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Maris Wicks is a science educator/comic artist, and she is amazing!  I was first introduced to her work when I read Human Body Theater: A Nonfiction Revue.  I was so impressed that I included it in our Best Books of 2015 list.  Since I do not gravitate to graphic novels, this was a major accomplishment.  I was eager for more of her work . . . and luckily there's already more!

  • Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean by Maris Wicks (2016)
    J  577.7  WIC  GRAPHIC NOVEL
    This absorbing look at ocean science covers the biology of coral reefs as well as their ecological importance.  Nonfiction comics genius Wicks brings to bear her signature combination of hardcore cuteness and in-depth science.
  • Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks (2015)
    YA  OTT  COMIC NOVEL
    This an accessible, entertaining, and informative look at the field of primatology and at the lives of three of the most remarkable women scientists of the twentieth century.  Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each ground-breaking researcher made profound contributions to primatology―and to our own understanding of ourselves.
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Vote NOW for Teens' Top Ten

Voting for the 2016 Teens' Top Ten official list is officially open!  The Teens' Top Ten is a teen choice list, with teens nominating and choosing their favorite books of the previous year.   The winners will be announced following Teen Read Week (October 9-15, 2016).  Vote for your favorite three titles from the 26 nominations.  You can watch a book trailer announcing all 26 titles.  You can also download the printable list, complete with annotations.  That's the easy part.  The hard part will be narrowing your favorites down to three!

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Medical Mysteries

Forget fiction!  Gail Jarrow has written three captivating books about real medical mysteries.

  • Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat (2014)
    J  616.3  JAR
    One hundred years ago, a mysterious and alarming illness spread across America's South, striking tens of thousands of victims. No one knew what caused it or how to treat it. People were left weak, disfigured, insane, and in some cases, dead. Award winning science and history writer Gail Jarrow tracks this disease, commonly known as pellagra, and highlights how doctors, scientists, and public health officials finally defeated it. Illustrated with 100 archival photographs, includes stories about real life pellagra victims and accounts of scientific investigations.
  • Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary (2015)
    J  614.5  JAR
    Typhoid fever is running rampant across America, striking down thousands of people. On a damp March morning in 1907, the dreaded disease pulls together three people at a New York City brownstone. Dr. George Soper, an epidemiologist, has traced an outbreak of typhoid fever to this house. Dr. S. Josephine Baker, a health department medical inspector, has been sent there to confront the suspected typhoid carrier. Mary Mallon, a cook for well-to-do New Yorkers, refuses to talk to either one of them. Her actions that day would lead to a notoriety that has lasted for more than a century.
  • Bubonic Plague: When Plague Invaded America (2016)
    J  614.5  JAR
    In March 1900, San Francisco s health department investigated a strange and horrible death in Chinatown. A man had died of bubonic plague, one of the world s deadliest diseases. But how could that be possible? "Bubonic Panic" tells the true story of America s first plague epidemic the public health doctors who desperately fought to end it, the political leaders who tried to keep it hidden, and the brave scientists who uncovered the plague s secrets. Once again, acclaimed author and scientific expert Gail Jarrow brings the history of a medical mystery to life in vivid and exciting detail for young readers.
     

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If you're a teacher, take a look at the lesson ideas for each title.

We have more book club offerings beginning this September.  Read on, choose the one that's right for you . . . then read on!

  • Reading Sidekicks: Beginning Reader Book Club with Miss Polly
    Mondays at 6:30 p.m., once a month
    Emerging readers and their caregivers read a book by a selected author, then meet to discuss it and complete a related project.  Must be at least 5 to attend.  The first meeting will take place on Monday, September 19.  The theme is Yo! Chris Raschka.   Space is limited.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7830). 
  • Reader's Café: Upper Elementary Book Club with Miss Traci
    Mondays at 6:30 p.m., once a month
    Reader's Café serves up books from a different genre each month.  Pick a book from the chosen genre, read it, then meet and discuss.  The first meeting will take place on Monday, September 12.  The theme is Favorites.  Space is limited.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7830). 
  • Raging Readers: Middle School Book Club with Miss Anna Beth
    Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., once a month
    Middle school is tough, but book club is fun!  Meet with others to discuss different titles each month and get down on some snacks.  The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 13.  The theme is Favorites.  Space is limited.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7826). 

 

August 15-21, 2016 is National Aviation History Week.   August 19, 2016 is National Aviation Day.  It is also Orville Wright's birthday.  So, naturally, we must blog about a couple of great new books about pilots and flight.

First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race by Tim Grove (2015)
J  910.4  GRO
In 1924 the U.S. Army sent eight young men on a bold attempt to be the first to circumnavigate the globe by flight. Men from five other countries—Great Britain, France, Portugal, Italy, and Argentina—had the same goal. The race was on! First Flight Around the World documents the exciting journey of four American planes—the Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, and Seattle—and their crews on a race around the world. The trip held many challenges: extreme weather, tricky navigation, unfamiliar cultures, fragile planes, and few airfields. The world fliers risked their lives for the sake of national pride. Based in part on the journal of one of the crew members, First Lieutenant Leslie Arnold, along with commentary, newspaper reports, and archival images, First Flight Around the World is a captivating tale about American ingenuity, gumption, and perseverance.  Published in association with National Air and Space Museum.  A 2016 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist.

The Wrong Wrights by Chris KKientx, Steve Hockensmith & Lee Nielsen (2016)
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Schoolmates Dominique, Eric, Josephine, and Ajay are excited about a field trip to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. When they get there, however, they find a very different museum than the one they were expecting. Not only is it much smaller, it's filled with balloons, blimps, and dirigibles, many of them with the same logo: BARRIS AIRSHIPS. Where's the Spirit of St. Louis? Where's the Apollo 11 command module? Where's the Wright Brothers' 1903 flyer? With the help of a museum "fabrications specialist," they travel through time to try and restore the Wright brothers to their well-earned place in history. Along the way they also learn about aerodynamics and other aviation principles from a wise-cracking A.I. named Smitty.  First volume in new graphic novel series, Secret Smithsonian Adventures.

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