On July 26, 2003, mountain-climber Rod Liberal was nearing the summit of Grand Teton Mountain in Wyoming. As Rod clung to the side of a granite cliff, he saw dark clouds rolling toward him. Suddenly, there was a burst of light as a bolt of lightning struck his chest and blew him off the mountain. Attached to the cliff by a rope, he swung in the air thousands of feet above the ground. Would Rod be able to hold on until rescue rangers arrived to save him? Eyewitness accounts and incredible photos bring to life the experiences of ordinary people who faced catastrophic danger---and lived to tell their stories. Kids will discover the causes and characteristics of lightning strikes, and learn about scientific advances in weather forecasting and safety precautions. Safety tips show young readers what to do in case they're caught in a thunderstorm.
In Today's Navy Heroes, kids will meet real-life servicemen and women who have displayed incredible courage when facing almost certain death as they served their country in Iraq and Afghanistan. Readers will meet heroes like Navy corpsman Juan Rubio, who risked his life in Iraq so he could save the lives of other soldiers. Rubio performed first aid on injured soldiers right in the middle of an intense gun battle, and helped carry the wounded to safety--all while he was seriously injured with a shrapnel wound in his leg. This is just one of many acts of courage recounted in this riveting look at our nation's military heroes. Written in a narrative format, Today's Navy Heroes will keep kids turning the pages as they read about individual soldiers who've shown uncommon courage in the face of terrible danger while serving their country. Large action photos, fact boxes, and maps enrich these true stories of bravery and valor.
According to zombie lore, if a zombie bites a person, he or she will become a hungry flesh-eater, too. But how might a zombie virus actually get started—and spread? This book lifts the lid on a whole range of horrifying theories on how “zombie-fication” might happen. This fascinating new title invites zombie fans to investigate the many spine-chilling zombie origin stories. Packed with gruesome details, the book takes readers on a stomach-churning journey through zombie lore and science. Love zombies? Then lock the doors, hunker down, and discover the many weird ways of Becoming a Zombie!
It was the night of April 14, 1912. Jessie Sayre, a young orphan, tossed and turned in a feverish sleep. Meanwhile, hundreds of miles away, the Titanic cruised in the dark waters of the Atlantic Ocean toward an unseen iceberg. Yet somehow Jessie sensed the Titanic’s doom. “I am so afraid. Can’t you see that big ship sinking in the water?” she called out in the night. “Look at all those people who are drowning!” Then Jessie fell into a coma and died at 11:40 P.M.— the same time an iceberg pierced the Titanic’s hull. A Haunted Titanic uncovers the chilling stories, uncanny revelations, and ghostly premonitions surrounding the doomed ship. The tales, like the ship herself, are cloaked in icy darkness and mystery—and will undoubtedly captivate readers. Large-format color images, maps, and fact boxes enrich the creepy content. A Haunted Titanic is part of Bearport’s Titanica series.
On May 31, 1911, thousands of excited people crammed into a shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland. They were there to watch the empty hull of RMS Titanic enter the water for the very first time. Proud workers hugged their children as they pointed at the massive ship they had helped build. In just 62 seconds, the giant ocean liner was floating for the very first time. It was the largest human-made object the world had ever seen! Creating the Ship of Dreams tells the compelling story of how the largest and most luxurious ship in the world was built and the workers who risked their lives in the process. The fascinating content and large-format color images, maps, and fact boxes bring the Titanic’s tragic story to life. Creating the Ship of Dreams is part of Bearport’s Titanica series.
After the Titanic sank in 1912, many schemes were proposed to lift the great ship from its watery grave. But there were problems—no one knew exactly where the Titanic had sunk, and, even if they had, the technology to reach the ship, which lay on the ocean floor almost two miles down, didn’t exist. By the 1970s, however, new technologies allowed explorers like Dr. Richard Ballard to search the deep ocean. Finally, in 1985, Dr. Ballard found something . . .Discovering Titanic’s Remains is the thrilling story of how the most famous shipwreck of all time was found. It’s a tale of unbelievable persistence and the amazing technology that revealed the once-grand ship disintegrating on the deep ocean floor. The fascinating content and large-format color images, maps, and fact boxes bring the Titanic’s amazing re-discovery to life. Discovering Titanic’s Remains is part of Bearport’s Titanica series.
“Iceberg right ahead!” yelled Frederick Fleet, a crewmember aboard the Titanic. The ship had only seconds to spare. Titanic’s officers steered the ship to the left as quickly as they could to avoid a head-on collision. But they weren’t fast enough. The right side of the ship struck the side of the ice mountain floating in the north Atlantic. The fate of the Titanic—and its 1,317 passengers and 885 crewmembers—had been sealed. Titanic’s Fatal Voyage tells the devastating story of how the gigantic and supposedly unsinkable ship was swallowed by the sea on its maiden voyage. Readers will learn about the ocean liner’s journey in vivid detail, as well as incredible tales of courage and survival. The fascinating content and large-format color images, maps, and fact boxes bring the Titanic’s tragic story to life. Titanic’s Fatal Voyage is part of Bearport’s Titanica series.
From the moment the iceberg was spotted, at 11:40 P.M. on April 14, 1912, the Titanic’s fate was sealed. Its 2,200 passengers and crew, in the course of two momentous hours, would meet their destiny in the icy, black waters of the North Atlantic. As the moments passed and the reality of what was happening began to sink in, the crew would make heroic efforts to save as many passengers as possible. In the end, however, the great ship would exact a harrowing toll from all on board. Titanic’s Last Hours: The Facts is a riveting account of the last two hours the supposedly unsinkable ship was afloat. Beginning at 11:40 P.M., the book relives the events set in motion after the brush with the iceberg and culminates with the sinking of the ship at 2:20 A.M. The fascinating moment-by-moment action along with large-format color images, maps, and fact boxes bring the nail-biting tension that passengers and crew must have faced in those final hours fully to life. Titanic’s Last Hours: The Facts is part of Bearport’s Titanica series.
It was 2:00 A.M. on April 15, 1912, in the middle of the icy Atlantic Ocean. Eventeen year- old Jack Thayer stood on the slanted deck of the RMS Titanic and weighed his options—Jump, or die, he thought. The huge ship had just struck an iceberg and was taking on water. Making matters worse, all the lifeboats were full. Jack closed his eyes for a moment. Suddenly, a noise like a train crash startled him. This was it—the Titanic was going down! Titanic’s Passengers and Crew is a compilation of compelling stories about the people aboard the luxurious—and supposedly unsinkable—ship. From wealthy first-class passengers like Jack Thayer to third-class travelers and crew, readers will meet and learn the harrowing tales of some of the most noteworthy people on the ship. Large-format color images, maps, and fact boxes bring the fear and panic the passengers and crew faced into clear, terrifying focus. Titanic’s Passengers and Crew is part of Bearport’s Titanica series.
On the surface, New York City is a shining metropolis. Taxis and buses whiz along busy streets. Crowds of people fill the sidewalks, and huge buildings jut into the sky. However, among the dense crowds and shimmering skyscrapers are restless spirits lurking in the shadows of Gotham. In the 11 haunted places in this book, you will explore a brownstone doomed by death, an apartment building that’s home to the rich, famous, and dearly departed, a historic mansion haunted by a cunning murderess, and a cemetery where terrible secrets are buried deep underground, along with many other spooky sites.
The glowing moon peeks from behind a massive stone house. The front door slowly creaks open. A feeling of gloom swells from inside the home. There’s an ear-splitting shriek! What horror has overtaken this ghastly gothic mansion? In the 11 gothic mansions in this book, you will explore a mansion lit up by phantom fires, the stately site of a brutal double murder, a cliff-side castle where the ghost of a girl lingers, a house filled with human remains, and many other spooky sites.
It’s closing time at a museum. Most of the visitors have already left the building as the lights flicker. A stuffed grizzly bear towers in the corner of the room near the exit sign. Everything about the dead animals looks real—from its razor-sharp claws to its piercing eyes. Is it watching you? That’s when you notice a thin, bloody stream of saliva dripping from its open mouth. The lights flicker again and shut off, blanketing the room in darkness. Suddenly, there’s a deafening ROAR! In the 11 spooky museums in this book, you will explore a shrine to black magic, a collection of preserved brains, a museum haunted by a famous dead artist, and a gallery that holds the severed head of a killer, along with many other peculiar places. Spooky Museums is part of Bearport’s Scary Places series.
Cauldrons, broomsticks, spells, and black cats are some of the things that witches bring to mind. Yet, tales about witches are more than just spooky legends. Throughout history, people who looked or acted strangely have been accused of being witches and conjuring evil. The consequence of being found guilty of practicing witchcraft was often a terrible death! Among the 11 creepy witches’ haunts in this book, children will discover a castle haunted by a woman suspected of being a witch, a cave lived in by a odd-looking woman who could predict the future, and a tower where people gather on Halloween to summon the devil. The spooky photographs and chilling nonfiction text will keep children turning the pages to discover even more spellbinding stories.
In the 1950s, a 4,000-year-old giant wooden ship was discovered buried in the Egyptian desert. In this book, readers will explore one of the most fascinating archaeological discoveries of the past century. They will also learn how ships and the Nile River were closely connected to the ancient Egyptians’ belief in death and the afterlife.
Standing more than 40 stories high, the Great Pyramid of Giza has towered over the hot, dry Egyptian desert for more than 2,500 years. In this book, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World is explored. How was this massive structure created in a time before cranes and other heavy machinery? How did the thousands of pyramid builders live and work? And how are modern-day robots being used to explore tiny passages and mysterious shafts deep within this giant tomb?
As archaeologist Howard Carter cut his way into an underground chamber on November 26, 1922, he was overcome with excitement. When Carter finally peered through the tiny hole he had made, he could not believe his eyes. What incredible treasures would he find inside King Tutankhamen’s tomb? And how had the tomb remained undiscovered for more than 3,000 years?
Overlooking the River Nile and guarding the Giza pyramids is one of the world’s oldest and largest statues—the Sphinx. Carved from the bedrock beneath the desert, the half-lion, half-human creature has watched over the desert for thousands of years. But who built the giant statue, and why? After centuries of exploration and investigation, which of the Sphinx’s secrets have been uncovered and which still remain a riddle?
Filled with fear and excitement, three men hurriedly dug their way through a dark passage. They were in search of treasure inside a dead king’s tomb deep beneath the desert sands. If successful, they would be rewarded with gold, jewels, precious oils, and other treasures. If discovered, their punishment would be a terrible death! Why did some ancient Egyptians risk their lives to steal from the dead? And what tricks did tomb and pyramid builders use to hide burial chambers from grave robbers?
In 1996, archaeologists made an incredible discovery—a huge, ancient burial place in the Western Desert of Egypt. As the team worked at the site, they discovered mummies encased in gold, jewels, coins, and jars that once held wine. What have archaeologists learned about life in ancient Egypt by studying the mummies? What secrets have the artifacts buried in the tombs revealed? And could it be possible that more than 10,000 ancient Egyptian mummies are buried in the valley?
In 1963, Les Skramstad came home after a hard day’s work at the local mill and mine in Libby, Montana. His wife kissed him at the door and his kids playfully grabbed his legs. They didn’t mind that he was covered in powdery brown dust. Little did Les and his family know that the dust was deadly. Deadly Mine: Libby, Montana traces the tragic story of a small mining town that eventually became poisoned by a deadly mineral called asbestos. Fascinating photos of the actual events, maps, and fact boxes enrich the compelling text. The personal and heart-breaking story will grip and inspire young readers.
In December 1952, a thick layer of black smog blanketed London. The filthy air blinded people on the streets and brought traffic to a screeching halt. Worst of all, the pollution was deadly. It sickened 100,000 people and took the lives of 4,000. Killer Smog: London, England traces the devastating story of air pollution that took thousands of lives and brought London to a standstill. Fascinating photos of the actual events, maps, and fact boxes enrich the compelling text. The personal and heart-breaking story will grip and inspire young readers.
On April 26, 1986, while workers were conducting a test at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, disaster struck. One of the reactors exploded, erupting into a blazing inferno. The reactor’s sealing cap was blown off and a lethal shower of radioactive material was launched into the night sky. Nuclear Accident: Chernobyl Power Plant, Ukraine traces the catastrophic nuclear disaster that contaminated a massive area of Europe with deadly radiation. Fascinating photos of the actual events, maps, and fact boxes enrich the compelling text. The personal and heart-breaking story will grip and inspire young readers.
On April 20, 2010, workers were drilling for oil on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico when a fire caused a huge explosion. Eleven workers tragically lost their lives. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the only disaster. The explosion caused a huge oil leak in the Gulf that took months to stop. The consequences of the leak continue to affect the area to this day. Oil Spill: Deepwater Horizon traces the tragic story of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, the resulting oil leak, and the effects of the poisonous oil on ocean animals and coastal communities. Fascinating photos of the actual events, maps, and fact boxes enrich the compelling text. The personal and heart-breaking story will grip and inspire young readers.
One night in December 1984, the residents of Bhopal, India, woke up suddenly, gasping for breath. Aziza Sultan’s room was filled with a white cloud: “I heard people shouting, ‘Run! Run!’ Then I started coughing. It seemed as if I was breathing in fire. My eyes were burning.” What was causing this unbelievable horror? Poisoned Air: Bhopal, India traces the tragic story of a city in India that became exposed to a deadly gas called methyl isocyanate, or MIC. Fascinating photos of the actual events, maps, and fact boxes enrich the compelling text. The personal and heart-breaking story will grip and inspire young readers.
Miami has a serious problem—water! Sometimes, on sunny days, water bubbles up from storm drains. Residents find their homes flooded. On some days, they see cars floating like boats and even fish swimming in pools of water in the streets. What is going on? And can anything be done to save the city from being completely flooded with water? Rising Seas: Miami, Florida traces the tragic story of the causes of global warming, how this affects Miami—a city built on porous limestone—and how engineers are using pumps and other technologies to save the city from disaster. Fascinating photos of the actual events, maps, and fact boxes enrich the compelling text. The personal and heart-breaking story will grip and inspire young readers.