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A book illustration
Here are a few books Elaine loves and wants to share with you --and a science activity for each
Kepler's Dream book cover
Juliet Bell

Kepler’s Dream

About the Book: When eleven-year-old Ella’s mother has to be hospitalized to undergo a dangerous cancer treatment, Ella spends the summer at “Broken Family Camp” with her eccentric grandmother, whom she’s never met. The situation is hardly ideal for either of them. Ella is scared her mother may die, but her grandmother seems to care more […]

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Science Connection: North-South and Local Noon (Sundials, Part 2) by Laura Cotts

What came from the stars book cover
Gary D. Schmidt

What Came from the Stars

About the Book: The Valorim are about to fall to a dark lord when they send a necklace containing their planet across the cosmos, hurtling past a trillion stars all the way into the lunchbox of Tommy Pepper, sixth grader, of Plymouth, Mass. Mourning his late mother, Tommy doesn’t notice much about the chain he found, […]

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Related Activity: The Not-So-Alien Language by Rosalyn Eves

Breadcrumbs book cover
Anne Ursu

Breadcrumbs

About the Book: Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. They had been best friends since they were six, spending hot Minneapolis summers and cold Minneapolis winters together, dreaming of Hogwarts and Oz, superheroes and baseball. Now that they were eleven, it was weird for a boy and a girl to be best […]

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Jacob Wonderbar
Nathan Bransford

Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow

About the Book: Jacob Wonderbar is used to detentions, but when a spaceship crashes near his house, he finds himself in a whole new level of trouble. After swapping a corn dog for the ship, he and his two best friends, Sarah Daisy and Dexter, take off on a madcap adventure. They accidentally cause an epic […]

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Science Connection: Galaxy Art

Drums, girls and dangerous pie book cover
Jordan Sonnenblick

Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie

About the Book: Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven’s world is turned upside down. He is forced to deal with […]

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Related Activity: Drum Talking by Chelsea Gardner

Snow Treasure book club
Marie McSwigan

Snow Treasure

About the Book: In the bleak winter of 1940, Nazi troops parachuted into Peter Lindstrom’s tiny Norwegian village and held it captive. Nobody thought the Nazis could be defeated–until Uncle Victor told Peter how the children could fool the enemy. It was a dangerous plan. They had to slip past Nazi guards with nine million dollars […]

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Science connection: Another Snow Treasure: Ice Cream by Chelsea Gambles

The Magic Half book cover
Annie Barrows

The Magic Half

About the Book: Miri is the only single child in the middle of a family with two sets of twins–older brothers and younger sisters. When the family moves to an old farmhouse Miri accidentally travels back in time to 1935 only to discover Molly, a girl in need of a real family to call her own. […]

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Science Connection: Magnifying Glass Magic

Mr. Popper's Penguins
Richard and Florence Atwater

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

About the Book: The Poppers unexpectedly come into possession of a penguin, then get a penguin from the zoo who mates with the first penguin to have 10 baby penguins. Before long, something must be done before they eat the Poppers out of house and home! A classic of American humor, this story of a gentle […]

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Science Connection: The Science of Ice

Ice Fall bookc cover
Matthew Kirby

Icefall

About the Book: Trapped in a hidden fortress tucked between towering mountains and a frozen sea, Solveig, along with her brother the crown prince, their older sister, and an army of restless warriors, anxiously awaits news of her father’s victory at battle. But as winter stretches on, and the unending ice refuses to break, terrible acts […]

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Science Connection: The Science of Ice

Beezus and Ramona book cover
Beverly Cleary

Beezus and Ramona

About the Book: Ramona Quimby is the youngest of all the famous characters in Mrs. Cleary’s wonderful Henry Huggins stories. She is also far and away the most deadly. Readers of the earlier books will remember that Ramona has always been a menace to Beezus, her older sister, to Henry, and to his dog Ribsy. It […]

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Science Connection: Weight and Mass