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50 Poisonous Questions

By Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Illustrated by Ross Kinnaird
Categories: Children's Nonfiction
Series: 50 Questions

It’s a toxic world out there. Poisonous snakes, toxic herbicides, noxious fumes—poisons in one form or another are all around us. An innocent-looking flower may be lethal, and smog can make it impossible ...

Africans Thought of It

Did you know that aloe vera—now found in countless products, including sunscreens and soaps—was first used by Africans? They ground it into powder and used it to treat burns and other skin conditions, ...

Thunder Over Kandahar

Photographs by Rafal Gerszak
By Sharon McKay
Categories: Children's Fiction

A powerful novel of enduring friendship set amid the terror and chaos of present-day Afghanistan.

Best friends Tamanna and Yasmine cannot believe their good fortune when a school is set up in their Afghan ...

50 Burning Questions

By Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Illustrated by Ross Kinnaird
Categories: Children's Nonfiction
Series: 50 Questions

If we took time to examine the flames in our world—fires that have built civilizations, sparked entire religions, and literally changed the surface of the Earth—can you imagine how many questions ...

The Great Motion Mission

By Cora Lee
Illustrated by Steve Rolston
Categories: Children's Nonfiction

When the summer fair is canceled to make way for a physics conference, Jeremy agrees to help his uncle protest. But their mission is foiled by Audrey, a young science whiz, who sets out to prove that ...

The Chinese Thought of It

Acupuncture, gun powder and the secrets to spinning silk are innovations that we have come to associate with China. But did you know that the Chinese also invented the umbrella? And toilet paper, initially ...

Kaboom!

Who knew that some insects can create explosions to get food? Or that fireworks were once used to fight wars?Explosions are all around us, from the Big Bang that created the universe to the “pop” ...

Nibbling on Einstein's Brain

Illustrated by Francis Blake
By Diane Swanson
Categories: Children's Nonfiction

Science affects every part of our lives. It can determine the foods we eat, the clothes we weareven the video games we play. But how do you tell the good science from the bad?Bite into Nibbling on Einstein’s ...

A Native American Thought of It

Everyone knows that moccasins, canoes and toboggans were invented by the Aboriginal people of North America, but did you know that they also developed their own sign language, syringe needles and a secret ...

Royal Murder

What would you do for absolute power?

For many monarchs throughout history, it was a question that ruled their lives. Step into the world of palatial intrigue, where holding the throne means evading death . ...