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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
The enormous ankylosaurus looked intimidating. But this dinosaur ate only plants! Tough armor protected the ankylosaurus from bites. When attacked, it swung its club tail to knock out foes! This engaging book introduces the world of the ankylosaurus, including how it survived, what it ate, and how it went extinct. Special features include maps, a pronunciation guide, a diet graphic, and a two-page profile of this mighty dinosaur!
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!
The velociraptor was a fierce predator. Though it stood less than 2 feet tall, it was capable of taking down much larger prey. But how did it hunt? What did it eat? This fascinating text introduces readers to the world of the velociraptor, focusing on what the dinosaur ate, how it protected itself, and how it went extinct. Special features, such as maps, a pronunciation guide, a diet graphic, and a two-page profile, give readers even more information about the small but mighty velociraptor!
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?
An ordinary day turns disastrous as a regular training flight disappears. But what could have caused the crew to be so confused? This graphic narrative explores the most famous disappearance in the Bermuda Triangle, drawing from actual naval correspondence to tell the story. Detailed illustrations, a timeline of events, and possible explanations will grip readers and leave them wondering: what really happened to Flight 19?
Strange sightings around the quiet town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia set off a town-wide hunt for the flying “Mothman” with glowing red eyes. What was this creature, and what did its appearances mean? Detailed illustrations tell the story of the Mothman sightings in this high-interest graphic narrative based on real-life accounts. A timeline and possible explanations let readers think critically and look beyond the stories to decide what they believe about this mysterious beast.
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!
Get ready for a wild ride! From boats and planes to sports cars, vehicles have been used in movies since the dawn of film. Through gripping text and vibrant photos, this title explores some of the most famous on-screen vehicles in movie history. Special features introduce readers to movie pioneers, unique vehicles, and more. Whether you want to hit top speed in one of James Bond’s cruisers or learn how Herbie the Love Bug was chosen, this engaging book will take you along for the ride!
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!
Snowflakes float gently through the air. Aged cheeses add the perfect flavor to an afternoon snack. Gas stoves boil water for pasta. Each of these everyday objects contains crystals! They are in nature, in food, and in many of the appliances and electronics we use every day. This title explores the ins and outs of crystals, from how they are structured and how they form to how we use them. Special features such as a crystal profile, an activity, and several formation diagrams help readers understand the complex world of crystals!
Time for a fossil hunt! Digging through a layer of sedimentary rock, scientists uncover many relics of prehistoric Earth. Tiny trilobites prove that a vast desert was once an ocean. Huge dinosaur fossils show where dinosaurs once roamed! With this title, readers will learn about the types of fossils, how they form, and why scientists study them today. This title includes engaging special features such as a fossil profile, a fossil comparison chart, formation diagrams, and more, all designed to introduce readers to the fascinating world of fossils.
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.
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.