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Battle of the Dinosaur Bones

By Rebecca L. Johnson Lerner Books Ages 12-18 Think scientists always agree? Hah! Not likely! Science is not nearly as pure and exact as some would have you believe. And the people who work in the field are not always motivated purely by the love of acquiring new knowledge.

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Eye Color: Brown, Blue, Green, and Other Hues

By Jennifer Boothroyd Lerner books Ages 8-11 Take a mirror and gaze deeply into your eyes. What color are they? Brown? Blue? Hazel? Have you ever noticed how many eye colors there are out there? Why do some people have blue eyes, and why do so many people have brown ones?

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The Haunting of Apartment 101

By Megan Atwood Lerner Books Ages 12-15 Jinx has a chip on her shoulder. Before, other teens at school ignored her existence, so she changed her personality. Now they know she exists because they’re scared of her. Well, maybe that’s a step up.

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Once Upon a Toad

By Heather Vogel Frederick Simon and Schuster Ages 10-14 Astronaut mother now in space? Check. Going to live with Dad, who has remarried and now has a stepdaughter and a new son? Check. Missing your home and friends? Check. Getting along fine with your dad, stepmother, and half brother who is incredibly cute? Check. Surviving [...]

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Hair Traits: Color, Texture, and More

By Buffy Silverman Lerner Books Ages 8-11 Your friend has red hair. Yours is black. Your brother’s is curly, but yours is straight. Why all the differences? This nonfiction book explains it all, clearly and easily, with lots of great photographs of people from many ethnicities. Learn a bit about genetics, pigments, and alleles.

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Homo

By Michael Harris Lorimer Ages 13-17 Harris’s book is a gritty and harrowing, but ultimately uplifting and reassuring story of Will, a seventeen year old boy just entering into his last year of high school. Having been outed on Facebook after a weekend party over the summer, Will has no idea how his entry into [...]

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The Terror of Black Eagle Tavern

By Megan Atwood Lerner Books Ages 12-15 Outsider, Jinx, and her friend Jackson (a jock) are back in their second adventure. They run a sort of business looking into paranormal activities in Portland, Oregon. So far they’ve only done favors for other students and that’s the case here. A haunted tavern has turned bad.

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Red Fever and Black Tide

By Caroline Clough Floris Books Ages 10-15 Suppose that a plague has spread across the Earth, killing most of the population. The few people left are struggling to survive. Now, add that the dogs seem to have gained unusual intelligence. They’re organizing and they seem to have a plan. What do you do?

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Blood Brothers in Louisbourg

By Philip Roy Cape Breton University Press Ages 14-18 It is 1744. The French have a fort in Louisbourg in the new world. The English also have a claim to the area, as does the Mi-kmaw tribe. This fort becomes the focal point of a collision of both cultures and beliefs. Jacques is a young [...]

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The Worst Tornadoes of All Time

By Terri Dougherty Capstone Ages 10-15 Do you like books about weird and dangerous weather? Hey, this is the book for you. It’s a great nonfiction book that teaches you a little something about tornadoes, then introduces you to 11 horrific tornadoes, or tornado cells and the destruction they caused. You’ll see pictures of the [...]

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