A book illustration


A book illustration
Here are a few books Elaine loves and wants to share with you --and a science activity for each
The Lemonade War
Jacqueline Davies

The Lemonade War

About the Book: Evan Treski is people-smart. He is good at talking with people, even grownups. His younger sister, Jessie, on the other hand, is math-smart—but not especially good at understanding people. She knows that feelings are her weakest subject. So when their lemonade war begins, there really is no telling who will win—and even more […]

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Science Connection: Fizzy Lemonade!

The Evolution of Capurnia Tate book cover
Jacqueline Kelly

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

About the Book: Calpurnia Virginia Tate is eleven years old in 1899 when she wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are so much bigger than the green ones.With a little help from her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist, she figures out that the green grasshoppers are easier to see against the yellow […]

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Science Connection: Drinking Juice and Making a Plant Terrarium by Helen Boswell

The Cavendish Home book cover
Claire Legrand

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls

About the Book: Victoria hates nonsense. There is no need for it when your life is perfect. The only smudge on her pristine life is her best friend Lawrence. He is a disaster—lazy and dreamy, shirt always untucked, obsessed with his silly piano. Victoria often wonders why she ever bothered being his friend. (Lawrence does too.) […]

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Science Connection: A Rainbow of Ants by Heather Hawke

Flush book cover
Carl Hiaasen


About the Book: You know it’s going to be a rough summer when you spend Father’s Day visiting your dad in the local lockup. Noah’s dad is sure that the owner of the Coral Queen casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor–which has made taking a dip at the local beach like swimming in a toilet. […]

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Science Connection: Graphing Water Pollution by Hope Braithwaite

How Oliver Olson Changed the World book cover
Claudia Mills

How Oliver Olson Changed the World

About the Book: Oliver Olson’s teacher is always saying that one person with a big idea can change the world. But how is Oliver supposed to change the world when his parents won’t let him do anything on his own – not his class projects or even attending activities such as the space sleepover at school. […]

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Science Connection: Solar System Model

Popular Clone book cover
M.E. Castle

Popular Clone

About the Book: Meet Fisher Bas: 12 years-old, growth-stunted, a geeky science genius, and son of the Nobel Prize-winning creators of the Bas-Hermaphrodite-Sea-Slug-Hypothesis. No surprise: Fisher isn’t exactly the most popular kid in his middle-school, tormented daily by the beefy, overgrown goons he calls The Vikings. But he senses relief when he comes upon the idea […]

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Reading Connection: The Power of Audio Books by Tasha Seegmiller

The Year the Swallows Came Early
Kathryn Fitzmaurice

The Year the Swallows Came Early

About the Book: Eleanor “Groovy” Robinson loves cooking and plans to go to culinary school just as soon as she’s old enough. But even Groovy’s thoughtfully-planned menus won’t fix the things that start to go wrong the year she turns eleven–suddenly, her father is in jail, her best friend’s long-absent mother reappears, and the swallows that […]

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Science Connection: Feed the Birds 

Here comes science

Here Comes Science

I thought I’d mix it up a little by reviewing a great science album for kids, Here Comes Science by They Might Be Giants. If you’re like me, you remember They Might Be Giants from the days when they were recording songs like Istanbul for adults. Now they have several albums for kids that are fun, educational, and often […]

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The Reinvention of Edison Thoman
Jacqueline Houtman

The Reinvention of Edison Thomas

About the Book: Eddy Thomas can read a college physics book, but he can’t read the emotions on the faces of his classmates at Drayton Middle School. He can spend hours tinkering with an invention, but he can’t stand more than a few minutes in a noisy crowd, like the crowd at the science fair, which […]

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Science Connection: Elemental ornaments, aka gumdrop molecules