived, worked, and ruled. Special features include profiles of gods and leaders, a cause and effect graphic, a time and place matrix, a timeline, and a thought-provoking question.
Ancient Greece was the birthplace of democracy! This and many other ancient Greek creations are still important to our world today. Starting with an engaging opening narrative, this fact-filled title explores the daily lives and innovations of ancient Greeks. Using special features such as profiles of gods and leaders, a cause and effect graphic, a time and place matrix, and a timeline, readers of this book will walk away with a good idea of what life was like in ancient Greece!
Sanskrit is one of the oldest languages in the world. It was first spoken centuries ago by the people of ancient India! In this fascinating title, readers are introduced to the ancient Indian civilization, including how it rose and why it fell. Engaging text combines with beautiful visuals to offer insight into the daily lives, beliefs, and rule of ancient Indians. Special features include profiles of gods and leaders, a cause and effect graphic, a time and place matrix, and more!
The Mayans are remembered today for their beautiful pyramid temples. But this ancient civilization had many other innovations! This fact-filled title explores the underground reservoirs, rubber creations, and astronomy studies of ancient Maya. Engaging text and vivid images combine with special features such as profiles of gods and leaders, a cause and effect graphic, a time and place matrix, and a timeline to take readers on a journey to the past!
Mesopotamia is known as the cradle of civilization! This ancient society rose between two major rivers thousands of years ago. With its rise came new languages, laws, gods, and agricultural practices. This title explores all of the above, with special interest paid to the daily lives of ancient Mesopotamian people. This informative title is filled with engaging features such as profiles of gods and leaders, a cause and effect graphic, a time and place matrix, and more!
Ancient Rome still influences our world! The civilization’s architecture, language, and government were preserved by the societies that followed, all the way up to the modern day! This title introduces readers life for the people of ancient Rome, focusing on their beliefs, work, government, and more. This title’s informative text and bright images take readers on a trip to the past, while special features such as profiles, a cause and effect graphic, and a time and place matrix support the journey!
Boasting cultural riches, Belgium is where readers dreaming of travel can experience castle-filled towns, visual and musical arts, and buzzing urban hubs. Each bright page of this title provides engaging text and photos, while labeled maps, a traditional recipe, a language feature, a timeline, and more give readers a chance to experience the nation from afar!
Stretching long and thin along South America’s southwestern coast is the diverse nation of Chile. Its landscape features the jagged Andes, the dry Atacama Desert, varied forests, and chilling glaciers. The people and cultures provide as much contrast as the land! Readers will explore Chile’s uniqueness through engaging text, labeled maps, a language feature, a traditional recipe, a historical timeline, and much more!
The events surrounding the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 did not look the same to everyone involved. Step back in time and into the shoes of a fireman fighting the fires, a girl whose home is destroyed, and a resident of Chinatown as readers act out the scenes that took place in the midst of this historic event. Written with simplified, considerate text to help struggling readers, books in this series are made to build confidence as readers engage and read aloud. This book includes a table of contents, glossary, index, author biography, sidebars, and timelines.
The events surrounding the Montgomery Bus Boycott did not look the same to everyone involved. Step back in time and into the shoes of a civil rights activist, a church leader, and an opponent of the boycott as readers act out the scenes that took place in the midst of this historic event. Written with simplified, considerate text to help struggling readers, books in this series are made to build confidence as readers engage and read aloud. This book includes a table of contents, glossary, index, author biography, sidebars, and timelines.