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The Nonfiction Revolution

In today's "skim culture," replete with soundbytes and sidebars, it's often challenging for student readers to develop the critical thinking and complex reading skills needed for success. Fortunately, intriguing new Nonfiction titles are making the genre more accessible than ever, providing an avenue to prepare students for future success. This collection represents some of JLG Editorial Director Susan Marston's most esteemed Nonfiction selections. Get them for just $9 each using coupon code $9NONFICTION.

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      Mason Jar Science: 40 Slimy, Squishy, Super-Cool Experiments

      by Jonathan Adolph

      Sep 2018

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Metric conversion chart. Barometric pressure chart. Index. Full-color photographs and illustrations.
      Glossary.

      The Invention of the Computer

      by Lucy Beevor

      Jul 2018

      Series Nonfiction
      History Grades 3-5

      Explore the history and development of the computer and find out how a computer works. Learn about the inventors who helped influence the invention of the computer.

      Champion: The Comeback Tale of the American Chestnut Tree

      by Sally M. Walker

      May 2018

      Nonfiction Middle Plus

      Traditional
      Here is the compelling story of the near-extinction and dramatic recovery of the iconic American chestnut tree. Author’s note. Note on scientific classification of chestnut trees. Appendices. Source notes. Glossary. Select bibliography. Index. Full-color photo insert. Black-and white photographs, illustrations, and maps.

      The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow

      by Jan Thornhill

      May 2018

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Traditional
      Behold the most despised bird in human history! Map. Life cycle of the house sparrow. Glossary. List of other animals that have adapted to humans. Resources. Selected references. Full-color illustrations were created digitally.

      Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon

      by Annette Bay Pimentel

      May 2018

      Sports Elementary Plus

      Narrative
      When Bobbi Gibb tried to enter the Boston Marathon in 1966, she was told it was a man's race. She set out to show the world just what a woman could do. Afterword. “Note on Names.” Selected bibliography. Oil and collage illustrations using tissue paper and patterned papers created with homemade stamps.

      Marie Curie

      by Demi

      May 2018

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Narrative
      In a time when few women attended college, Marie Curie earned degrees in physics and mathematics; discovered the elements radium and polonium; and invented the word radioactive. She also became one of the greatest scientists who ever lived. Time line. Glossary. Further reading. Full-color watercolor and mixed-media illustrations.

      Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel

      by Lisa Pliscou

      May 2018

      Biography Elementary Plus

      Narrative
      This is the story of the groundbreaking female novelist Jane Austen,one of the most important and influential writers of all time. Further information about Jane Austen. Quotes from Jane Austen and quotes about Jane Austen. Further resources. Sources. Full-color illustrations done in gouache, ink, acrylic, and pencil.

      Bad Princess: True Tales from Behind the Tiara

      by Kris Waldherr

      May 2018

      High Interest Middle Plus

      Expository Literature
      $12.99  $12.75  Member Price
      With more than thirty real-life, not-so-fairy tales from history to today, this mix of royal biography, pop culture, art, and style is a spin on the traditional princess narrative. Afterword on present-day princesses. Princess-themed board game. Selected further reading. Two-color illustrations.

      Beep: Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind

      by David Wanczyk

      May 2018

      Sports High

      Expository Literature
      With balls tricked out to beep three times per second like a troubling EKG and with bases that buzz, beep baseball is both innovative and intensely competitive. List of Beep Baseball World Series champions. Index. Black-and-white photo insert.

      The Making of a Dream: How a Group of Young Undocumented Immigrants Helped Change What It Means to be American

      by Laura Wides-Muñoz

      May 2018

      Adult Crossover Nonfiction Plus

      Expository Literature
      An in-depth look at the lives of five young undocumented activists who are transforming society's attitudes about immigration. Cast of characters. Author’s note. Note on language. Source notes. Index. Black-and-white photographs.

      Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone

      by Juli Berwald

      Apr 2018

      Adult Crossover Nonfiction Plus

      Narrative
      The author, a former ocean scientist goes in pursuit of the slippery story of jellyfish, rediscovering her passion for marine science and the sea's imperiled ecosystems.

      Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth

      by Nicola Davies

      Mar 2018

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      Browsable
      $15.99  $12.75  Member Price
      The planet is full of millions of species of plants, birds, animals, and microbes, and every single one—including us—is part of a big, beautiful, complicated pattern. Full-color watercolor illustrations.
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