Explains how popular inventions work, shows unusual inventions made in the past and those being created for the future, and features a fictional story about a young man's close call while playing a virtual reality game.
Buzz and his friend Miranda are thrilled to meet the stars of their favorite television program "Star Searchers," but soon learn that their heroes are just ordinary people as they join forces with the actors to battle aliens from the planet Xycon.
While on detention for disrupting a science lesson, Kenneth and Aleesa are transported to 1939 where they try to protect the privacy and even the life of Albert Einstein as he struggles to decide whether he should help build an atomic bomb to stop Hitler. Can they stop the Nazis from getting the atom bomb first?
In the early 1900s, a skull was found in England that many believed to be the "missing link." The strange prehistoric human skull "discovered" in England in 1911 was ultimately proven to be a hoax. The perpetrator's identity and motives, however, remain mysteries, which this book examines.
Explains what early civilizations believed about natural disasters; highlights notable eruptions, earthquakes, fires, floods, droughts, famines, and diseases, as well as two noted military failures; and recounts the end of the ancient world.
This book tells the story behind the developments for people to communicate with one another from across the street to across the country.
Describes the deepest part of the ocean, called the abyss, and explains how, with new equipment and technology, humans are beginning to learn more about the abyss and the creatures who live there.
White-water adventure stories offer an introduction to the sport of kayaking.
Describes how a school bus carrying twenty children became stranded during a blizzard in Towner, Colorado, in 1931.
From scuba diving to submersibles, this book explains how humans explore ocean depths.
Although Comstock Lode made many people near Virginia City rich, it left a torn and tattered town. The lesson of the Comstock Lode legacy is that what people have done in the past affects people today. And what we do today can affect the world tomorrow.
Explores the world of a river otter as she goes from total dependence on a loving mother to becoming a playful member of the community.
Tops have been spinning for thousands of years. Learn about tops, yo-yos, and other fascinating spinning toys as well as how to make them.
Uses a fictional story of a boy's visit to his grandfather's house in the Florida Keys to discuss the behavior and habitat of the small deer that have lived there for hundreds of years.
Ben finds himself in charge as record floodwaters destroy Johnstown. This book is about a family who survives the Johnstown flood of 1889.
When Matt has to do a science project about recycling, he talks to his neighbor, Mr. Pizooti, an Italian immigrant called the "King of Recycling" because he is always coming up with new ways to reuse discarded objects.
The invention of the wheel changed the way we moved and made exciting toys possible for children. This book discusses the history, creativity, and fascination of toys made with wheels.
This book provides factual information about bats and follows the fictional story of a little brown bat named Zelda.
Presents a history of aeronautical sports, including ballooning, skydiving, airplane racing, flying circuses, and military dogfights.
The world is filled with animals, but which is the biggest, the smallest, the fastest, the slowest, and the loudest?
Megan learns about the life cycle, physical characteristics, and habitat of the whooping crane, and also about the many dangers that are forcing the bird to near-extinction. The book provides factual information about the natural history of the whooping crane through the fictional story of a sixteen-day-old whooping crane chick.
This book uses a story about a boy's visit to Florida to describe the physical characteristics, behavior, and survival techniques of the American alligator.
This story describes what has happened to the elephant's ancestors, Mastodons and the mammoths, and what could happen to the elephant if it is unable to adapt to life changes.
This book provides factual information about the natural history of Virginia opossums through the story of a young possum named Lucy, from her birth to her first offspring.
Follows the experiences of Mattie, a brown pelican, from her hatching through her first nesting season. Includes factual information about the natural history of pelicans.