The Space Race: How the Cold War Put Humans on the Moon

The Space Race: How the Cold War Put Humans on the Moon

Written by Matthew Brenden Wood 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 7–9

What do you see when you look up at the night sky? The potential for amazing discoveries and scientific advancement? During the 1950s and ‘60s, some people also saw a place that needed to be claimed.

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The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War

Written by Barbara Diggs 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 7–9

More than 58,000 American troops and personnel died in the humid jungles and muddy rivers of Vietnam during the 20-year conflict. But why? What were they fighting for? And how could the world’s most powerful military be defeated by a small, poverty-stricken country?

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Globalization: Why We Care About Faraway Events

Globalization: Why We Care About Faraway Events

Written by Carla Mooney 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 7–9

Have you noticed that our planet is becoming increasingly connected?

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World War II: From the Rise of the Nazi Party to the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb

World War II: From the Rise of the Nazi Party to the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb

Written by Diane Taylor 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 7–9

Why did the world find itself immersed in another global conflict only two decades after World War I?

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Planetary Science: Explore New Frontiers

Planetary Science: Explore New Frontiers

Written by Matthew Brenden Wood 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 7–9

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.

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Terrorism: Violence, Intimidation, and Solutions for Peace

Terrorism: Violence, Intimidation, and Solutions for Peace

Written by Carla Mooney 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 7–9

Why did terrorists attack the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001? The answer to that question is ancient, complicated, and crucial to a perceptive understanding of the global community we live in today. In Terrorism: Violence, Intimidation, and Solutions for Peace, readers ages 12 to 15 explore the history, causes, psychology, and potential solutions to the problem of terrorism in an. . . MORE


The Civil War: The Struggle that Divided America

The Civil War: The Struggle that Divided America

Written by Judy Dodge Cummings 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 7–9

Slavery or freedom? The question of whether the United States should continue to allow slavery or make all people free was the question that pitted the states against each other in a brutal war. In The Civil War: The Struggle that Divided America, readers ages 12 to 15 explore America’s Civil War through the eyes and ears of the men and women who were touched by the conflict that left more. . . MORE


Cells: Experience Life at its Tiniest

Cells: Experience Life at its Tiniest

Written by Karen Bush Gibson 
Illustrated by Alexis Cornell 
Grade Level 7–9

Every living thing, from the common cold to every plant, animal, and person on Earth, is made up of cells. In Cells: Experience Life at Its Tiniest, readers ages 12 to 15 investigate these basic building blocks of life and learn how they affect our health, reproduction, criminal investigations, and agriculture!

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The Holocaust: Racism and Genocide in World War II

The Holocaust: Racism and Genocide in World War II

Written by Carla Mooney 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 7–9

About 11 million people were killed during the Holocaust, when the Nazi regime carried out systemic mass murder of Jewish people, Soviet civilians, criminals, the disabled, mentally ill, and other groups of people. In The Holocaust: Racism and Genocide in World War II, readers ages 12 to 15 learn about the long history of anti-Semitism and the events of one of the deadliest genocides in. . . MORE


Human Movement: How the Body Walks, Runs, Jumps, and Kicks

Human Movement: How the Body Walks, Runs, Jumps, and Kicks

Written by Carla Mooney 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 7–9

Why do we walk on two legs? How do our muscles know how to work together when we dance? In Human Movement: How the Body Walks, Runs, Jumps, and Kicks, readers ages 12 to 15 learn the basic anatomy and physiology of the human body and discover how bones, muscles, organs, and nerves work together to make walking, running, and all other movement possible.

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The Science of Science Fiction

The Science of Science Fiction

Written by Matthew Brenden Wood 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 7–9

Alien civilizations, artificial intelligence, time travel—is there any truth in these exciting ideas? In The Science of Science Fiction, readers ages 12–15 explore the science behind classic and modern science fiction stories, many of which inspired today’s inventors and innovators.

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Shakespeare: Investigate the Bard’s Influence on Today’s World

Shakespeare: Investigate the Bard’s Influence on Today’s World

Written by Andi Diehn 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 7–9

Shakespeare didn’t write zombie flicks, but without the play Romeo and Juliet, the movie Warm Bodies would never have been made! In Shakespeare: Investigate the Bard’s Influence on Today’s World, readers explore the language and themes of five Shakespeare plays and discover their reach in today’s books, music, and movies.

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Human Migration: Investigate the Global Journey of Humankind

Human Migration: Investigate the Global Journey of Humankind

Written by Judy Dodge Cummings 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 7–9

Human Migration: Investigate the Global Journey of Humankind retraces the paths of our ancestors, from our common roots in Africa to the complexity of today’s immigration practices, and invites readers ages 12 to 15 to explore questions about political conflict, environmental challenges, and the future of human migration.

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Chemistry: Investigate the Matter that Makes Up Your World

Chemistry: Investigate the Matter that Makes Up Your World

Written by Carla Mooney 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 7–9

What do your body and your chair have in common? They’re both made of matter! In Chemistry: Investigate the Matter that Makes Up Your World, readers 12 through 15 delve into the fascinating world of protons, neutrons, and electrons and discover how they combine to create everything we know.

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The Great Depression: Experience the 1930s From the Dust Bowl to the New Deal

The Great Depression: Experience the 1930s From the Dust Bowl to the New Deal

Written by Marcia Amidon Lusted 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 7–9

In The Great Depression: Experience the 1930s from the Dust Bowl to the New Deal, readers ages 12 to 15 compare and contrast the America of today with an America that saw extreme unemployment, food riots, the Dust Bowl, the invention of the analog computer, and the first splitting of the atom.

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Comparative Religion: Investigate the World Through Religious Tradition

Comparative Religion: Investigate the World Through Religious Tradition

Written by Carla Mooney 
Illustrated by Lena Chandhok 
Grade Level 7–9

Over 7 billion people live on the earth, and 84 percent of them describe themselves as being religious. What does that mean? Few topics incite such passion as religion. Why are humans invested in ideas that may never be proved? Why has religion played such an important role in history?

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The Brain: Journey Through the Universe Inside Your Head

The Brain: Journey Through the Universe Inside Your Head

Written by Carla Mooney 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 7–9

Why do we do and say the things we do and say? The Brain: Journey Through the Universe Inside Your Head introduces students to the fascinating world of the human brain and its effect on behavior. Readers learn about the main anatomy and functions of the brain while discovering the brain’s role in learning, memory, communication, and emotions. Kids are also introduced to the effects of sleep,. . . MORE


Civic Unrest: Investigate the Struggle for Social Change

Civic Unrest: Investigate the Struggle for Social Change

Written by Marcia Amidon Lusted 
Illustrated by Lena Chandhok 
Grade Level 7–9

From the American Revolution to the French Revolution, from the Civil Rights era in the United States to Arab Spring in the Middle East, the ongoing battle for freedom and democracy is a profound and fascinating study of the power of human will to change the world. And the story of civic unrest doesn’t end with a promise. The revolution doesn’t simply stop when protesters go home.. . . MORE


The Roaring Twenties: Discover the Era of Prohibition, Flappers, and Jazz

The Roaring Twenties: Discover the Era of Prohibition, Flappers, and Jazz

Written by Marcia Amidon Lusted 
Illustrated by Jennifer Keller 
Grade Level 7–9

The 1920s is one of the most fascinating decades in American history, when the seeds of modern America were sown. The Roaring Twenties: Discover the Era of Prohibition, Flappers, and Jazz immerses young people in the politics, social change, music, and literature of the time. There was also a dark side of crime and corruption, racial intolerance, hard times for immigrants and farmers, and an. . . MORE


Physics: Investigate the Mechanics of Nature

Physics: Investigate the Mechanics of Nature

Written by Jane Gardner 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 7–9

Have you ever noticed that the physical world works in certain ways? When you push an object it moves. Skateboarders use force and motion to perform tricks. If you jump up as high as you can, you’ll quickly fall back to the ground. Baseball players use gravity to bring the ball back down when they throw it. When you flip a switch, electricity powers your toaster. Rock bands use. . . MORE


Genetics: Breaking the Code of Your DNA

Genetics: Breaking the Code of Your DNA

Written by Carla Mooney 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 7–9

Why do children resemble their parents and siblings? Introducing young readers to the fascinating world of genetics, this educational resource presents the main concepts of the science, including what a chromosome does, how DNA is structured, and how genetic inheritance works. Students learn about new discoveries in the field of genetics and how those discoveries have helped to cure or even. . . MORE


Music: Investigate the Evolution of American Sound

Music: Investigate the Evolution of American Sound

Written by Donna Latham 
Illustrated by Bryan Stone 
Grade Level 7–9

The United States boasts a rich musical diversity. Early Americans discovered ways to weave European traditions with new cultural influences to compose a unique musical identity. African traditions influenced hymns and folk songs that connected people to religion and to the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Patriotic tunes created unity in wartime. Even now, America’s jazz, blues,. . . MORE


Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation
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Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation

Written by Carla Mooney 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 7–9

Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation introduces students to the fascinating world of forensic science and shows them how to find clues, analyze evidence, and crack the case.

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