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Levitation: Physics and Psychology in the Service of Deception

Author/Illustrator: Jim Ottaviani and Janine Johnston Publisher: G.T. Labs Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5, 6-8 Subject: Science Genre: Biography/Autobiography Special Attractions: Nonfiction Synopsis: Hypnotic gestures. Fancy clothes. Lovely assistants. These things may make the magician, but science makes the magic. Levitation tells the amazing true story of the most dazzling illusion ever performed on stage, and features a cast of characters that seems too good to be true — The Scientist: John Neville Maskelyne, the oh-so-proper British magician and the trick’s inventor. The American: Harry Kellar couldn’t buy the illusion, so he found another way to get it. The Inventor: Guy Jarrett, the […] Read More

Inventions and Discovery series

Author/Illustrator: Heather Adamson, Jameson Anderson, Jennifer Fandel, Andrea Gianopoulos, Jessica Gunderson, Katherine Krohn, Donald B. Lemke, Connie Colwell Miller, Ellen S. Niz, Xavier W. Niz, Michael O’Hearn, Kay Melchisedech Olson, Nathan Olson, Trina Robbins, David Seidman, and Scott R. Welvaert Publisher: Capstone Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5 Subject: Science Genre: Biography/Autobiography Special Attractions: Nonfiction, Teaching Comics Synopsis: World-changing events unfold before your eyes in these amazing tales of inventions and discovery. Inventors, scientists, and businesspeople shape our world through their will and determination. See their captivating stories come to life with vivid illustrations and easy-to-read text. An additional information section provides key facts […] Read More

Kat and Mouse

Author/Illustrator: Alex De Campi, Federica Manfredi Publisher: Tokyopop Grade levels: 6-8, 9-12 Subject: History/Social Studies, Science, Math Genre: Mystery Synopsis: From first issue: “When Kat’s dad gets a job as a science teacher at a posh private school, things seem perfect—that is, until Kat’s rich, popular classmates shove her to the bottom of the social heap just for being smart. And bad turns to worse when an anonymous student blackmails Kat’s dad to give the class better grades! Can Kat and her new friend, the rebellious computer nerd Mouse, find the real culprits before Kat’s dad loses his job?” Titles in […] Read More


Author/Illustrator: Jim Ottaviani, Janine Johnston, Steve Lieber, Vince Locke, Bernie Mireault, Jeff Parker, Chris Kemple, and Eddy Newell Publisher: G.T. Labs Grade levels: 9-12, Higher Education Subject: Science, History/Social Studies Genre: Biography/Autobiography Special Attractions: For adults too, Nonfiction, Social Issues Synopsis: The lives of scientists J. Robert Oppenheimer and Leo Szilard offer a cautionary tale about the uneasy alliance between physicists, the military, the government, and the beginnings of “big science.” Comics Worth Reading review Comic Book Galaxy review Diamond Bookshelf review Discover Magazine review Publisher’s book page Study Guide  

At the Amusement Park

Author/Illustrator: Paul Yoon, Lorence Na Publisher: Ykids Grade levels: 4-5, 6-8 Subject: Science Special attractions: Child lead characters Synopsis: Dreamland, the biggest amusement park to open in town, is throwing a science tournament for elementary students across the country. Every kid in school is talking about the tournament and Daniel, Lucy, Christine and Sam decides to sign up. But things do not go as expected. The questions in the tournament are linked to the rides in Dreamland and the friends face strong competition form all round. Publisher’s book page

A Journey into the Human Body

Author/Illustrator: Soo Oh, Seok Yun, Kakao Han Publisher: Ykids Grade levels: 4-5, 6-8 Subject: Science Special attractions: Teen lead characters Titles in this series: A Journey into the Human Body: One quiet night in the Abracadabra School of Magic, two senior student wizards are heard running towards the junior quarters in the dormitory. The dean has fallen sick and the principal has summoned three junior student wizards, who are always in some sort of mischief, to his office. The principal told the junior wizards that random magic coursing through the school has created a little monster who is now wreaking havoc […] Read More

Dignifying Science: Stories About Women Scientists

Author/Illustrator: Jim Ottaviani, Donna Barr, Mary Fleener, Stephanie Gladden, Roberta Gregory, Lea Hernandez, Carla Speed McNeil, Linda Medley, Marie Severin, Jen Sorensen, Anne Timmons, and Ramona Fradon Publisher: G.T. Labs Grade levels: 6-8, 9-12, Higher Education Subject: History/Social Studies, Science Genre: Biography/Autobiography Special Attractions: Female Lead Characters, Nonfiction Synopsis: Dignifying Science is the second in a series of books done in comics form telling true stories about scientists. This book features famous women scientists including Marie Curie, mathematician Emmy Noether, physicist Lise Meitner, DNA researcher Rosalind Franklin, biologist Barbara McClintock, primatologist Birute Galdikas, and Hedy Lamarr. Yes, that Hedy Lamarr…her story will surprise […] Read More

Bone Sharps, Cowboys, & Thunder Lizards

Author/Illustrator: Jim Ottaviani and Zander Cannon, Kevin Cannon, Shad Petosky, and Charles R. Knight

Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space

Author/Illustrator: Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space Publisher: Flying Eye Books Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5, 6-8 Subject: Science Special Attractions: Nonfiction, Anthropomorphic Characters Synopsis: Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space will tell you everything you need to know about our planet, our solar system, our galaxy and the universe that there could be to know. Our clever little cat has made sure of that, he’s a fastidious little feline! Dr. Astro explores topics such as gravity, extraterrestrial life and time with fun facts and fascinating insights that will take you and your children on a journey to the very frontiers of Space! Kirkus […] Read More

Max Axiom series

Author/Illustrator: Emily Sohn and Agnieszka Biskup, Andrea Gianopoulos, Christopher L. Harbo , Amber J Keyser, Katherine Krohn, Donald B. Lemke,  and Liam O’Donnell Publisher: Capstone Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5 Subject: Science Genre: Superhero Special Attractions: Nonfiction, Multicultural Lead Characters Synopsis: You’ve never had a science teacher like this! Max Axiom is a super-cool super-scientist. Using powers he acquired in a freak accident, Max demonstrates and explains science in ways never before seen in the classroom. Whether shrinking down to the size of an ant or riding on a sound wave, Max can do whatever it takes to make science super cool and […] Read More