Furry Logic is a fascinating look at the behavior of animals through two scientific lenses - biology and physics. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of physics, such as heat, light, or electricity and contains several stories that show how animals use those forces to survive and reproduce. My favorite was the story of Japanese honeybees, who use the body heat from hundreds of workers to prevent an attack from giant hornets.
The book is great for anyone who is interested in animals or physics but might be intimidated by the thought of lots of scientific terminology. The authors' humorous tone and obvious love of nature keep this from reading at all like a textbook. It's a very fun way to learn about why and how animals do what they do.
Following the rise of Emperor Palpatine and the devastation of the Jedi Order, Ahsoka Tano is on the run. The Empire is hunting down any potential Force users and, while she is assumed dead, the former Padawan of Anakin Skywalker soon finds that no place in the galaxy is truly safe for her- or the friends she makes.
While there are still plenty of exciting events, the book features a little less straight-forward action than fans of Ahsoka and her signature twin lightsabers might expect. Instead, readers get to see her use all the other skills shes accumulated over the years. Tension builds as Ahsoka weighs her need to stay hidden against using her powers to help people, learns of the growing rebellion against the Empire, and contemplates her role in that rebellion.
Who was the greatest athlete to wear the number 23? How about number 7? This book attempts to answer that question for every number, from double zero to 99. For some numbers, the choice is easy; not many people can challenge Michael Jordan. It's much tougher for other numbers. How do you compare players like Mickey Mantle and John Elway, who played different sports in different decades? More than just a list, for each number the book details all the contenders and explains why the winner was selected. You'll also learn why some players chose their number and other interesting trivia. Like any sports debate, you're sure to agree with some picks and disagree with others, and it's sure to spark some conversation among you and your friends. You might even learn about some lesser known athletes; would you have guessed the best at 61 was Curley Culp?
Cassie Sullivan survived the first four waves by being luckier, smarter, and better equipped to deal with the harshness of post-civilization Earth than many around her, but can she outrun the fifth wave that promises to break across the land? Her only choice is to try, because if she falters it might be the end for her younger brother, Sam. Each wave of the attack requires a new skill, renewed vigilance, and pushes the limits of humanity among survivors. Cassie's only chance to save her brother and herself is to trust in a boy who won't share his secrets and may not be who he claims. The 5th Wave sets the stage for a prolonged look at humanity and its' struggle to remain civilized in unconventional times as we follow Cassie and companions through the Midwest and beyond.
Steves parents just had a new baby named Theo. Steve loves his new brother, but hes worried; Theo is very sick and the doctors cant seem to figure out what is wrong. After he is stung by a wasp, Steve begins having strange dreams. The beings in his dreams promise to fix Theo, but Steve soon begins to suspect their motives are not so friendly. This book has some spine-tingling moments for anyone with a fear of bugs, but it may also change your perspective on family and what it means to be broken.
Young friends Thane and Ciena witness their mutual affection grow, even while Imperial might and Rebel resistance pull them in opposite directions. From their early days learning to pilot together on Jelucan to training at the Imperial Academy on Coruscant, Lost Stars explores how personal connections are strained when political lines draw down around these characters, sending them on adventures that will change alliances and hearts. Gray maneuvers within George Lucas' established timeline to link events from original trilogy series with Lost Stars' expansive plot. Doing so, she creates a powerful Star Wars story that connects the first six films with the newest addition, The Force Awakens, with new characters and perspectives showing a side of galactic conflict readers will find surprisingly fresh.
Rodeo Red only needed her faithful companion Rusty the hound dog. When Sideswiping Slim comes into the picture there is a disturbance at the ranch because Slim becomes attached to Rusty. Rodeo Red soon has to figure out a plan that will reunite her with her hound dog without upsetting the Sheriff and her Deputy. This book is great to read out loud and shows some of the struggle that can occur when there are other kids to share with.
Have you ever tried to sell someone the Eifel Tower? Have you ever tried to convince people that you gave birth to a bunch of rabbits? Have you ever told people that your house was haunted? If not, you might just be shocked by some of the tall tales documented in this book. You’ll find four major types of liars here: people who made up impossible stories, tried to cheat people out of money, pretended to be someone they weren’t, and people who made claims about supernatural events. Each lie is described in just a few pages and is accompanied by interesting related facts and humorous illustrations so it’s a fast, fun read.