BMW’s successful racing past shows in the popular M4. Even though it is meant for everyday use, it can hit speeds up to 190 miles (306 kilometers) per hour! Learn about the history of this flashy sports car and all the technology packed inside, with special features calling out top stats and showing how to spot the car. Reluctant readers will race through this high-interest title!
The Earth is constantly bombarded with space matter. Most burns up before it reaches the surface. But what if a giant asteroid was headed our way? In this high-interest title, the end of the world becomes a reality as a massive asteroid strikes Earth! Readers can put themselves in the line of impact with a narrative opening and discover if any asteroids are on course to collide with Earth anytime soon. Features follow the chain reaction of an asteroid impact and examine past asteroid impacts. Would we be able to save ourselves?
Viruses and bacteria are everywhere! They can mutate and move easily from one person to the next. Vaccines and other forms of prevention help fight these vicious pests, but pandemics have hit the world and taken out millions! In this high-interest title, a world-ending global pandemic is explored, from how it could start to how we might fight the spread. Features follow the chain reaction of the societal breakdown and jump back in time to the bubonic plagues. Are we due for another pandemic? Find out how to fight when the next one comes!
In the early 1960s, Betty and Barney Hill had a wild story to tell: they believed they were abducted by aliens! This graphic narrative tells their story, from the night of the abduction to their later struggles to understand what happened. Alternate explanations explore other perspectives, while a timeline clarifies the sequence of events. Could the Hills have encountered beings from beyond this planet?
Increasing temperatures, rising sea levels, raging wildfires, and sweeping hurricanes: climate change is happening, but what if we don’t make changes to stop it? Readers will find out when climate change began, how it has progressed, and what we can do to fight it in this high-interest title. An opening narrative throws readers into what may happen as the climate continues to change for the worse in this title, while interesting facts provide additional information to the main text. Can life adapt to our climate-changed world, or will it be the end?
The Sun is a major component in the existence of life on Earth. Could it also bring about the end? Energy often shoots coronal mass ejections into space. A massive CME on course for Earth could cause a solar storm with devastating results! This high-interest title explores how the world could end from a solar storm, from electrical shutdowns to disastrous food shortages. Fun facts add fascinating bonus information while the look back feature provides a glimpse into a past solar storm. Find out the science behind solar storms and what we can do to save ourselves in this world-ending title!
China’s famous terra-cotta army has at least 8,000 soldiers! More than 2,000 years ago, this army was created to protect the tomb of the ancient Chinese emperor Qin Shihuang. Today, the army has immense value to archaeologists and historians around the world! This high-interest text uses maps, graphs, profiles of recent discoveries, and other features to introduce readers to the army’s thrilling history.
A few vents open, then suddenly, a blast shoots from the Earth! Lava races from the vents and ash covers the sky. There is no way to stop a supervolcano! In this high-interest title, find out what the world may look like if a supervolcano erupts. Young readers can discover the likelihood of it happening in the future and learn about the most active volcanic spots around the world. A historical sidebar takes a look back at a past eruption, and a visual feature follows the possible chain of events in this explosive title about supervolcano eruptions!
Driven by superheroes in Iron Man 3 and The Wolverine, the Audi R8 is an enviable car. This title digs into the features that transform this awesome vehicle into a supercar, with special features calling out the hottest stats, from top speeds to horsepower. Jump into the driver’s seat and take this high-interest title for a test drive!
Robots and artificial intelligence are all around us! We use them for everything from cleaning our homes to contacting our families. The technology continues to advance, but will it surpass the intelligence of humans? If it does, will AI be our friend or foe? In this high-interest title, discover the potential of a robot uprising to bring about the end of the world. Readers will take a look at the history of AI and machine learning as well as the possibility for singularity. Sidebars examine potential chain reactions and historical instances of out of control AI. If the day comes, can robots and humans work together? Hopefully we will never find out!
Nissan has engineered a lot of vehicles, from the Frontier truck to the electric Leaf, but perhaps its crowning achievement is the sleek GT-R. Reluctant readers can follow Nissan’s history and learn about all the features that make this supercar stand out. With sidebars outlining specifications and showing off identifying qualities, this high-interest title is an exciting ride!
Tested to the extreme, even in temperatures down to -40 Fahrenheit (-40 Celsius), the Jaguar F-Type has been engineered to perfection. Striving readers can dig into this hot car, exploring its history and coolest features, with sidebars calling out need-to-know information such as top speed and identifying characteristics. Take this supercar for a spin with this high-interest title!
The huge diplodocus had a long neck, a long tail, and a 2,000-pound heart! As it grazed the land for low-lying plants, the dinosaur whipped its tail at dangerous enemies. In this high-interest title, readers will learn about the life of the diplodocus, from how it survived and what it ate to how it went extinct. Special features such as maps, a pronunciation guide, a diet graphic, and a two-page profile support key points in this engaging text about the enormous diplodocus!
The stegosaurus is known for the row of tall plates that stick out of its back. But this dinosaur had many other fascinating traits! Using a pointed beak and long tail spikes, the stegosaurus found food and warded off predators as it made its way through the world of dinosaurs. This fascinating text takes readers on a journey through that world, focusing on the life, diet, and extinction of the mighty stegosaurus. Special features include maps, a pronunciation guide, a diet graphic, and a two-page profile to show off the stegosaurus’s best features!
In the middle of a quiet forest, a triceratops holds it ground against a ferocious T. rex. Who will come out on top? As the T. rex draws closer, the triceratops flashes its wide frill and three sharp horns. Victory! The triceratops had many predators. It used its tough body to scare off enemies. This fascinating text dives deep into the world of the triceratops, exploring how it survived, what it ate, and how it went extinct. Special features, including maps, a pronunciation guide, a diet graphic, and a two-page profile, will give readers even more information about the powerful triceratops!
A low roar rumbles through the forest. A Tyrannosaurus rex is on the move! What unlucky dinosaur will be its next meal? The ferocious T. rex is famous for its long, sharp teeth. But what other traits does it have? This thrilling title uses engaging text and vibrant illustrations to explore the life of the T. rex, from how it hunted and what it ate to how it went extinct and who found the first T. rex fossils. Special features include maps, a pronunciation guide, a diet graphic, and a two-page profile to support the key points of this high-interest text on the fierce T. rex!
A flaming ship appears on the horizon. It sails closer and closer to land, when suddenly, it vanishes! With engaging research, maps, and easy-to-read infographics, this high-interest title explores the spooky history of phantom ships. A special profile tells of a famous example, while diagrams explain the science behind the technology used to investigate these occurrences. Readers will be left wondering, are these ships just a trick of the light? Or do ghosts truly haunt the seas?
Sedimentary rocks are the only type of rocks that contain fossils! But that’s not the only reason sedimentary rocks are important. Scientists study the rocks to learn about Earth’s history, while other people collect the rocks for use in construction, farming, and even art. This title introduces readers to these useful rocks, including information about how to identify them, how they form, and how people use them. Special features, including a profile, an activity, and formation diagrams, help highlight the key features of sedimentary rocks in this title for curious readers.
Plato first told the tale of Atlantis centuries ago, but the legend of the lost city persists. With daring deep-sea dives, exciting archeological digs, and high-tech mapping projects, researchers are determined to find out what happened to the shining city that once stood. Discover how people are searching for Atlantis, and explore the gear they use and the science behind how it works in special sidebars. This high-interest title gives young Atlantologists the evidence they need to uncover the truth about the lost city for themselves.
For most of us, igneous rocks are no more than a stone’s throw away. These underrated rocks make up more than half of Earth’s crust! Not only that, but they have many uses in building, medicine, and other industries. This title dives deep into the properties, types, formation, and uses of igneous rocks. Special features designed to visually engage readers such as a profile, an activity, formation diagrams, and a rock cycle chart, complete this fact-filled read.
Metamorphic rocks form deep below Earth’s surface. Over thousands of years, they make their way to the surface. Then they are collected for use as building materials, sharpened tools, and even fertilizer! Interesting text and vivid photos engage readers in this fascinating book about metamorphic rocks. Additional special features, such as a rock profile, formation diagrams, and a rock cycle chart, will help underscore the key features of these useful rocks for confident students who are reading to learn.
Special effects have come a long way over the past century! Computer-generated visual effects are now par for the course, bringing spectacular worlds to screens big and small. This title explores the history of visual effects, starting with the very first uses of CGI in the 1970s to the present day, where just about anything is possible! This title includes engaging text and vibrant photos that are sure to grip young readers. Additional special features highlight early visual effects, introduce pioneers in the field, and show off some of the best uses in modern movies!
Dozens of ships and planes have vanished without a trace in the Bermuda Triangle. Are giant rogue waves the culprit? Or could it be something more otherworldly? This title explores the theories, tools, and technology used to investigate the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle. Diagrams and other features look at the science behind some of the techniques and profile a famous investigation. Young readers can examine the evidence and draw their own conclusions about the secrets of the Bermuda Triangle.
Have you ever had a dream that seemed to come true? Or known a person’s thoughts before they said a word? You just might have extrasensory perception, or ESP! This book explores parapsychology, clairvoyance, and many experiments that set out to prove or disprove psychic powers. A narrative opening pulls the reader into the text, while helpful sidebars examine a famous experiment and the different types of ESP. Young readers can decide for themselves: is ESP fact or fraud?
Many are familiar with Andy Serkis’s groundbreaking motion capture role as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings film series. But motion capture has come a long way since it first began! This title introduces the technology behind motion capture, using many of today’s most popular movies as examples. Special features highlight famous uses of motion capture, and pioneer profiles introduce some of the most influential mocap filmmakers in history. This high-interest title is sure to capture the attention of readers!