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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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      Google It!: A History of Google

      by Anna Redding

      Sep 2018

      Nonfiction High Plus

      Today, it’s almost impossible to picture a world without Google. Would that still be the case if founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin had stuck with the original name: BackRub?
      Source notes. Bibliography. One-color text and photographs.

      Spring After Spring: Rachel Carson’s Courageous Quest to Save the Environment

      by Stephanie Roth Sisson

      Sep 2018

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      As a child, Rachel Carson lived by the rhythms of the natural world. Spring after spring, year after year, she observed how all living things are connected. And as an adult, Rachel watched and listened as the natural world she loved so much began to fall silent. Spring After Spring traces Rachel’s journey as scientist and writer, courageously speaking truth to an often hostile world, and ultimately paving the way for the modern environmental movement.
      Author’s note. Notes. Bibliography. Source notes. Full-color illustrations.

      When Sparks Fly: The True Story of Robert Goddard, the Father of US Rocketry

      by Kristen Fulton

      Sep 2018

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      BAM! POP! BOOM! Robert Goddard experimented time and time again with one mission: make his rockets fly. His extensive research "launched the way for every shuttle that has blasted into space." Author‚s note. Works cited. Full-color illustrations rendered in gouache and acrylic and colored digitally.

      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.

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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.
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