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Someone Like Me : How One Undocumented Girl Fought For Her American Dream
Arce, Julissa, author.
“Julissa Arce talks about her time growing up in Mexico without her parents and her fears as an undocumented child in Texas,” says the publisher.
Whoosh! : Lonnie Johnson’s Super-soaking Stream Of Inventions
Barton, Chris, author.
The story of the NASA engineer and inventor, from when he was a child to when he accidentally came up with the Super Soaker water gun, is told.
Life On Surtsey, Iceland’s Upstart Island
Burns, Loree Griffin, author.
“It’s a new book in the Scientists in the Field series. In this one, readers follow scientists as they try to solve a problem that isn’t common in ecosystems: colonization. Not by humans, but by cells, seeds, spores, and other organisms that come in, blow in, fly in, float in, and try to live on the beautiful but harsh new island of Surtsey.” Provided by the publisher.
Fleming, Candace, author.
“This is a nonfiction picture book about the mysterious life of the elusive giant squid.”
Rocks And Minerals : Geology From Caverns To The Cosmos
Hirsch, Andy, 1987- author, illustrator.
“In this book, go on a geological journey with a crystal-obsessed fanboy and a famous rock hunter. They’ll go to the top of a volcano, deep inside the earth, and even into space! They’ll learn about the forces that shape our planet, and they might even pick up a gemstone or meteorite on the way, as well.” Provided by the publisher.
Stormy Seas : Stories Of Young Boat Refugees
Leatherdale, Mary Beth, author.
“Last chance for safety and freedom. Because refugees risk their lives at sea, they’ve been in the news a lot in the last few years. From 1939 to today, this book tells five stories about young people who set sail in search of a better life. There are a lot of people who have been forced out of their homes because of war. Ruth and her family board the St. Louis to get away from Nazism. Phu leaves Vietnam alone to get to the United States. José tries to get to the United States from Cuba. Najeeba flees Afghanistan and the Taliban. A collage-based design and dramatic storytelling make Stormy Seas a book that is both exciting to read and a good source of up-to-date information. These amazing stories will help readers understand how war and poverty can have a devastating effect on young people like them, and they will help them understand the current refugee crisis in a new way. “- Provided by the publisher. .
Something Rotten : A Fresh Look At Roadkill
Montgomery, Heather L., author.
“First, Heather L. Montgomery wants to pick up and look inside of the flattened rattlesnake. She’s always been curious about how a snake’s fangs retract when they close their mouths, and she doesn’t think it’s safe to poke around in a live reptile’s mouth, so she wants to look inside of the dead rattlesnake first. Heather is a wildlife researcher who has a special interest in the animals that live on the roads. She doesn’t want to just dissect one snake. When she is interested in roadkill, she goes on a journey that takes her from her own backyard to scientists and kids all over the world, where they study roadkill. Biologists use the bodies of Tasmanian devils to look for cures for a contagious cancer, and a scientist found a whole new species of bird from just one wing. A boy is rebuilding animal bodies from the bones up, and a restaurant serves animal remnants. Heather learns that death is just the beginning for these animals.” Provided by the publisher.
The Hyena Scientist
Montgomery, Sy, author.
Travel to the African bush with Sibert medal winners Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop in this new addition to the Scientists in the Field series. They join a well-known woman researcher who is doing one of the most important studies of African mammals in history. Provided by the publisher.
How We Got To The Moon : The People, Technology, And Daring Feats Of Science Behind Humanity’s Greatest Adventure
Rocco, John, author.
Award-winning author/illustrator John Rocco has written a beautiful, oversized guide to the people and technology of the moon landing. It’s great for space fans, classrooms, and geeks who like to learn about technology. Given by the publisher.
All Thirteen : The Incredible Cave Resuce Of The Thai Boys’ Soccer Team
Soontornvat, Christina, author.
“A group of young soccer players from the Wild Boars team and their coach went into a cave in northern Thailand on June 23, 2018. They were looking for a fun afternoon of adventure. But when they try to leave, the rising floodwaters block their way out of the house. The boys are stuck. There is a seventeen-day search and rescue operation that includes thousands of people from all over the world who want to help. The author does a great job of combining first-hand interviews with in-depth science and information about the culture and religion of the area to show how both the complex engineering operation above ground and the mental struggles of the thirteen young people below played important roles in the life-or-death mission.” — The publisher’s statement.
Desert Diary : Japanese American Kids Behind Barbed Wire
Tunnell, Michael O., author.
“Second grade started in March 1943 for twenty-seven children who were sent to the Topaz Relocation Center in Utah. This was a new place for them. Together with their teacher, Miss Yamauchi, these young Americans who had been moved to Japan started keeping a classroom diary. Each day, a different child would draw a picture to go with the entry. Diaries written in full-color paint a vivid picture of daily life in an internment camp, from schoolwork to sports to pets to holidays to health. They also show the mixed feelings of citizens who were loyal but also distrusted “Provided by the publisher.
Unspeakable : The Tulsa Race Massacre
Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956- author.
Famous author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator Floyd Cooper give a powerful look at the Tulsa race massacre, one of the most violent racial events in American history. Given by the publisher.