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Bill Gunston*****Presented in a clear, readable style and containing many colorful and instructive illustrations and produced and approved by noted authorities, this book answers the questions most often asked about aircraft.
Antarctica: The World's Biggest Desert
Jan Anderson*****
Boys Will Be
Bruce Brooks*****An award-winning writer presents a series of essays in which he examines the likes and dislikes, fears and attractions, hopes and worries of boys everywhere, as well as the nature of courage, heroism, and maturity. Reprint. C. H. K. PW.
Cameras in Narnia: How the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Came to Life
Ian Brodie*****The first of the CS Lewis Chronicles of Narnia to be made into a movie is The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe, and has been filmed and produced in New Zealand by Disney and Walden Media, with Kiwi director Andrew Adamson. Ian Brodie has been on set and on location throughout its production, and has documented the making of the film from behind the cameras, with interviews with the director and key crew members. Using this movie as a specific example, he explains to younger readers the magical process of turning a much-loved classic of children's literature into a blockbuster movie. Through the latest Computer Generated Imaging techniques, the fabulous creatures of Narnia will astound viewers and this book explains how Aslan and Mr Tumnus were created, and why the centaurs look so real. Dolly grips, gaffers, clapperloaders and best boys are explained, and the process of making a movie documented with over 200 full colour movie and behind the camera images. This will be a valuable teaching tool and a superb record of a much-loved movie, with anecdotes and information to delight in equal measure.
Danger on the Mountain: Scaling the World's Highest Peaks
Andrew Donkin*****From blizzards and glaciers on the world's highest peaks to the challenge of free climbing, there is danger on the mountains! These 48-page books about fascinating subjects like pirates, mummies, and volcanoes are for proficient readers who can understand a rich vocabulary and challenging sentence structure. In addition to the stunning photographs, informative sidebars, and glossary, readers will find archival photographs and paintings. Averaging 4,500 to 5,000 words in length, Level 4 books are 40 percent pictures and 40 percent text. The Dorling Kindersley Readers combine an enticing visual layout with high-interest, easy-to-read stories to captivate and delight young bookworms who are just getting started. Written by leading children's authors and compiled in consultation with literacy experts, these engaging books build reader confidence along with a lifelong appreciation for nonfiction, classic stories, and biographies. There is a DK Reader to interest every child at every level, from preschool to grade 4.
Do Fish Drink Water?: Puzzling and Improbable Questions and Answers
Bill McLain*****Is it true that elephants are afraid of mice?
How much gold does the United States store in Fort Knox?
Why do I get a headache when I eat ice cream too fast?
How did the "seventh inning stretch" originate?

As the official webmaster for Xerox, Bill McLain was surprised by the kinds of questions he was receiving, like whether people born blind can see in their dreams and why rabbits are associated with Easter. McLain began to answer each and every question—attracting national attention from MSNBC, CNN, and People—and the result, collected in Do Fish Drink Water?, is a surprising, funny, and informative collection of facts. McLain's answers can often be as wild as the questions and prompt entertaining anecdotes about where he found them. McLain explains how magnets are made, what caused the Great Depression of 1922, and even explains why cats purr. Also included is an extensive list of websites where he conducts research, offering an informative guide to making the most of the Internet.
Dude, That's Rude! (Get Some Manners)
Pamela Espeland, Elizabeth Verdick*****Kids today need manners more than ever, and Dude, That’s Rude! makes it fun and easy to get some. Full-color cartoons and kid-friendly text teach the basics of polite behavior in all kinds of situations—at home, at school, in the bathroom, on the phone, at the mall, and more. Kids learn Power Words to use and P.U. Words to avoid, why their family deserves their best manners, and the essentials of e-tiquette (politeness online). It seems like light reading, but it’s serious stuff: Manners are major social skills, and this book gives kids a great start.
Fishing for a Living
Alan A. Rubin*****
Freedom Flyers
Jack Harris*****
Guinness World Records 2010: Gamer's Edition

What is the most critically acclaimed game of all time? What is the most played videogame of all time? Who owns the world s biggest Pokémon collection? Who is the world s most recognizable videogame character? Which university was the first to offer a competitive gaming qualification? What is the most popular multiplayer console game? Who is the world s most dedicated World of Warcraft player?

Paul Dowswell*****Contains stories of heroism, bravery and battling the odds. This title includes maps, line drawings and notes on sources and further reading.
I Survived: Five Epic Disasters

From the author of the New York Times bestselling I Survived series come five harrowing true stories of survival, featuring real kids in the midst of epic disasters.

From a group of students surviving the 9.0 earthquake that set off a historic tsunami in Japan, to a boy nearly frozen on the prairie in 1888, these unforgettable kids lived to tell tales of unimaginable destruction — and, against all odds, survival.

Read their incredible stories:
The Children’s Blizzard,  1888
The Titanic Disaster, 1912
The Great Boston Molasses Flood, 1919
The Japanese Tsunami, 2011
The Henryville Tornado, 2012
The Kid's Guide to Money: Earning It, Saving It, Spending It, Growing It, Sharing It
Steven Otfinoski*****Whether you're managing $1 million or a monthly allowance, it's important to know what you're doing - and it's not too early for kids to learn. This guide tells kids how to keep track of the money they have, how to make it grow, how to make sure they don't get ripped off, and even how to choose a worthy cause for charity.
Life in the Polar Regions
Melvin Berger*****Describes the environment of the Polar Region. Includes wildlife, plants, and people.
Looking at Paintings: An Introduction to Fine Art for Young People
Erika Langmuir, Ruth Thomson*****Follow Mickey and his friends through this most magical of worlds as they show us how to look at, understand, and enjoy the works of the greatest artists.
Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Ancient Rome and Pompeii (A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House 13: Vacation Under the Volcano)
Mary Pope Osborne & Natalie Pope Boyce
Mental Floss Presents: Condensed Knowledge, a Deliciously Irreverent Guide to Feeling Smart Again
Will Pearson, Mangesh Hattikudur, Elizabeth Hunt*****Loaded with meaty trivia and tasty, bite-sized facts!

mental_floss is proud to offer a delicious, hearty helping of brain-food that's sure to fire up your neurons and tantalize your synapses. Condensed Knowledge is a mouthwatering mix of intriguing facts, lucid explanations, and mind-blowing theories that will satisfy even the hungriest mind!

Ingredients include:

5 tiny nations that get no respect • 4 civilizations nobody remembers • 5 classics written under the influence • 4 things your boss has in common with slime mold • 3 schools of thought that will impress the opposite sex • 4 things Einstein got wrong • 5 classical tunes you know from the movies • 3 famous studies that would be illegal today • 2 religious mysteries solved by chemistry • 5 scandals that rocked art, and much more ...
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Special Edition
Mary Packard, Editors of Ripley Entertainment*****Just in time for the holidays! The 2nd annual collection of the grossest, strangest, and most unbelievable facts, acts, and oddities ever recorded—it's Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Ripley's Believe it Or Not! ® 2004 is filled with hundreds of the latest fab facts, amazing acts, obscure oddities and much, much more...This must-have for collectors comes complete w/ full-color photos and Robert Ripley's original cartoons.

· Did you know that in Santa Ana, California it's against the law to swim on dry land?
· Have you heard about the seven acrobats who survived a major accident by jumping through the windows of their bus before it went over a cliff?
· Has anyone told you that the human body is worth about $4.50 cents?
Sound too crazy to be true? Believe it or Not! ®
Scholastic Book of World Records 2005
Jenifer Morse*****A LOT can change in a year, and the best-selling SCHOLASTIC BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS has been updated to include all the most recent events in sports, pop culture, and business.

Whether kids want to know which movie had the biggest box office opening weekend, who is the world's top-earning tennis player, or which state harvests the most catfish, the SCHOLASTIC BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS has all of the answers and much, much more! Over the past four years, kids, parents, and teachers have come to love this kid-friendly book.

Each of the 300 records in the book has its own page that includes a full-color photograph and a detailed description of the records. A colorful bar graph that ranks other records holders in the same category is also included.
Solo Sailing
Esther Ripley*****Stunning photographs and engaging, age-appropriate stories are guaranteed to capture a child's interest while developing reading skills and general knowledge. DK Readers allow progression from stories for beginning readers with simple sentences and word repetition through to stories with rich vocabulary and more challenging sentence structure for proficient readers.
Stress Can Really Get on Your Nerves!
Trevor Romain, Elizabeth Verdick*****More kids than ever feel worried, stressed out, and anxious every day. Their parents and teachers may not know—because kids don’t want to talk about it, or they don’t know how to put their worries into words. Their “secret stress” surfaces as stomachaches, headaches, fatigue, trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, and an inability to concentrate. These and other stress-related symptoms can have a negative effect on school performance, family life, and friendships.

From the best-selling authors of True or False? Tests Stink!, this book is a helping hand for kids and an eye-opener for adults. Reassuring words, silly jokes, and light-hearted cartoons let kids know they’re not the only worry-warts on the planet—and they can learn to manage their stress. A “What, Me Worry?” section describes the causes of stress and its physical and emotional effects. “How to Be a Panic Mechanic” gives kids ideas for dealing with stress and being stronger and more assertive.

Upbeat, positive, fact-filled, and friendly, this is the book on stress for kids and young adolescents.
Super Grammar
Tony Preciado*****Think grammar is difficult? You just need someone to save you from it!

The best learning tools for a young mind are word association, visual aids, and superpowers! In SUPER GRAMMAR, all of the major elements of grammar will be personified with superhero or super villain identities. You won't just learn about the part-of-speech called an adverb. Instead you'll meet the vibrant super heroine The Adverb, and you'll learn about her awesome ability to modify verbs and other adverbs. You won't simply be told that you shouldn't use a double negative in a sentence. Instead you'll actually meet the sinister twin brothers, Double Negative, and you'll learn how to avoid being tricked into falling for their double talk. The book's fun, full-color design looks like a mix between a reference book and a comic book. With SUPER GRAMMAR you'll learn to save yourself!
Superpowered: Transform Anxiety into Courage, Confidence, and Resilience
Jain, Renee, Tsabary, Dr. Shefali
Tales of the Cryptids: Mysterious Creatures That May or May Not Exist
Kelly Milner Halls, Rick Spears, Roxyanne Young*****
Tales of the Cryptids: Mysterious Creatures That May or May Not Exist
Kelly Milner Halls, Rick Spears, Roxyanne Young*****Everyone loves the stories of legendary creatures that just might really exist. This book relies on the latest information from cryptozoologists, experts who study these mysterious beings, and the counter-arguments are explored from experts who strongly believe they do not exist. Stories from eyewitnesses are recounted, as well. Included in the book are Bigfoot (Sasquatch), Loch Ness monster, Mokele Mbembe (Africa), Kongamato, Shunka Warak’in, Mapinguari (South America), giant squids, mermaids, coelocanths, and more. An extensive "For Further Investigation" section, offering readers more places to find information, concludes the book.
The Girls' Book: How to Be the Best at Everything
Juliana Foster*****A spiffy guide to anything and everything a girl could need to know!

How to do almost anything in one handy little book!

Want to be known for your unique style? Inside you'll learn how to design your own clothes (p. 35), do the perfect manicure (p. 82), or make your own lip gloss (p. 11).

Feel like impressing your friends? Show them how you can make a crystal (p. 16), juggle one-handed (p. 33), or deal with a bully (p. 42).

Bored and need something to do? Not anymore when you find out how to keep a secret diary (p. 88), make a scrapbook (p. 9), or put together a dance routine (p. 24).

And tons of other neat-o things you need to know how to do!
The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion
Kate Egan*****The New York Times bestseller by Suzanne Collins is now a major motion picture — and this is your guide to all of the movie's excitement, both in front of the camera and behind it.

Go behind the scenes of the making of The Hunger Games with exclusive images and interviews. From the screenwriting process to the casting decisions to the elaborate sets and costumes to the actors' performances and directors' vision, this is the definitive companion to the breathtaking film.
The Kids' Book of Chess
Harvey Kidder*****Illustrated Chess for Children was originally published in 1970. Now renamed, updated, newly illustrated, and presented with a custom-designed chess board and full set of chess pieces, the kids' book of chess and chess set introduces kids to the game that's inspired passion and challenge for over 900 years. Fantasy art captures the energy and excitement of chess's origins-the medieval battlefield-while a direct, lively text explains the game and its pieces in light of history. Readers are led through the fundamentals of beginning, middle, and end game, and shown winning strategies for offense and defense.

Selection of the Book-of-the-Month and Trumpet Book clubs. Suitable for ages 8-12. 792,000 copies in print. Illustrations by Kimberly Bulcken Root.
The Watercolor Artist's Bible
Marilyn Scott*****Master the art of watercolor painting this this comprehensive and compact guidebook. More than 100 step-by-step sequences demonstrate how to paint a wide range of subjects, including landscapes, buildings, people and still life. Over 180,000 copies sold worldwide.
Toys!: Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventions
Don Wulffson*****A fresh, intriguing look at the stories behind great toy inventions.

"Originally, Play-Doh only came in white. There's a good reason for this. You see, Play-Doh didn't start out as a toy. It started out as a product for cleaning wallpaper."

Have you ever wondered who invented Lego, Mr. Potato Head, or toy trains? Here are the fascinating stories behind these toy inventions and many others. Learn why the see-saw was popular with the Romans, how the Slinky was used during the Vietnam War, and the reason Raggedy Ann has a red heart on her chest that says "I love you." From dolls and checkers to pinball and the modern video game, there's a wide selection here for boys and girls alike.

With humor and wit, this intriguing book serves up slices of cultural history that will inspire young readers to start thinking up their own toy inventions.
George Sullivan*****The stories behind the headlines of real people who've been trapped in wells, mines, buildings, submarines, mountainsides, and airplanes.
Wonderbook of Fantastic Fold-Out Facts
Orbis Publishing*****This full-color action-packed book offers entertaining and useful information about high technology, animals and insects, the powers of nature, plus the amazing events, adventures, fears, and dreams of modern man. Learn about: The Human Jungle; Ordeal in the Andes; Fire; Star Wars; Icebergs; Laser Eye Surgery; Sumo Wrestlers; Stealth-The Invisible Warplane; The Venus flytrap; The Forgotten Jungle survivor; A Day in the Life of a Fly; Hunter-Killer Submarines; Nature's Night Fighters and much, much more! An encyclopedia of amazing information with four fold-out sections. Lavishly illustrated with color diagrams and color photos.
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Middle School
David Borgenicht, Ben H. Winters, Robin Epstein*****Homework, hormones, heartache...middle school has no shortage of perils. Never fear, the authors of the best-selling Worst-Case Scenario series return with a survival guide for those who are facingor just about to facethis big transitional time in school and life. The handbook is packed with funny-but-useful tips for the trickiest situations that crop up in middle school, like taking charge of a too-busy homework schedule, dealing with a cold shoulder from a friend who has suddenly become just too cool, avoiding common e-mail and cell phone disasters, and more.
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Student Edition
Joshua Piven*****The WORST CASE SCENARIO Survival Handbook - STUDENT EDITION by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht (Scholastic) Version
Zany Miscellany: A Mixed-Up Encyclopedia of Fun Facts!
Tom Jackson*****Incredible facts and features pair with innovative design to break the popular reference mold!

This zany miscellany isn't an ordinary encyclopedia by any measure. It's a collection of crazy, mixed-up, and highly addictive facts for young readers.

Inside, kids will find thousands of strange, interesting, and incredible facts served up in a completely random style, perfect for a generation born net-surfing. Bright, colorful layouts draw the reader into a web of information, and wormholes scattered throughout the text encourage readers to leap from spread to spread.