Science/Mathematics

Book Review: Covered in Water

Covered in Water
Author: 
Lawrence, Ellen
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

If you’re looking for a good introduction to the study of water, this may
be the book for you. You’ll learn about the water on earth – salt &
fresh. You’ll learn where our water comes from and why it’s limited, how
rivers are formed, and frozen water. You’ll also learn about the water
cycle. Try the experiment at the end of the book and resolve to use water
wisely.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: Survival of the Sickest

Survival of the Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease
Author: 
Moalem, Sharon
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Survival of the Sickest, by Dr. Sharon Moalem, is a book that talks about the surprising connections between disease and longevity. The author does a great job of changing the reader's understanding of illness and presenting a new view of our bodies. While some people may find biology and other sciences boring, the book applies to everyone. The information is conveyed well and in a way that isn't just straight facts and boredom.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone, especially those who are into biology.

Reviewer's Name: 
Steven L

Book Review: The Book of Massively Epic Engineering Disasters

The Book of Massively Epic Engineering Disasters
Author: 
Connolly, Sean
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

History tells us of many engineering disasters from the Colossus of Rhodes to the “Unsinkable” Titanic and more. While some of these engineering disasters are merely embarrassing, others had deadly consequences. Learn about what happened in these events and then try out the hands-on experiments demonstrating why the event happened. Learn not just the “what”, but also “why” and have some fun doing it.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: Math & Magic in Wonderland

Math & Magic in Wonderland
Author: 
Mohr, Lilac
Rating: 
3 stars = Pretty Good
Review: 

Do you like math & logic puzzles? If so, you can solve puzzles along with twins, Lulu and Elizabeth. They’re on a grand math adventure inspired by Lewis Carroll’s poetry. Do you have the ability to solve the puzzles and outwit the Bandersnatch? Check out this book and find out.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Author: 
Cain, Susan
Rating: 
3 stars = Pretty Good
Review: 

This book has me questioning whether or not I'm actually the straight-up extrovert I believed myself to be. Maybe it's a product of aging or of circumstances, but I find myself identifying with the introverts in some aspects of my life. My husband is a hard-core introvert, so this book reinforced what I already know about him. The anecdotes were very interesting and the presentation was more readable than your average nonfiction book. Good book!

Reviewer's Name: 
vfranklyn

Book Review: Apollo 8

Apollo 8
Author: 
Kluger, Jeffrey
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

In August 1968, NASA made the bold decision to win a major battle in the Cold War by launching the first manned flight to the moon. President Kennedy's deadline of putting a man on the moon by 1970 was fast approaching, but Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders were up to the challenge to make a huge advancement in order to meat the deadline. Apollo 8 tells the full story of the mission from Mission Control to the astronauts' homes, from the test labs to the launch pad. Apollo 8 also gives a summary of the Mercury, Gemini, and the other Apollo missions and talks about the science behind the mission in an easy to understand manner. From the coauthor of the bestselling book about Apollo 13, Apollo 8 is a thrilling yer informative tale and a great resource to have. I highly recommend this book for anyone in high school or older who is fascinated by the space program or is doing a project on anything related to NASA.

Reviewer's Name: 
John B.

Book Review: You Swallow Spiders in Your Sleep! The Fact or Fiction Behind Animals

You Swallow Spiders in Your Sleep! The Fact or Fiction Behind Animals
Author: 
Mason, Paul
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

There are a lot of animal myths that have been passed down without knowing whether they are really true. This book looks at these myths to see if they are true. You’ll learn if earwigs crawl into people’s ear, if you can make two worms by cutting one in half, if touching a toad can give you warts, and so much more. Amaze your friends with your wealth of knowledge and actually learn something too!

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol S.

Book Review: What Is Climate Change?

What Is Climate Change?
Author: 
Herman, Gail
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

This book has tons of great information that can be helpful to children or adults who want to learn more about climate change. The author explains the subject matter with great detail, while still using language that is accessible and easy to understand. Concepts such as the environment, history, politics, and weather and how they all relate to one another are included using a diplomatic style. This is a great read for anyone who wants to learn more about what’s going on with our planet.

Reviewer's Name: 
Jordana

Book Review: Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds

Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds
Author: 
Slater, Lauren
Rating: 
3 stars = Pretty Good
Review: 

This book was okay. It takes the reader through the history of psychotrophic drugs. It's overall pretty dry. There are some parts that are very interesting, such as the author's struggles with psychotrophic drugs and the use of psychedelics in psychiatry, but overall I was pretty bored reading it. Maybe I'm not the target audience. Maybe it's geared more toward the academic set. But I did learn some, so I give it 3 stars.

Reviewer's Name: 
vfranklyn

Book Review: Glow: Animals With Their Own Night-Lights

Glow: Animals With Their Own Night-Lights
Author: 
Beck, W. H.
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Bioluminescence, the ability to glow, is an adaptation that some animals have. They are animals that make their own light. You may be familiar with fireflies that glow in the air. Other animals glow on land and many others in the water. Learn about some different animals that glow and how and why they do it.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

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