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 was the Black Death? How many people did it kill? And how did it kill them? Find out about plagues we have now. What causes them? What can we do about them? Then read The Lost Village, a story about plagues and people. After a thousand years, who's the winner?
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.
What do spies do? What do you need to be a good spy? Find out about some famous spies and how they sent their messages. Find out about secret codes, and some brilliant spying gadgets, from secret video cameras to night vision goggles.Then read The Secret Agent, a wicked story about a double agent: a spy working for one side but pretending for work for the other. What happens when he changes sides?
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!
There sat a spaceship in the middle of the scary woods! Of course, we knew what a spaceship looked like. It looked just like the Galaxy Diner. It had the same silver dome and little round windows all the way around. There was a pink glow around the base of the ship. Lights were flashing everywhere-white lights and red lights, blue lights and purple lights. There was a really high whistling sound in the air. And it was getting louder by the minute.
Two boys harassed by a group of rowdy kids at school get their revenge when they stumble into the school custodian's cleaning closet and find something very unusual.
When Walter overhears a lord's murder, he must reveal the true killer before his innocent friend is convicted.
After they move to Kansas, Cody and his friend Maria try to help a local artist who was cheated when she bought a wooden carousel horse
In a series of journal entries, a boy in Denmark recounts the role he and his friends played in the Resistance and reflects on being Jewish during World War II
Rifle barrels pointed at the family as they stepped into the open. Tilly cowered behind her father. "We're headed for St. Augustine," Kwaku explained. The men lowered their guns. "Where are you from?" one of them asked. "Are you runaways?" "Please let us go on our way," Catbird begged. "Get in the wagon," the man said. "These men are armed," Kwaku said quietly. "We must do as we are told." When everyone was aboard, the wagon rumbled on down the road. They were headed away from St. Augustine and their chance for freedom.
Fourteen-year-old Jonathan receives a message from a fish while diving in Hawaii and becomes concerned about ocean pollution.
Fern learns why the Native Americans are forcing people from their farms and does what she can to help.
I threw my arms around Leah. "Promise me you'll do everything you can so you won't have to go to one of those camps. So that after the war, we can find each other again," I whispered. "I promise, Annie," Leah said in a quiet voice. She unfastened the small, golden star of David she wore on a chain around her neck. She held it out to me. " I want you to have this. So you'll always remember me," she said. I quickly took off my tiny silver cross. I gave it to her. "And you take this," I said. "It will remind you that we're still best friends! No matter what!" "No matter what," Leah echoed.
Searching for a way to get revenge against school bullies, overweight Jared Springer develops a truth test that ultimately teaches him the truth about friendship
Having finished his education at Blackstone School, Red Fox writes letters to his friend, Ellen, who is traveling in Europe, as he prepares to return to his family on the Nebraska plains.
While working together on a school report about the 1960s, Aleesa and Kenneth are transported to March 1968, where they suddenly realize that the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. is only days away.
When Kioni is captured and taken aboard a pirate ship, he finds adventures on new shores.
Thirteen-year-old Cotton becomes responsible for seeing his family safely across country to Oregon where they will join his father.