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The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook

Author/Illustrator: Eleanor Davis Publisher: Bloomsbury Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5 Subject: Science Special Attractions: Child Lead Characters Synopsis: Super-smart Julian Calendar thinks starting junior high at a new school will mean he can shed his nerdy image-but then he meets Ben and Greta, two secret scientists like himself! The three form a secret club, complete with a high-tech lair. There, they can work to their hearts content on projects like the Stink-O-Meter, the Kablovsky Copter, and the Nightsneak Goggles. All that tinkering comes in handy when the trio discovers an evil scientist’s dastardly plan to rob a museum. Can three inventors, armed with […] Read More


Author/Illustrator: Nick Abadzis Publisher: First Second Grade levels: 4-5, 6-8, 9-12 Subject: Science, History/Social Studies Special Attractions: For adults too Synopsis: Laika was the abandoned puppy destined to become Earth’s first space traveler.  This is her journey. Nick Abadzis masterfully blends fiction and fact in the intertwined stories of three compelling lives. Along with Laika, there is Korolev, once a political prisoner, now a driven engineer at the top of the Soviet space program, and Yelena, the lab technician responsible for Laika’s health and life. This intense triangle is rendered with the pitch-perfect emotionality of classics like Because of Winn Dixie, Shiloh, […] Read More

First In Space

Author/Illustrator: James Vining Publisher: Oni Press Grade levels: 4-5, 6-8, 9-12 Subject: Science, History/Social Studies Special Attractions: For adults too Synopsis: In the early 60s, the space race was moving towards its climax. Prior to manned spaceflight, both Americans and Soviets were launching animals up in rockets in order to test the biological viability of manned spaceflight… often with tragic results. Extensively researched, First in Space is based on the true story of Ham, a chimpanzee that NASA trained for the first sub-orbital spaceflight. This rousing adventure provides a snapshot in time of mankind’s early steps at conquering the final frontier. (from the […] Read More

Clan Apis

Author/Illustrator: Jay Hosler Publisher: Active Synapse Grade levels: 4–5, 6–8, 9–12 Subject: Science Special Attractions: Anthropomorphic characters Synopsis: Clan Apis is the biography of a honey bee named Nyuki. Written and drawn by biologist Jay Hosler, this story explores an elaborate insect society. Nyuki has a lot to learn about life in the hive and not much time to do it. But, with help of her sister Dvorah, a dung beetle named Sisyphus, and a sarcastic flower named Bloomington, she might have a chance to figure it all out. Awards: 1998 Xeric Award, 3 Eisner Awards (2000: Best Limited Series, Best Title for a Younger Audience […] Read More

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas

Author: Jim Ottaviani Illustrator: Maris Wicks Publisher: First Second Grade levels: 6–8, 9–12, Higher Ed Genre: Nonfiction, Biography Special attractions: Science, Female Lead Characters, For adults too Following 2011’s critically-acclaimed, bestselling science biography FEYNMAN, Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed account of the three great woman primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas. These three ground-breaking researchers were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each made profound contributions to primatology–and to our own understanding of ourselves. Tackling Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas in turn, and covering the highlights of their respective careers, PRIMATES is an […] Read More