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      Maker Comics: Draw a Comic!

      by J.P. Coovert

      Jan 2020

      Nonfiction Middle

      The International Comics Library is in a lot of trouble! If Maggie can’t come up with $500,000 in a week, Dr. Carl is going to bulldoze her grandfather’s library and turn it into a parking lot! To save the day, she’ll need all her comic drawing skills, the loyal library watchdog, and her new assistant (that’s you!).

      With Draw a Comic!, you'll learn to create and print your own comics books! Follow these simple steps to sketch out your story ideas and ink a comic page. Learn which art supplies are best for drawing comics—you can use a pen, a brush, or even a computer! With the help of photocopy machine, you can even self-publish your own comics and share them with your friends!

      Notes on measurements. Tips for scanning. Glossary. Suggestions for further information. Full-color illustrations done in Photoshop.

      The Poison Eaters: Fighting Danger and Fraud in Our Food and Drugs

      by Gail Jarrow

      Dec 2019

      Nonfiction Middle

      Formaldehyde, borax, salicylic acid. Today, these chemicals are used in embalming fluids, cleaning supplies, and acne medications. But in 1900, they were routinely added to food that Americans ate from cans and jars. Often products weren’t safe because unregulated, unethical companies added these and other chemicals to trick consumers into buying spoiled food or harmful medicines. Chemist Harvey Washington Wiley recognized these dangers and began a relentless thirty-year campaign to ensure that consumers could purchase safe food and drugs, eventually leading to the creation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA.

      Acclaimed nonfiction and Sibert Honor-winning author Gail Jarrow uncovers this intriguing history in her trademark style that makes the past enthrallingly relevant for today’s young readers.

      Fighting for the Forest: How FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps Helped Save America

      by P. O'Connell Pearson

      Nov 2019

      Nonfiction Middle

      When Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in March 1933, the United States was on the brink of economic collapse and environmental disaster. Thirty-four days later, the first of over three million impoverished young men were building parks and reclaiming the nation’s forests and farmlands. The Civilian Conservation Corps—FDR’s favorite program and “miracle of inter-agency cooperation”—resulted in the building and/or improvement of hundreds of state and national parks, the restoration of nearly 120 million acre of land, and the planting of some three billion trees—more than half of all the trees ever planted in the United States.

      Fighting for the Forest tells the story of the Civilian Conservation Corp through a close look at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia (the CCC’s first project) and through the personal stories and work of young men around the nation who came of age and changed their country for the better working in Roosevelt’s Tree Army.

      Bibliography. Endnotes. Time line. Index. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions.

      Saving the Tasmanian Devil: How Science Is Helping the World's Largest Marsupial Carnivore Survive

      by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

      Oct 2019

      Nonfiction Middle

      In the late 1990s, a fatal disease called Devil facial tumor disease began wiping out the Tasmanian devil population, killing nearly 90% of the devils over the past 20 years. Why was the entire population getting the same disease? Was it contagious? Then geneticist Jenny Graves made a discovery that was hard to believe, but true: the tumors were cloning and multiplying between animals. If researchers cannot get to the bottom of this mystery, this fascinating mammal will soon be gone. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent takes readers on an unforgettable tour of the Tasmania to meet the scientists working to save the devil before it's too late.



      Glossary. Suggestions for further information. Sources. Index. Full-color photographs and illustrations.

      The Age of Exploration: Epic Fails

      by Erik Slader

      Sep 2019

      Nonfiction Middle

      Christopher Columbus is one of the most famous explorers of all time, but he was neither the first nor last adventurer to ever stumble upon a great discovery. From the Silk Road of Asia to the icy shores of Antarctica, our knowledge of the world today is in large part due to several intrepid pioneers, risking life and limb for the sake of exploration. After all, setting off into the dark unknown requires an enormous amount of bravery. But every explorer quickly learns that courage and curiosity aren’t enough to save you if you can’t read a map or trespass on somebody else’s land!

      In this fourth installment of the Epic Fails series, authors Erik Slader and Ben Thompson introduces readers to an international cast of trailblazers and details every mutiny, wrong turn, and undiscovered city of gold behind the age of exploration.



      Time line. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white photographs and illustrations.

      Disaster Strikes! : The Most Dangerous Space Missions of All Time

      by Jeffrey Kluger

      Aug 2019

      Nonfiction Middle

      There are so many amazing, daring, and exciting missions to outer space that have succeeded. But for every success, there are mistakes, surprises, and flat-out failures that happen along the way. In this collection, bestselling author and award-winning journalist Jeffrey Kluger recounts twelve such disasters, telling the stories of the astronauts and the cosmonauts, the trials and the errors, the missions and the misses. With stories of missions run by both Americans and Russians during the height of the space race, complete with photos of the people and machines behind them, this book delves into the mishaps and the tragedies, small and large, that led humankind to the moon and beyond.

      Author’s note. Glossary. Index. Black-and-white photographs.

      The Tornado Scientist: Seeing Inside Severe Storms

      by Mary Kay Carson

      Jul 2019

      Nonfiction Middle

      Robin Tanamachi has been captivated by tornadoes and extreme weather her entire life. When she realized people researched weather for a job, she was hooked. She now studies tornadogenesis, or how tornadoes form, and what causes them to get weaker versus strengthen. For her, driving around in a Doppler radar truck aiming towards storms is a normal day in the office. The data she collects is then modeled and studied on computers– with math, physics, and computer science working hand in hand with meteorology. At the end of the day, knowing exactly how, when, and where these violent storms happen can give more warning time for everyone involved.

      Glossary. Online resources. Sources and selected bibliography. Index. Full-color photographs and illustrations.

      Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History (Young Readers' Edition)

      by Keith O'Brien

      Jun 2019

      Nonfiction Middle

      In the years between World War I and World War II, airplane racing was one of the most popular sports in America. Thousands of fans flocked to multiday events, and the pilots who competed in these races were hailed as heroes. Well, the male pilots were hailed. Women who flew planes were often ridiculed by the press, and initially they weren’t invited to race. Yet a group of women were determined to take to the sky—no matter what. With guts and grit, they overcame incredible odds both on the ground and in the air to pursue their dreams of flying and racing planes.

      Glossary. Source notes. Index. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions.

      The Perfect Horse: The Daring Rescue of Horses Kidnapped During WWII (Adapted for Young Readers)

      by Elizabeth Letts

      May 2019

      Nonfiction Middle

      When a small troop of American soldiers capture a German spy, they uncover an unexpected secret: Hitler has kidnapped the world’s finest purebred horses and hidden them in a secret Czechoslovakian breeding farm. But, starving Russian troops are drawing closer and the horses face the danger of being slaughtered for food. With little time to spare, Colonel Hank Reed and his soldiers cross enemy lines to heroically save some of the world’s most treasured animals.

      List of characters. Map. Author’s note. Source notes. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white photo insert.

      Seven Wonders of the Milky Way

      by David A. Aguilar

      Apr 2019

      Nonfiction Middle

      In this unique space journey, blast off to the oldest star in our galaxy, zoom around planetary nebulae dubbed “the butterflies of space,” circle humongous exoplanets, and close in on newly discovered orbs that just might support alien life.
      Author’s note. Bibliography. Index. Full-color photographs and illustrations.

      Backyard Bears: Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban Wildlife

      by Amy Cherrix

      Mar 2019

      Nonfiction Middle

      North Carolin'’s black bears were once a threatened species, but conservation efforts have been so successful that there is a boom in bear population. Now scientists ask: can humans and bears live compatibly in and around Asheville?

      Web resources. Glossary. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Author’s note. Index. Full-color photographs.

      Buried Lives: The Enslaved People Of George Wasthington's Mount Vernon

      by Carla Killough McClafferty

      Feb 2019

      Nonfiction Middle

      When he was eleven years old, George Washington inherited ten human beings. His own life has been well chronicled, but the lives of the people he owned—the people who supported his plantation and were buried in unmarked graves there—have not. Using fascinating primary source material and photographs of historical artifacts, Carla McClafferty sheds light on the lives of several people George Washington owned; the property laws of the day that complicated his decision to free them; and the Cemetery Survey, an archeological dig (set to conclude in 2018) that is shaping our understanding of Mount Vernon’s Slave Cemetery. Poignant and thought-provoking, Buried Lives blends the past with the present in a forward-looking account of a haunting piece of American history.
      Author's note. Source notes. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white and full-color illustrations, photographs, and reproductions.
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