Planetary Science: Explore New Frontiers

Planetary Science: Explore New Frontiers

What do you see when you look up into the sky at night? The moon, stars, maybe even a comet or asteroid? You can also see other planets! In Planetary Science: Explore New Frontiers, readers ages 12 to 15 embark on a journey through the solar system and beyond, exploring planets, moons, dwarf planets, exoplanets, and everything in-between.

  • The dwarf planet Pluto has recently been explored for the first time, returning amazing and unexpected information that sparks the curiosity of children hearing about previously unexplored lands.
  • Science classes for this age group discuss the images and test results being relayed from rovers on Mars.
  • Planetary science combines the STEM fields of astronomy, geology, physics, and chemistry.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $17.95
  • Hardcover, $22.95
  • eBook, $12.99

Grade Level 7–9

Ages 12–15

Subjects

  • Earth/Space Science

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What do you see when you look up into the sky at night? The moon, stars, maybe even a comet or asteroid? You can also see other planets! In Planetary Science: Explore New Frontiers, readers ages 12 to 15 embark on a journey through the solar system and beyond, exploring planets, moons, dwarf planets, exoplanets, and everything in-between.

  • The dwarf planet Pluto has recently been explored for the first time, returning amazing and unexpected information that sparks the curiosity of children hearing about previously unexplored lands.
  • Science classes for this age group discuss the images and test results being relayed from rovers on Mars.
  • Planetary science combines the STEM fields of astronomy, geology, physics, and chemistry.

Praise for The Science of Science Fiction by Matthew Brenden Wood:

Publishers Weekly
In this intriguing addition to the Inquire and Investigate series, Wood explores the science behind cloning, time travel, and other science fiction staples. . . Comics, sidebars, and experiments offer a variety of approaches to the topics (such as using a microwave and chocolate bar to calculate the speed of light), and QR codes provide links to supplemental online resources. It’s an engrossing look at how science and fiction converge and diverge.” Read the complete review online.

Booklist
“This latest addition to the award-winning Inquire and Investigate series will be a welcome acquisition for librarians wanting to spice up their STEAM collections. Accessible text, multiple subheadings, guiding questions, and follow-up activities, plus a bevy of graphics (sidebars, cartoons, fact blurbs, bulleted lists, charts, graphs, vocabulary lab exercises, scannable QR codes, primary resources), tackle six familiar science fiction themes: cloning, robots, colonizing Mars, interstellar travel, time travel, and aliens. Fictional characters, settings, and gadgets mesh with science fact and theory, making the technical going easier (and a lot more entertaining). . . an excellent way to capture students’ imaginations, whether they’re of the science and technology or literature and video-arts persuasion.”

School Library Journal
“Blockbuster hits like Star Wars and Jurassic Park have plots, settings, and technology that could exist only in the far distant future. But as science advances and new discoveries are made, fantastical sci-fi technologies might be closer to reality than one may think. This title compares fictional stories with real-life scientific breakthroughs, including artificial intelligence, cloning, space travel, and beyond. Older examples such as H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine and more contemporary movie releases like 2015’s The Martian are cited. After presenting a work of sci-fi and its fictional aspects, the author uses information and theories about the subject to explain how possible or impossible it is presently and in the future (for instance, the chances of humans traveling to Mars or cloning a woolly mammoth). Accompanying the main text on each page are additional facts, photos, and short comics infused with a bit of corny humor. . . VERDICT Jam-packed with high-interest material, this selection will be useful for science classes or literature units that cover the books mentioned within.”

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The Brain: Journey Through the Universe Inside Your Head

Amazon.com #1 Hot New Release in Teen & Young Adult Biology Books

Eric Chudler, Executive Director, Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
“Clear writing and colorful graphics make The Brain: Journey Through the Universe Inside Your Head a terrific resource for young learners interested in learning about those three pounds of tissue in our heads.”

Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation

Winner 2013 Silver Moonbeam Children’s Book Award

Winner 2013 Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award

Dwight E. Adams, Ph.D., Director, Forensic Science Institute, University of Central Oklahoma
“This age-appropriate book is an excellent example of both the breadth of forensic science and the amalgamation of science, art, technology, and law. It provides excellent hands-on exercises to reinforce the content.”

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Can You Spot Mercury?

Although it’s one of the brightest objects in the sky, seeing the closest planet to the sun isn’t easy. As seen from Earth, it never strays far from the sun’s blinding glare. Many famous astronomers are rumored to have never seen the elusive planet.

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Grade Level: 7–9
Ages: 12–15
Subjects: Earth/Space Science,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 4-color interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Praise for The Science of Science Fiction by Matthew Brenden Wood:

Publishers Weekly
In this intriguing addition to the Inquire and Investigate series, Wood explores the science behind cloning, time travel, and other science fiction staples. . . Comics, sidebars, and experiments offer a variety of approaches to the topics (such as using a microwave and chocolate bar to calculate the speed of light), and QR codes provide links to supplemental online resources. It’s an engrossing look at how science and fiction converge and diverge.” Read the complete review online.

Booklist
“This latest addition to the award-winning Inquire and Investigate series will be a welcome acquisition for librarians wanting to spice up their STEAM collections. Accessible text, multiple subheadings, guiding questions, and follow-up activities, plus a bevy of graphics (sidebars, cartoons, fact blurbs, bulleted lists, charts, graphs, vocabulary lab exercises, scannable QR codes, primary resources), tackle six familiar science fiction themes: cloning, robots, colonizing Mars, interstellar travel, time travel, and aliens. Fictional characters, settings, and gadgets mesh with science fact and theory, making the technical going easier (and a lot more entertaining). . . an excellent way to capture students’ imaginations, whether they’re of the science and technology or literature and video-arts persuasion.”

School Library Journal
“Blockbuster hits like Star Wars and Jurassic Park have plots, settings, and technology that could exist only in the far distant future. But as science advances and new discoveries are made, fantastical sci-fi technologies might be closer to reality than one may think. This title compares fictional stories with real-life scientific breakthroughs, including artificial intelligence, cloning, space travel, and beyond. Older examples such as H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine and more contemporary movie releases like 2015’s The Martian are cited. After presenting a work of sci-fi and its fictional aspects, the author uses information and theories about the subject to explain how possible or impossible it is presently and in the future (for instance, the chances of humans traveling to Mars or cloning a woolly mammoth). Accompanying the main text on each page are additional facts, photos, and short comics infused with a bit of corny humor. . . VERDICT Jam-packed with high-interest material, this selection will be useful for science classes or literature units that cover the books mentioned within.”

Praise for other science titles in the Inquire and Investigate Series:

The Brain: Journey Through the Universe Inside Your Head

Amazon.com #1 Hot New Release in Teen & Young Adult Biology Books

Eric Chudler, Executive Director, Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
“Clear writing and colorful graphics make The Brain: Journey Through the Universe Inside Your Head a terrific resource for young learners interested in learning about those three pounds of tissue in our heads.”

Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation

Winner 2013 Silver Moonbeam Children’s Book Award

Winner 2013 Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award

Dwight E. Adams, Ph.D., Director, Forensic Science Institute, University of Central Oklahoma
“This age-appropriate book is an excellent example of both the breadth of forensic science and the amalgamation of science, art, technology, and law. It provides excellent hands-on exercises to reinforce the content.”


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Can You Spot Mercury?

Although it’s one of the brightest objects in the sky, seeing the closest planet to the sun isn’t easy. As seen from Earth, it never strays far from the sun’s blinding glare. Many famous astronomers are rumored to have never seen the elusive planet.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

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