Full Book Bibliography
Chapter 5: Science Mix
Baldwin, Carol. Chemical Reactions. (Raintree Freestyle: Material Matters). Raintree Publishers, 2005. 48 p. (978-1844433582) Gr. 6+. Lots of photos and facts about chemical reactions.
Berk, Josh. Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. 230 p. (978-0375857010) Gr. 7–10. Sixteen-year-old Guy Langman, his best friend Anoop, and other members of the school Forensics Club investigate a break-in and a possible murder, which could be connected to the mysterious past of Guy’s recently-deceased father.
Branzei, Sylvia. Grossology. Price Stern Sloan, 2002. 80 p. (978-0843149142) Gr. 4+. Information on all types of gross things like flatulence and other bodily functions.
Cooney, Caroline. Code Orange. Ember, 2013. 224 p. (978-0307976147, pap.) Gr. 7+. While conducting research for a school paper on smallpox, Mitty finds an envelope containing 100-year-old smallpox scabs and fears that he has infected himself and all of New York City.
Curley, Robert. The 100 Most Influential Inventors of All Time. Britannica Educational Pub., 2010. 336 p. (978-1615300037 lib. bdg.) Gr. 9+. Chronologically arranged entries profile 100 of the world's most influential inventors from ancient times through the twentieth century.
Ferguson, Alane. The Christopher Killer: A Forensic Mystery. Sleuth/Viking, 2006. 274 p. (978-0670060085) Gr. 9+. On the payroll as an assistant to her coroner father, seventeen-year-old Cameryn Mahoney uses her knowledge of forensic medicine to catch the killer of a friend while putting herself in terrible danger.
Ferguson Publishing. Careers in Focus: Forensics. Ferguson, 2010. 204 p. (978-0816080205) Gr. 9+. Provides an overview of twenty careers in the forensics field, with information on education and training, job requirements, salary potential, responsibilities, and future outlook.
Grant, Michael. Plague: A Gone Novel. Katherine Tegan Books, 2012. 528 p. (978-0061449147, pap.) Gr. 8+. A deadly, flu-like epidemic and a plague of flesh-eating creatures threaten the lives of the children at Perdido Beach while Sam, Astrid, Caine, and Diana each struggle with doubts and uncertainties.
Gurstelle, William. The Art of the Catapult. Chicago Review Press, 2004. 192 p. (978-1556525261, pap.) Gr. 5+. Explores the colorful history of siege warfare and offers instructions and diagrams on how to build seven authentic working model catapults. Additional projects include learning how to lash and make rope and how to construct and use a hand sling and a staff sling.
Johnson, Rebecca L. Zombie Makers, True Stories of Nature’s Undead. 21st Century, 2012. 48 p. (978-0761386339) Gr. 5–8. While zombies are not real, there are some really gross things in science like the suicide worm and a cockroach taming wasp.
Kloepfer, John. The Zombie Chasers. HarperCollins, 2011. 224 p. (978-0761386339, lib. bdg.) Gr. 4+. When zombies take over Phoenix, Arizona, Zack Clarke, his best friend Rice, and his older sister’s mean friend Madison Miller team up to try to defeat the undead, or at least survive one another.
Leavitt, Loralee. Candy Experiments. Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2013. 160 p. (978-1449418366, pap.) Adult. Lots of exciting experiments to do with any leftover holiday candy (or any candy really).
Lew, Kristi. Chemical Reactions (Essential Chemistry). Chelsea House Publications, 2008. 114 p. (978-0791095317, lib. bdg.) Gr. 6+. From the Essential Chemistry series, a nonfiction book to inform teens.
Maberry, Jonathan. Rot and Ruin. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2011. 480 p. (978-1442402331, pap.) Gr. 6+. The first in a series about a post zombie apocalypse. Benny Imura was a baby and has been brought up by his half brother. Together they must go out and face some zombies to pull their weight in the society that has developed since the apocalypse.
MacLeod, Elizabeth. Bones Never Lie. Annick Press, 2013. 160 p. (978-1554514830) Gr. 5–8. Seven intriguing stories about historical royal figures whose demise was suspicious. Hard scientific facts about crime-solving techniques make each event seem like an episode of CSI rather than a history lesson.
Masoff, Jay. Oh, Yuck! The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty. Workman Publishing Company, 2000. 224 p. (978-0761107712, pap.) Gr. 4–8. A book of really disgusting facts about creatures, the human body, and even some gross experiments.
Mull, Brandon. The Candy Shop War. Shadow Mountain, 2009. 416 p. (978-1590389706, pap.) Gr. 3+. When fifth-graders Nate, Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon meet the owner of the new candy store in town and are given a magical candy that endows them with super powers, they find that along with its benefits there are also dangerous consequences.
Rigg, Annie. Halloween Treats: Simply Spooky Recipes for Ghoulish Sweet Treats. Ryland, Peters & Small, 2012. 64 p. (978-1849752527) Adult. Presents a collection of twenty Halloween dessert recipes.
Roach, Mary. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. W.W. Norton & Co., 2004. 303 p. (978-0393050936) Adult. Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science’s boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France’s first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800.
Rose, Malcolm. Framed! Kingfisher, 2007. 223 p. (978-0753459713, pap.) Gr. 5–8. Forensic scientist Luke Harding and his robot assistant must solve a series of on-campus murders.
Ryan, Carrie. The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Delacorte, 2010. 336 p. (978-0385736824) Gr. 9+. Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the Unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead. This is the first in a series.
Schuette, Sarah L. A Halloween Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Kids. Capstone Press, 2012. 32 p. (978-1429676199, lib. bdg.) Gr. K–6. Provides instructions and step-by-step photos for making a variety of simple snacks and drinks with a Halloween theme.
Chapter 6: Science Fiction and Fun
Adams, Douglas. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Crown, 2004. 224 p. (978-1400052929) Gr. 9+. A classic humorous science fiction novel that pokes fun at typical science fiction staples.
Andersen, M.T. Feed. Candlewick, 2012. 320 p. (978-0763662622, pap.) Gr. 7+. In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.
Bacigalupi, Paolo. The Drowned Cities. Little, Brown, 2012. 437 p. (978-0316056243) Gr. 10+. In a disturbing and dark-future America that has devolved into unending civil wars, orphans Mahlia and Mouse barely escape the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities, but their fragile safety is soon threatened. (Companion to Ship Breaker)
Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship Breaker. Little, Brown, 2010. 326 p. (978-0316056212) Gr. 9+. In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.
Burton, Bonnie. Star Wars Craft Book. LucasBooks, 2011. 176 p. (978-0345511164, pap.) Gr. 5+. A variety of Star Wars crafts, home décor, and wardrobe ideas.
Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game. Tor Science Fiction, 1994. 352 p. (978-0812550702, pap.) Gr. 9+. Aliens have attacked Earth numerous times and to prevent them from winning again they are breeding military geniuses, like Ender, and training them to win. Will Ender be smart enough to win? First in a series.
Condie, Ally. Matched. Speak, 2011. 400 p. (978-0142419779, pap.) Gr. 6+. In a perfect society All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, who to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn’t be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky’s face show up on her match disk as well?
Crewe, Megan. The Way We Fall. Hyperion, 2012. 320 p. (978-1423146162) Gr. 6+. Sixteen-year-old Kaelyn challenges her fears, finds a second chance at love, and fights to keep her family and friends safe as a deadly new virus devastates her island community.
Crockett, S. D. After the Snow. Feiwel and Friends, 2012. 288 p. (978-0312641696) Gr. 6+. Fifteen-year-old Willo Blake, born after the 2059 snows created a new ice age, searches for his family, who mysteriously disappeared from their frozen mountain home, and encounters outlaws, halfmen, and an abandoned girl along the way.
Dashner, James. The Maze Runner. Delacorte, 2010. 400 p. (978-0385737951, pap.) Gr. 7+. Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.
Datlow, Ellen (ed). After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia. Hyperion, 2012. 370 p. (978-1423146193) Gr. 7+. An anthology of nineteen tales about teens raised after a catastrophe, either in the first few years after the change or in the distant future.
DeStefano, Lauren. Wither. Simon & Schuster, 2011. 358 p. (978-1442409057) Gr. 9+. After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.
DeWane, Marian. Easy Chemistry Step-by-Step (Easy Step-by-Step series). McGraw-Hill, 2013. 224 p. (978-0071767880, pap.) Gr. 10+. The quickest route to learning a subject is through a solid grounding in the basics. So what you won’t find in Easy Chemistry Step-by-Step is a lot of endless drills. Instead, you get a clear explanation that breaks down complex concepts into easy-to-understand steps that, with the aid of helpful graphics, will enable you to grasp chemistry essentials.
DK Publishing. Star Wars Character Encyclopedia.DK Children, 2011. 208 p. (978-0756682538) Gr. 4+. Illustrated guide to Luke Skywalker, Jabba the Hut, and all of your favorite characters of the Star Wars galaxy.
Given, Kevin. The Great Science Fiction Trivia Quiz Book! Trivia Questions from the World of Sci-Fi in the Visual Media. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2008. 250 p. (978-1441406507, pap.) Adult. A book of trivia about science fiction movies.
Guran, Paula. Brave New Love: 15 Dystopian Tales of Desire. Robinson/RP Teens, 2012. 392 p. (978-0762442201, pap.) Gr. 9+. Presents a collection of fifteen stories about finding romance and danger in repressive, futuristic societies by such authors as Steve Berman, Jesse Karp, Diana Peterfreund, and Amanda Downum.
Hickam, Homer. Crater: A Helium-3 Novel. Thomas Nelson, 2013. 320 p. (978-1401686963, pap.) Gr. 7+. Crater, a teenaged Helium-3 miner living in the twenty-second century aspires to become a foreman, but leaves home and embarks on a dangerous journey into deep space in search of treasure.
Lowry, Lois. The Giver. Houghton Mifflin, 2012. 240 p. (978-0547995663) Gr. 6+. Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
Meyer, Marissa. Cinder. Feiwel and Friends, 2012. 390 p. (978-0312641894) Gr. 7+. Cinder, a gifted mechanic and a cyborg with a mysterious past, is blamed by her stepmother for her stepsister’s illness while a deadly plague decimates the population of New Beijing, but when Cinder's life gets intertwined with Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.
Meyer, Rich. The Science Fiction Quiz Book (e-book). Amazon Digital Services, 2012. 313 p. Offers 301 questions from science fiction books, films, and other media.
Moore, John, ed. Chemistry Made Simple. Broadway Books, 2004. 288 p. (978-0767917025, pap.) Gr. 7+. Presents a comprehensive guide to understanding the basic principles of chemistry and includes a glossary of chemical terms, periodic table, and detailed instructions on topics such as compounds, biochemistry, organic and nuclear chemistry, and the environment.
Nicholson, Scott. Everyone Plays at the Library: Creating Great Gaming Experiences for All Ages. Information Today, 2010. 240 p. (978-1573873987, pap.) Adult. A guide to developing gaming programs in school, academic, and public libraries, addressing questions about gaming in libraries, introducing a conceptual framework for classifying different types of gaming experiences in library settings, looking at each of five gaming archetypes, and explaining the process of planning, marketing, facilitating, and assessing a library gaming experience.
Oliver, Lauren. Delirium. HarperCollins, 2012. 480 p. (978-0061726835) Gr. 9+. Lena Haloway is content in her life in the dystopian community in which she lives. But she begins to discover love and some corruption in power.
Price, Lissa. Starters. Delacorte, 2012. 352 p. (978-0385742375) Gr. 7+. After biological warfare kills all adults under sixty, teenage Callie takes responsibility for her little brother. In need of money, she rents her body to wealthy elderly people wanting to be young “for a little while.”
Revis, Beth. A Million Suns. Razorbill, 2012. 386 p. (978-1595143983) Gr. 9+. Amy is unplugged and holds to the hope that life on “Godspeed” will be better with Elder in charge, but when she and Elder discover shocking news about the ship, they must race to decipher a puzzle while romance blossoms between them.
Rossi, Veronica. Under the Never Sky. HarperCollins, 2012. 400 p. (978-0062072047) Gr. 9+. When Aria, a sheltered and fragile Dweller, is exiled from her home in Reverie, she must face The Death Shop, a land filled with cannibals and dangerous energy storms, and her only hope for staying alive depends on Outsider Perry, a savage hunter.
Roth, Veronica. Divergent. HarperCollins, 2012. 496 p. (978-0062024022) Gr. 9+. In a dystopian Chicago, teens must decide to join a faction of society and then live with that choice.
Spotswood, Jessica. Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles). G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2012. 372 p. (978-0399257452) Gr. 8+. In an alternate New England of 1900, where the Brotherhood dominates and controls society, sixteen-year-old Cate Cahill has struggled since her mother’s death to keep secret that she and her younger sisters are witches, but when a governess arrives from the Sisterhood, everything changes.
VanCleave, Janice. Step-by-Step Science Experiments in Chemistry. Rosen Central, 2013. 80 p. (978-1448884650, pap.) Gr. 5–8. Provides step-by-step instructions for twenty-two chemistry experiments.
Ward, Rachel. Infinity (Numbers, book 3). Chicken House/Scholastic, 2012. 256 p. (978-0545350921) Gr. 9+. Adam, Sarah, and Mia are living together, struggling with the fame brought about by their knowing the dates when people will die, but ever since Mia swapped her number for another, her new power makes her a target that puts them all in jeopardy.
Westerfeld, Scott. Uglies. Simon Pulse, 2011. 432 p. (978-1416936381) Gr. 6+. Tally Youngblood has been looking forward to being turned pretty. But when her new friend shows her hoverboarding and tricky pranks, she starts to realize being pretty isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.
Chapter 7: Artistic Expression
Bonaddio, T.L. Stick It! 99 D.I.Y. Duct Tape Projects. Running Press, 2012. 264 p. (978-0762447534, pap.)Gr. 6+. Using teen language, this book is made for crafters to explore their creativity with sticky duct tape. Project ideas include, wallets, jewelry, etc.
DK Publishing, Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary. DK Publishing, 2010. 144 p. (978-0756668761) Gr. 6+. Updated information on Doctor Who, including the aliens, weapons, and other things in the Doctor Who universe.
Grant, K.M. Blue Flame: Book One of the Perfect Fire Trilogy. Walker Childrens, 2008. 256 p. (978-0802798459, pap.) Gr. 6+. In 1242 in the restive Languedoc region of France, Parsifal, having been charged as a child to guard an important religious relic, has lived in hiding for much of his life until he befriends a young couple on opposite sides of the escalating conflict between the Catholics and the Cathars.
Hartman, Rachel. Seraphina. Random House, 2012. 480 p. (978-0375866562) Gr. 7+. In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.
Holmes, Thom. Electronic and Experimental Music: Technology, Music, and Culture. Routledge, 4th ed., 2012. 544p. (978-0415896368, pap.) Adult. Provides a comprehensive history of electronic music, covering key composers, genres, and techniques used in both analog and digital synthesis.
Hopkin, Bart. Making Musical Instruments with Kids: 67 Easy Projects for Adults Working with Children. See Sharp Press, 2009. 152 p. (978-1884365485, pap.) Adult. A book for adults to help children make over sixty instruments.
Jones, Carrie. Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape). Flux, 2008. 288 p. (978-0738712574) Gr. 9+. When Belle, now a high school senior, has to deal with the possibility of finally sleeping with her duct-tape sculpting boyfriend, Tom; her best friend Em's unplanned pregnancy; and her mother’s blooming romance, the stress causes her seizures to return.
Kirn, Peter. The Evolution of Electronic Dance Music. Backbeat Books, 2011. 229 p. (978-1617130192, pap.) Adult. Electronic dance music was born in 1970s New York disco and 1980s Detroit techno. Over the years it has achieved international mainstream success with such subgenres as house, trance, and dubstep and has reshaped the popular musical landscape.
Meinking, Mary. Creative Nail Art for the Crafty Fashionista. Capstone Press, 2011. 32 p. (978-1429665520, lib. bdg.) Gr. 3–9. Wear your styles at the tips of your fingers with nifty nail art. Show your wild side and sport an animal print. Stay sweet with a lacy look. Go glam with blinged out tips or tattooed tootsies. Learn how to turn your nails into a personal fashion statement at the flick of a finger.
Mills, Claudia. Makeovers by Marcia (West Creek Middle School). Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005. 160 p. (978-0374346546) Gr. 4–8. At the beginning of eighth grade, all Marcia can think about is what nail polish to use, how to lose weight, and whether Alex will ask her to the dance, but after giving makeovers in a nursing home for a school project, she begins to appreciate the value of inner beauty.
Noel, Alyson. Dark Flame (Immortals). St. Martin’s Griffin, 2012. 336 p. (978-0312583750, pap.) Gr. 7+. A fourth novel in the Immortals series finds Haven transitioning to immortal live with the help of Ever. In their world of paranormal, they must fight evil to protect their futures.
Orr, Mike. Handmade Music Factory: The Ultimate Guide to Making Foot-Stompin’-Good Instruments. Fox Chapel Publishing, 2011. 160 p. (978-1565235595, pap.) Adult. Mike Orr shows you how to create instruments from everyday objects.
Tribe, Steve. Doctor Who: The Tardis Handbook. Random House, 2010. 128 p. OP. A reference guide to learn about all things Dr. Who as well as information about the Tardis.
Wilson, Joe. Ductigami: The Art of the Tape. Boston Mills Press, 2006. 96 p. (978-1550464290) Adult. Eighteen projects to use with plain duct tape using ripping and cutting.
Chapter 8: Free Speech
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999. 208 p. (978-0374371524) Gr. 6+. The story of a young girl who is trying to deal with the aftermath of a party where she called the police. She barely speaks anymore and we do eventually learn why.
Anonymous. Go Ask Alice. Simon Pulse, 2012. 192 p. (978-0671664589) Gr. 6+. A diary of a girl who becomes addicted to drugs.
Blume, Judy. Forever. Simon Pulse, 2007. 208 p. (978-1416934004) Gr. 10+. A story about first love and making big decisions.
Blume, Judy, ed. Places I Never Meant to Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers. Paw Prints, 2008. 202 p. (978-143529574, lib. bdg.) Gr. 6+. A collection of short stories accompanied by short essays on censorship by twelve authors whose works have been challenged in the past.
Carle, Eric. Draw Me a Star. Turtleback, 1998. 40 p. (978-0613048828, lib. bdg.) Gr. K+. A story about a young boy drawing his world.
Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of Being a Wallflower. MTV Books, 2012. 224 p. (978-1451696202) Gr. 9+. Through letters to an unnamed friend, an introspective wall flower navigates the journey into adulthoods with great friends.
Collier, James Lincoln. My Brother Sam Is Dead. Scholastic Paperbacks, 2005. 240 p. (978-0812439335, lib. bdg.) Gr. 6+. A classic story about a family torn apart by the Revolutionary War.
Cooney, Caroline B. The Face on the Milk Carton. Delacorte, 1986. 192 p. (978-0385323284) Gr. 6+. A young teenage girl recognizes a missing girl on a milk carton as herself and wants to get to the bottom of the mystery of who she is and where she’s from.
Cormier, Robert. The Chocolate War. Knopf, 1974. 264 p. (978-0394828053) Gr. 6+. A boy decides not to sell chocolates for a school fundraiser and it stirs up lots of trouble.
Crutcher, Chris. Athletic Shorts. Greenwillow Books, 2002. 208 p. (978-0060507831, pap.) Gr. 9+. Characters from Crutcher’s novels come up in six short stories about sports that will engage readers.
Ditchfield, Christin. Freedom of Speech. Scholastic, 2004. 47 p. (978-0516227986) Gr. 4+. A great nonfiction book about our First Amendment right.
McCormick, Patricia. Cut. Push, 2011. 176 p. (978-0545290791, pap.) Gr.6+. Blaming herself for her brother’s mental illness, Callie cuts herself and gets help for her own illness.
Meany, John. Speak Out! Debate and Public Speaking in the Middle Grades. Intl. Debate Education Assn, 2005. 188 p. (978-1932716023, pap.) Gr. 6–8. Teacher and student-friendly books with activities on teaching middle grade students about the art of debate.
Meyers, Walter Dean. Fallen Angels. Scholastic Paperbacks, 336 p. (978-0545055765, pap.) Gr. 6+. Set during the Vietnam War, a young man from Harlem realizes the evils of war and calls into question many issues on the war.
Park, Barbara. Mick Harte Was Here. Yearling, 1996. 96 p. (978-0679882039, pap.) Gr. 5+. Phoebe wants to introduce you to her brother Mick whose death in a bike accident has their whole family reeling.
Parnell, Peter & Richardson, Justin. And Tango Makes Three. Simon &Schuster for Young Readers, 2005. 32 p. (978-0060266684) G. K+. A story of two male penguins who raise a baby penguin in the zoo.
Sendak, Maurice. In the Night Kitchen. HarperCollins, 1996. 40 p. (978-0060266684) Gr. K–3. A picture book showing a dream world of a baker’s kitchen.
Chapter 9: Sparks
Aman, David. Fire Skills: 50 Methods for Starting Fires without Matches. Aman/Amazon Digital Services, 2012. 89 p. (B006VXS4TY). Adult. Inside you will find 50 methods for starting fires without matches. You will learn how to light fire with friction, chemicals, the sun, electricity, and sparks. You will learn how to start a fire with ice, guns, rocks, sticks, flashlights and even air.
Barnes, Jennifer Lynn. Trial by Fire: A Raised by Wolves Novel. Egmont USA, 2012. 376 p. (978-1606841686) Gr. 7+. Bryn, having become alpha of the Cedar Ridge Pack three months earlier, realizes that in order to protect her pack she must give in to her animal instincts and ignore her human behaviors. After an injured Were from Shay's pack shows up on her door seeking asylum, she learns Shay is using otherworldly powers to make a move against her.
Carson, Rae. The Girl of Fire and Thorns. Greenwillow Books, 2012. 448 p. (978-0062026484) Gr. 8+. Elisa, on her sixteenth birthday, became a secret wife of a king who wants her to be the chosen one. But becoming the chosen one comes with danger and even death.
Cashore, Kristin. Fire. Dial, 2009. 480 p. (978-0803734616) Gr. 6+. Fire is a beautiful girl who can control the minds of anyone near her. In Dells where she lives, war is coming and the mountains and forests are filled with evil.
Cobb, Vicki. Fireworks. Millbrook Press, 2006. 48 p. (978-0761327714, lib. bdg.) Gr. 3–6. Fireworks make any celebration a major event. Oohs and aahs accompany the spectacular light and sound show. But fireworks have a secret. Behind the fire and aerial displays is a lot of science. "Where's the Science Here?" answers the question for fireworks and reveals that they are more amazing than you ever imagined.
Collins, Suzanne. Catching Fire. Scholastic Press, 2009. 391 p. (978-0439023498) Gr. 6+. By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.
Cooney, Caroline B. Fog Snow Fire. Open Road Integrated Media, 2012. 450 p. (978-1453271001, pap.) Gr. 6–10. Christina who just moved into the Shevvington’s boarding house feels that her hosts are playing sick psychological games on her and her schoolmates.
Duncan-Aimone, Katherine. The Art of Jewelry: Polymer Clay: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration. Lark Books, 2006. 152 p. (978-1600596056, pap.) Adult. Contains instruction for fourteen jewelry projects using polymer clay, including necklaces, earrings, pins, pendants, bracelets, and brooches; and discusses equipment, tools, and safety. Includes a gallery of pieces and brief profiles of featured artists.
Gibson, Heath. Burn. Flux, 2012. 251 p. (978-0738730950, pap.) Gr. 6+. High school senior William “Wee Wee” Tucker may not be able to meet his pastor-father’s expectations, stop his mother’s drinking, or protect his gay brother, but his heroism as a volunteer firefighter has a big impact on his small Alabama town.
Hale, Shannon. Enna Burning. Bloomsbury, 2004. 300 p. (978-1582348896) Gr. 6+. Enna hopes that her new knowledge of how to wield fire will help protect her good friend Isi, the Princess Anidori,and all of Bayern against their enemies, but the need to burn is uncontrollable and puts Enna and her loved ones in grave danger. Two quizzes about this book are available at Hale’s website, www.squeetus.com/stage/books_quiz.htm.l
Holt, David and Bill Mooney. Ready-to-Tell Tales. Sure-Fire Stories from America’s Favorite Storytellers. August House, 2005. 224 p. (978-0874833812, pap.) Gr. 6+. Forty-two tales perfect for storytelling from different cultures from around the world.
Jones, Diana Wynne. Fire and Hemlock. Firebird, 2012. 438 p. (978-0142420140, pap.) Gr. 6+. At nineteen, Polly has two sets of sometimes overlapping, sometimes conflicting memories, the real-life ones of school days and her parents' divorce, and the heroic adventure ones that began the day she accidentally gate-crashed a funeral and met the cellist Thomas Lynn.
Jones, Diana Wynne. Howl’s Moving Castle. Greenwillow Books, 2008. 448 p. (978-0061478789) Gr. 6+. Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl where Calcifer, a fire demon also resides.
Keene, Carolyn. The Sign of the Twisted Candles. Grosset & Dunlap, 1959. 192 p. (978-0448095097) Gr. 2+. A Nancy Drew book, it is one of the favorites of the original Nancy Drew mysteries.
Lane, Andy. Rebel Fire (Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins). Square Fish, 2012. 342 p. (978-0374387686) Gr. 6–9. In 1868, teenage Sherlock Holmes discovers that his American tutor is hunting a notorious killer who was supposedly killed by the United States government, but who is apparently alive and well in Surrey, England.
London, Jonathan, adaptor. Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote Tale. Chronicle Books, 1997. 40 p. (978-0811814881) Gr. 3+. A myth originating from the Karuk of Northwest California telling the tale of how fire came to the people.
Matthews, Mark. A Great Day to Fight Fire: Mann Gulch, 1949. University of Oklahoma Press, 2007. 264 p. (978-0806138572) Gr. 9+. Recounts the story of the 1949 wildfire at Mann Gulch, Montana, that took the lives of thirteen firefighters.
McBride, Regina. The Fire Opal. Bluefire, 2012. 293 p. (978-0385737821, pap.) Gr. 7+. While invading English soldiers do battle in sixteenth-century Ireland, Maeve grows up with a mystical connection to a queen who, centuries before, faced enemies of her own.
Murphy, Jim. The Great Fire. Scholastic Press, 1995. 144 p. (978-0590472678) Gr. 5+. The story of the 1871 Chicago fire told from the perspectives of numerous survivors. A Newbery Honor Book.
Papademetriou, Lisa. Fury’s Fire. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. 242 p. (978-0375868627) Gr. 7+. The sequel to Siren's Storm finds best friends Will and Gretchen still haunted by otherworldly goings-on in their beach town on Long Island.
Park, Linda Sue. A Single Shard. Clarion, 2001. 152 p. (978-0395978276) Gr. 5–8. Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge near a potters’ village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself. Newbery Medal.
Patterson, James and Jill Dembowski. The Fire (Witch & Wizard). Little Brown and Company, 2012. 384 p. (978-0316101752) Gr. 6+. The third installment of the Witch and Wizard series, the twins Whit and Wisty Allgood have been fighting the evil “The One” and realize that they have to confront him even as he gets stronger.
Pavelka, Lisa. The Complete Book of Polymer Clay: Step-by-Step Instructions, Original Projects, Inspirational Gallery. Taunton Press, 2010. 221 p. (978-1600851285, pap.) Adult. Provides an introduction to polymer clay, its history, types, and use, discusses tools, accessories, and over seventy techniques for working with polymer clay, and includes instructions for several projects, as well as a gallery of polymer clay art.
Plum-Ucci, Carol. Fire Will Fall. Graphia, 2011. 492 p. (978-0547550077, pap.) Gr. 8+. Moved to a mansion in the South Jersey Pine Barrens, four teenagers, trying to recover from being poisoned by terrorists, struggle with health issues, personal demons, and supernatural events, as operatives try to track down the terror cell.
Scheunemann, Pam. Cool Clay Projects. Abdo Publishing, 2005. 32 p. (978-1591977407, lib. bdg.) Gr. 3–9. Introduces the tools, materials, and techniques of working with clay, and provides illustrated instructions for a selection of clay projects, including pens, beads, frames, and flowerpots.
Spangler, Steve. Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste. Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2012. 160 p. (978-1608321896, pap.) Gr. 3–6. A collection of science experiments that use affordable, easy-to-find materials to teach children basic scientific concepts, with step-by-step instructions and full color photographs for each activity.
Stalder, Erika. 97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School. Zest Books, 2008. 208 p. (978-0979017308, pap.) Gr. 9+. A book that suggests things to do that they don’t teach you in high school; includes how to make candles.
Taylor, Murry A. Jumping Fire: A Smokejumper’s Memoir of Fighting Wildfire. Mariner Books, 2001. 480 p. (9780156013970, pap.) Gr. 8+. Smokejumper Murry A. Taylor recounts more than twenty years of experience of jumping by parachute to fight fires in Alaska and the American West.
Weber, David and Jane Lindskold. Fire Season (Star Kingdom). Baen, 2012. 304 p. (978-1451638400) Gr. 7+. Stephanie Harrington, fourteen-year-old Provisional Forest Ranger on the planet Sphinx, can tell something is wrong with her alien treecat friend, Climbs Quickly, and with the help of Karl Zivonik and others, Stephanie is determined to save the treecat clan from disaster.
Willis, Clint, ed. Fire Fighters: Stories of Survival from the Front Lines of Firefighting. Thunder Mouth Press, 2002. 351 p. (978-1560254027, pap.) Gr. 7+. Contains more than twenty true accounts by and about firefighters who survived life threatening situations in the course of their work.
Woodford, Chris et al. Cool Stuff and How It Works. DK, 2009. 256 p. (978-0756658342, pap.) Gr. 5–8. Presents a comprehensive look into the world of technology explaining where many of these inventions came from and how they work, including iPods, neon lights, digital cameras, how fireworks explode, and much more.
Chapter 10: Spark a Change
Arbor Day Foundation. What Tree Is That? A Guide to the More Common Trees Found in North America. Arbor Day Foundation, 2009. 164 p. (978-0963465757, pap.) Adult. A step-by-step guide to identifying 250 species of trees found in North America that poses questions about physical characteristics of trees to help identify them.
Blaustein, Arthur I. Make a Difference: America’s Guide to Volunteering. Jossey-Bass, 2003. 160 p. (978-0787968045, pap.) Adult. Offers information on how to get started in many areas of volunteering.
Carter, Rosalyn. Kids’ Random Acts of Kindness. Conari Press, 1994. 122 p. (978-0943233628, pap.) Gr. 3–6. Presents brief anecdotes in which children tell of random acts of kindness they have received or committed.
Conari Press, ed. Practice Random Acts of Kindness: Bring More Peace, Love, and Compassion into the World. Conari Press, 2007. 230 p. (978-1573242721, pap.) Adult. A collection of meditations, quotations, and true stories about the people who have been inspired to practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty, along with suggestions on how people can use their acts of kindness to change the world around them.
Conari Press, ed. Random Acts of Kindness. Conari Press, 2002. 194 p. (978-1573248532, pap.) Adult. Presents brief anecdotes in which people tell of random acts of kindness they have committed or that they have benefitted from, and includes a selection of related quotations.
D’Cruz, Anna-Marie. Make Your Own Purses and Bags (Do It Yourself Projects!) PowerKids Press, 2009. 24 p. (978-1435828568, lib. bdg.) Gr. 3–6. This book isn’t just for girls. All readers will enjoy making a wallet, drawstring gym bag, and MP3-player bag. Other projects include a magazine bag and a mini parfleche, a Native American carryall.
Giono, Jean. The Man Who Planted Trees. Shambhala, 2000. 70 p. (978-1570625381) Gr. 7+. Presents the story of a lonely man in southeastern France whose lifetime work was to plant one hundred acorns each day for thirty years in order to transform the countryside.
Hyde, Catherine Ryan. Pay It Forward: A Novel. Simon & Schuster, 2010. 320 p. (978-1439170403, pap.) Adult. A young boy who believes in the goodness of human nature sets out to change the world with his seemingly simple plan, but he soon learns that some people are not willing to help him.
Lewis, Barbara A. The Teen Guide to Global Action: How to Connect with Others (Near & Far) to Create Social Change. Paw Prints, 2008. 135 p. (978-1435265868, lib. bdg.) Gr. 7+. Includes real-life stories, hands-on activities, and up-to-date resources that inspire kids to make significant social changes in the world such as fighting hunger and poverty, promoting health and human rights, and saving the environment.
Robbins, Jim. The Man Who Planted Trees: Lost Groves, Champion Trees, and an Urgent Plan to Save the Planet. Spiegel & Grau, 2012. 240 p. (978-1400069064) Adult. David Milarch, a northern Michigan nurseryman with a penchant for hard living, had a vision: angels came to tell him that the earth was in trouble. Its trees were dying, and without them, human life was in jeopardy. The solution, they told him, was to clone the champion trees of the world—the largest, the hardiest, the ones that had survived millennia and were most resilient to climate change—and create a kind of Noah’s ark of tree genetics. Without knowing if the message had any basis in science, or why he’d been chosen for this task, Milarch began his mission of cloning the world’s great trees.
Sheldon, Dyan. The Crazy Things Girls Do for Love. Candlewick Press, 2011. 352 p. (978-0763650186) Gr. 7+. When fashionista Sicilee, arty Maya, and antisocial Waneeda risk their reputations by joining Clifton Springs High School's Environmental Club to be near gorgeous new student Cody Lightfoot, each finds a new way of looking at the world.
Sivertsen, Linda and Tosh Sivertsen. Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life. Simon Pulse, 2008. 248 p. (978-1416961222, pap.) Gr. 6+. Offers ideas on living sustainably for teenagers, discussing global warming, shopping, dressing, eating, traveling, and other related topics.