February 22, 2018

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Impact! by Elizabeth Rusch | SLJ Review

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redstarRUSCH, Elizabeth. Impact!: Asteroids and the Science of Saving the World. (Scientists in the Field). 80p. bibliog. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. websites. HMH. Nov. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780544671591.

Gr 4-7 –Opening with the dramatic story of a fourth grade class’s experience of the 2013 asteroid that landed in Chelyabinsk, Russia, this installment in the celebrated series tells of the study and the effects of asteroids in our solar system. This book describes the work done by several individual scientists who research asteroids, sharing how they collect data and use it to form coherent ideas about these astonishing rocks from space. Through the eyes of the scientists, readers learn about prehistoric collisions that shaped our planet, current methods used for observing asteroids, and what might be done to deal with the potential of a major impact in the future. The text makes complicated concepts understandable for younger readers without oversimplifying, and the accompanying photos and graphics are both informative and appealing. The scientists’ enthusiasm for their work is palpable, which makes for compelling reading, and their experiences allow readers to visualize themselves in similar roles as they think about their futures. VERDICT Another excellent entry into the series. Purchase this to excite space buffs and inspire future scientists.–Sarah Reid, Four County Library System, NY

This review was published in the School Library Journal November 2017 issue.

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