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Book Review: Grades 5 & Up Nonfiction | July 2013

SLJ1307w BK 5upNonFic Book Review: Grades 5 & Up Nonfiction | July 2013redstar Book Review: Grades 5 & Up Nonfiction | July 2013HOYT, Erich. Weird Sea Creatures. 64p. index. photos. Firefly. July 2013. RTE $19.95. ISBN 978-1-77085-197-9; pap. $9.95. ISBN 978-1-77085-191-7.
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–Fangs, “fur,” and photophores abound in this colorful celebration of decidedly odd and recently discovered species. Through 50 gorgeous photos, readers are introduced to a yeti crab; a spined pigmy shark; Dumbo, the octopod; and many other deep-sea dwellers. A carefully constructed introduction presents the physical characteristics of the abyssal ocean–its cold darkness, its cruel pressure–and of the difficulties in finding, collecting, and photographing the creatures that call it home. Also included are explanations of the function of chromophores and photophores and the little that is known about the “language of light”’ of abyssal animals. Following those informative pages is an album of rare beauty. Stunning full-page photos give readers a rare close-up view of animals ranging in size from a 1/24 inch oikopleura squirt to a six-foot-long orangeback flying squid, each accompanied by a brief informative paragraph. For those who have enjoyed Sneed B. Collard’s The Deep-Sea Floor (Charlesbridge, 2003), this is a veritable book of revelations. A feast for the eye and a tickle for the mind.–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY


The following titles are reviewed in the July print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.

Grades 5 & Up Nonfiction

ALOIAN, Molly. George Washington: Hero of the American Revolution. ISBN 978-0-7787-0799-8.
––––.Phillis Wheatley: Poet of the Revolutionary Era. ISBN 978-0-7787-0803-2.
COCCA, Lisa Colozza. Marquis de Lafayette: Fighting for America’s Freedom. ISBN 978-0-7787-0802-5.
ROBERTS, Steve. King George III: England’s Struggle to Keep America. ISBN 978-0-7787-0800-1.
ea vol: 48p. (Understanding the American Revolution Series). bibliog. chron. further reading. glossary. index. maps. photos. reprods. websites. Crabtree. 2013. PLB $30.60.

CORNIOLEY, Pearl Witherington with Hervé Larroque. Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Special Agent. ed. by Kathryn Atwood. 208p. appendix. bibliog. index. maps. notes. photos. Chicago Review. Aug. 2013. Tr $19.95. ISBN 978-1-61374-487-1.

CRAFT, Jerry & Kathleen Sullivan. Pitching for the Stars: My Seasons Across the Color Line. 136p. bibliog. index. photos. Texas Tech Univ. 2013. Tr $18.95. ISBN 978-0-89672-787-8; ebook $14.95. ISBN 978-0-89672-788-5.

DOESCHER, Ian. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars®: Verily, A New Hope. illus. by Nicolas Delort. 170p. Quirk. July 2013. Tr $14.95. ISBN 978-1-59474-637-6; ebook $14.95. ISBN 978-1-59474-655-0. LC 2012953985.

EVYAGOTAILAK, Darla & Mindy Willett. No Borders: Kigliqangittuq. 34p. (The Land Is Our Storybook Series). diags. glossary. illus. maps. Fifth House. 2013. RTE $19.95. ISBN 978-1-92708-307-9.

FITZGERALD, Michael Oren. Children of the Tipi: Life in the Buffalo Days. 40p. maps. photos. Wisdom Tales. 2013. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-937786-09-0.

FURGANG, Adam & Kathy Furgang. Cultivating Positive Peer Groups and Friendships. ISBN 978-1-4488-8311-0; ISBN 978-1-4488-8317-2; ISBN 978-1-4488-8324-0. LC 2012017872.
LANDAU, Jennifer.Dealing with Bullies, Cliques, and Social Stress. ISBN 978-1-4488-8313-4; ISBN 978-1-4488-8321-9; ISBN 978-1-4488-8325-7. LC 2012009244.
MEYER, Terry.Navigating a New School. ISBN 978-1-4488-8312-7; ISBN 978-1-4488-8319-6; ISBN 978-1-4488-8326-4. LC 2012018548.
WATSON, Stephanie.How Not to Choke on Tests: Achieving Academic and Testing Success. ISBN 978-1-4488-8310-3; ISBN 978-1-4488-8315-8; ISBN 978-1-4488-8323-3.
ea vol: 64p. (The Middle School Survival Handbook Series). bibliog. further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Rosen Central. 2013. PLB $31.95; pap. $12.95; ebook $31.95.

GAY, Kathlyn. Bigotry and Intolerance: The Ultimate Teen Guide. 182p. (It Happened to Me Series). bibliog. notes. photos. websites. Scarecrow. 2013. Tr $50. ISBN 978-0-8108-8360-4; ebook $49.99. ISBN 978-0-8108-8361-1. LC 2012043200.

GIBSON, Karen Bush. Women Aviators: 26 Stories of Pioneer Flights, Daring Missions, and Record-Setting Journeys. 240p. (Women of Action Series). bibliog. further reading. glossary. photos. websites. Chicago Review Press. July 2013. Tr $19.95. ISBN 978-1-61374-540-3.

HILMERS, David with Rick Houston. Man on a Mission: The David Hilmers Story. 144p. photos. Zonderkidz. 2013. pap. $6.99. ISBN 978-0-310-73613-4.

HODGES, Henry & Margaret Engel. How to Act Like a Kid: Backstage Secrets of a Young Performer. 256p. further reading. glossary. photos. reprods. websites. Disney. 2013. pap. $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4231-6320-6.

KENNEY, Karen Latchana. David Karp: The Mastermind Behind Tumblr. 48p. (Gateway Biographies Series). bibliog. chron. further reading. index. notes. photos. reprods. websites. Lerner. 2013. RTE $26.60. ISBN 978-1-4677-1285-9; ebook $19.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-1286-6. LC 2012038057.

KOVACS, Lawrence. Inca: Dicover the Culture and Geography of a Lost Civilization with 25 Projects. illus. by Farah Rizvi. 128p. (Build It Yourself Series). chron. further reading. glossary. index. maps. websites. Nomad. 2013. Tr $21.95. ISBN 978-1-61930-141-2; pap. $15.95. ISBN 978-1-61930-140-5.

LATHAM, Donna. Canals and Dams: Investigate Feats of Engineering. illus. by Andrew Christensen. 128p. (Build It Yourself Series). charts. chron. further reading. glossary. index. maps. websites. Nomad. 2013. Tr $21.95. ISBN 978-1-61930-169-6; pap. $16.95. ISBN 978-1-61930-165-8.

MOONEY, Carla. Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation. illus. by Sam Carbaugh. 128p. (Inquire and Investigate Series). chron. further reading. glossary. index. websites. Nomad. July 2013. pap. $16.95. ISBN 978-1-61930-184-9; Tr $21.95. ISBN 978-1-61930-188-7.

MULDER, Michelle. Pedal It!: How Bicycles Are Changing the World. charts. diags. index. ISBN 978-1-4598-0219-3.
TATE, Nikki. Down to Earth: How Kids Help Feed the World. ISBN 978-1-4598-0423-4.
ea vol: 48p. (Orca Footprints Series). bibliog. illus. photos. reprods. websites. Orca. 2013. Tr $19.95.

MUNDURUKU, Daniel, retel. Amazonia: Indigenous Tales from Brazil. tr. from Portuguese by Jane Springer. illus. by Nikolai Popov. 96p. glossary. Groundwood/House of Anansi. 2013. Tr $24.95. ISBN 978-1-55498-185-4.

O’REILLY, Bill. Kennedy’s Last Days: The Assassination That Defined a Generation. 336p. bibliog. chron. diags. further reading. index. maps. notes. photos. reprods. websites. Holt. July 2013. Tr $19.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9802-0.

OWINGS, Lisa. The Black Mamba. ISBN 978-1-60014-877-4. LC 2012035841.
––––.The Black Widow Spider. ISBN 978-1-60014-878-1. LC 2012034292.
––––.The Deathstalker Scorpion. ISBN 978-1-60014-879-8. LC 2012035264.
––––.Killer Bees. ISBN 978-1-60014-880-4. LC 2012031234.
ea vol: 24p. (Nature’s Deadliest Series). further reading. glossary. index. maps. photos. websites. Bellwether Media. 2013. PLB $22.95.

RICHARDSON, Gillian. 10 Plants That Shook the World. illus. by Kim Rosen. 129p. bibliog. chron. further reading. index. maps. photos. Annick. 2013. RTE $24.95. ISBN 978-1-55451-445-8; pap. $14.95. ISBN 978-1-55451-444-1.

RIVKIN, Jennifer. Physical Bullying. ISBN 978-0-7787-7914-8; ISBN 978-0-7787-7919-3. LC 2013000562.
STUCKEY, Rachel. Cyber Bullying. ISBN 978-0-7787-7913-1; ISBN 978-0-7787-7918-6. LC 2013000584.
WEBB, Margaret. Social Bullying. ISBN 978-0-7787-7915-5; ISBN 978-0-7787-7920-9. LC 2013000583.
ea vol: 48p. (Take a Stand Against Bullying Series). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Crabtree. 2013. PLB $30.60; pap. $10.95.

SANFORD, William R. Apache Chief Geronimo. ISBN 978-0-7660-4093-9. LC 2011048759.
––––.Hunkpapa Lakota Chief Sitting Bull. ISBN 978-0-7660-4097-7. LC 2011050446.
––––.Nez Percé Chief Joseph. ISBN 978-0-7660-4092-2. LC 2011048763.
––––.Oglala Sioux Chief Crazy Horse. ISBN 978-0-7660-4094-6. LC 2011048758.
ea vol: 48p. (Native American Chiefs and Warriors Series). further reading. glossary. index. maps. notes. photos. reprods. websites. Enslow. 2013. PLB $21.26.

SETTERINGTON, Ken. Branded by the Pink Triangle. 196p. appendix. bibliog. charts. chron. map. notes. photos. reprods. Second Story. 2013. pap. $15.95. ISBN 978-1-926920-96-2.

WALKER, Jackie & Pamela Dittmer McKuen. Expressionista: How to Express Your True Self Through (and Despite) Fashion. 224p. appendix. illus. Beyond Words. Sept. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-58270-429-6; pap. $9.99. ISBN 978-1-58270-428-9; ebook ISBN 978-1-4424-8523-5.

WEISMAN, Stefanie. The Secrets of Top Students: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Acing High School and College. 288p. charts. notes. Sourcebooks. 2013. pap. $14.99. ISBN 978-1-4022-8079-5.

WEXLER, Bruce. The Hatfields & the McCoys. 176p. charts. photos. reprods. Skyhorse. 2013. Tr $19.95. ISBN 978-1-62087-600-8.

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