Category Archives: Nonfiction

Shaking the Foundation: Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution

Part biography, part science, part history, this provocatively titled book takes readers from the Industrial Revolution through today, explaining how Darwin developed his theory of evolution.  Darwin never actually used the term “evolution”-he most often used the phrase “descent with … Continue reading

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Saving the Baghdad Zoo: A True Story of Hope and Heroes

U.S. Army Major William Sumner, trained in archeology,  went to war-torn Iraq in 2003 to restore the Iraqi cultural heritage. But when the need arose for him to help save the abandoned animals at the Baghdad Zoo, and other local … Continue reading

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Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert by Marc Aronson

In August, 2010, 33 miners were trapped 2,300 feet underground in a Chilean mine for over 60 days.  Trapped details the miners struggle to stay alive, along with the rescuer’s challenges and the family’s unimaginable fear of never seeing their … Continue reading

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Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Telgemeier, Raina.  Smile.  213 p.  Graphix  2010.  ISBN 978-0-545-13205-3.Smile is pure genius.  For anyone who has had braces, you’ll be able to relate to this true story, told in graphic novel form, of what the author, Raina Telgemeier, went through … Continue reading

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They Called Themselves the K.K.K: The Birth of An American Terrorist Group

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell.  They Called Themselves the K.K.K:  The Birth of An American Terrorist Group 172  p.  Houghton Mifflin.  2010.  ISBN  978-0-618-44033-7 . The image of a K.K.K. hood is eerie.  Put one on the cover of a book, and it … Continue reading

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Walter Wick’s Optical Tricks

Wick, Walter.  Walter Wick’s Optical Tricks.  48 p.  Scholastic.  1998.  Grades 1-8.  ISBN 978-0439855204. Optical illusions are fun for all ages to look at.  This book is no exception! From the creator of the I Spy series, comes this impressive … Continue reading

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The Frog Scientist

Turner, Pamela S.  Photographs by Andy Comins.  The Frog Scientist.  Houghton Mifflin Books for Children. 2009. ISBN 978-0-618-71716-3. The Frog Scientist, is such an amazing book.  It’s about this research scientist, Dr. Tyrone Hayes, who works at UC Berkeley.  Now … Continue reading

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