Trying to juggle his job at "Taste of Italy" along with writing papers for school and his graduation requirement to volunteer at the Golden Oaks Retirement Home, class clown Derrick uses humor to get the jobs done.
What are UFOs? Are they real? What do they look like? Have aliens visited Earth? Explore these questions and read "The Valley of the Zombies," a thrilling story about aliens invading Earth.
This book contains a fictional story and factual information about labor problems, child welfare issues, women's suffrage, and rural and urban life in 1893. Reading Essentials in Social Studies.
Provides factual information about the natural history of the California condor through the fictional story of a young boy's discovery of a young bird in trouble.
From Death Valley to jungle temples where humans were sacrificed, from a giant lake under the ice to a pirate treasure that no one can reach, there are some weird places in the world. The read The Lost Tribe, a story about what might have happened to a race of tiny humans.
People have been decorating their bodies for thousands of years. Get the facts about tattoos, body piercing, and more. Then read "Death by Arsenic," a story about what happens when you start believing the ads.
Millions of years ago, a giant meteorite killed all of the dinosaurs. Find out how! Will humans all be killed the same way? Find out what we can do. Is there life on the planet Mars? Scientists think maybe the answer is yes. Find out why. Then read a scary story about what might happen, Doom From Space.
Some scientists say there could be 200 million different types of living things in the world. Actually, nobody really knows. But there is a problem. Many of these different types of things are becoming extinct. Find out why. Find out which animals are in danger and what we can do to save them. Then read Where The Forest Ended. It's a story that shows that sometimes answers aren't easy.
Dirt bike racing, bungee jumping, paragliding, skateboarding. Cheese rolling, extreme ironing and going over Niagra Falls in a barrel (yes, really!). There's all kinds of crazy and not-so-crazy extreme sports.Here's your chance to get the facts.It's OK doing extreme sports when you want to, but what about when you HAVE TO -- to survive Read "The Climb" and find out.Finally use the Word Check to make sure you know your kitesurfing from your skysurfing.
Could you eat 17 pounds of cow brains? Could you pull a truck with just a rope? Could you eat an airplane? Or walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope? Maybe not. But inside this book you'll read about people who did all of these things. Then read the story Feat Of Endurance and discover how some people will do anything just to be famous.
Is fear always a bad thing? Learn about phobias, scary creatures, and more before reading "Just My Imagination?," poems about dreams that are real and horror you cannot describe.
What is a disaster? What causes disasters? Find out all about it. Check out disasters such as wars, terrorism, tornadoes and hurricanes. Then find out about megadisasters that might happen in the future. Will the Earth survive? Read The Eruption, a story about living and dying in the path of a volcano. What should you do when a volcano erupts? You might be surprised!
Great Journeys looks at some of the greatest journeys ever made - starting with human beings' first great journey 150,000 years ago: leaving Africa. Find out who first discovered America, who reached the South Pole first (and who came second!). Then find out about the great journey to reach the Moon. The fiction story 'The Big Sleep' tells of a man who spends a hundred years asleep in space, on the greatest journey ever.
What goes on inside the Earth? What is the longest tunnel in the world? Do people really live in caves? Can you live, work, and shop - all underground? Could you really travel to the center of the Earth? Find out about fossils - and the bones of dragons! It's all in here. Then read The Railway Ghost, a story about what happens when the past meets the present - and you are facing death!
Introduces plants with unique or unusual features, such as those that eat meat and those that produce poisons, and includes a fictional story featuring carnivorous plants.
Is our planet Earth the only place in the universe where there is life? Or could there be life on other planets? If so, where will we find it? On other planets? Mars? What do you need for life? How did life start? Did life on Earth start in space? Find out how weird life on Earth can be.Then read a great story about searching for life on alien planets: The Search for Life. Sometimes things just aren't as simple as they seem!
Learn about animals we have lost to extinction as well as modern animals at risk before reading "The Last Mammoth."
What is a mummy? Where do they come from? Is there really a mummy's curse? Students get the facts, then read "The Walking Horror," a scary story about the mummy that came back to life.
What is science fiction? Who invented it? What kinds of science fiction stories are there? Are aliens science fiction, or are they real? Then find out about some amazing science fiction inventions, such as robots and matter transmitters. Is time travel possible, or is that just science fiction?Then read The City: a science fiction story set in the future. It's a world of half-people, half robots, where the Control Zone is in charge of everything.
Fact to Fiction Get the facts: The sea is a dangerous place. There are sharks, of course, but the real dangers are much smaller. Like a killer octopus the size of a golf ball. And it's not just animals: There are pirates and giant waves that can break boats in two. Fiction: Then read Shark Attack!-a great diving story about what to do when a shark is after you and it can really smell your blood.
Find out which type of shark you most do not want to meet in the water and where to poke a shark if you're attacked. In Swimming with Sharks, readers learn not to bleed when there are sharks around.
How fast can we go on land? On water? In the air? In space? Are there impossible speed barriers? In "All About Speed," a rally driving lesson suddenly becomes very exciting.
Which octopus has floppy ears? How do you spot a see-through squid? Which creature stands without moving for sixty days - outside - and in winter? Are you hungry? How about 3000 ants for breakfast? And again for lunch. Welcome to the world of weird creatures. Then read a scary story about a creature that refuses to die - Is It Alive?
Extreme Science describes the very limits of science. It answers many big questions, such as How did the universe begin? How will it end? Will we ever visit the stars? Could we bring dinosaurs back to life? Can we travel back in time? Could we live forever? All great questions, often with some surprising answers! The fiction story The Man in the Machine tells a great story of universes living inside computers. It really gives you something to think about if you like computer games!