Neroscience

  1. Gifted Hands, Ben Carson
  2. Phineas Gage





Microbiology

The Hot Zone, Richard Preston


Professional

  1. Fish
  2. Classroom Motivation
  3. The Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv



General Science

National Science Teacher Visit this site to see more about the entries they have chosen below. These are books I thought were interesting.

Science Detectives: How Scientists Solved Six Real-Life Mysteries. Editors of YES Magazine. Illustrated by Rose Cowles. Kids Can Press. 48pp. Trade ISBN 1-55337-994-2, $15.95; Paperback ISBN 1-55337-995-0, $8.95. (P, E) Emphasizing that science is often about solving mysteries, this book presents scientists using scientific methodology and logic to unravel puzzles as diverse as a typhoid outbreak, a crashed plane, and the nature of DNA. Augmenting the text are hands-on activities and sidebars with related solved mysteries and facts. Index. CVM (II, VII, VIII)


Guinea Pig Scientists: Bold Self-Experimenters in Science and Medicine. Leslie Dendy and Mel Boring. Illustrated by C.B. Mordan. Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. 213pp. Trade ISBN 0-8050-7316-7, $19.95. (E, I) Scientific facts that are taken for granted become real. Ten scientists’ lives are revealed; they experimented on themselves to further their own research. Unbelievable tests are described about everything from digestion to surviving in caves for months. Students will be fascinated. Author’s Note, History Timetable, Resources, Quotation Sources, Index. BGS (II, VII)


Invisible Allies: Microbes That Shape Our Lives. Jeanette Farrell. Illustrated with prints and photographs. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Books for Young Readers. 176pp. Library ISBN 0-374-33608-3, $17. (I, A) This book contains five sections on different microbes that positively impact our lives. Sections include historical to present-day information on bacteria and cheese, yeast and bread, bacteria and the cocoa bean (chocolate), bacteria and digestion, and decomposition. The book is very readable and accompanied by black-and-white pictures and illustrations. Introduction, Glossary, Notes and Bibliography, Illustration Credits, Index. DTC (IV, VIII, VII)


Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems. Joyce Sidman. Illustrated by Beckie Prange. Houghton Mifflin Company. 32pp. Trade ISBN 0-618-13547-2, $16. (P, I) This book brings to life many of the organisms found in a pond, through verse. The poetry is supported by additional text and colorful illustrations. Glossary. DAG (IV)





Science Detectives: How Scientists Solved Six Real-Life Mysteries. Editors of YES Magazine. Illustrated by Rose Cowles. Kids Can Press. 48pp. Trade ISBN 1-55337-994-2, $15.95; Paperback ISBN 1-55337-995-0, $8.95. (P, E) Emphasizing that science is often about solving mysteries, this book presents scientists using scientific methodology and logic to unravel puzzles as diverse as a typhoid outbreak, a crashed plane, and the nature of DNA. Augmenting the text are hands-on activities and sidebars with related solved mysteries and facts. Index. CVM (II, VII, VIII)

Marie Curie: The Woman Who Changed the Course of Science. Philip Steele. Illustrated with prints and photographs. National Geographic Children’s Books. 64pp. Trade ISBN 0-7922-5387-6, $17.95; Library ISBN 0-7922-5388-4, $27.90. (A) This fascinating biography depicts the remarkable life of Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel prize. Through timelines, photographs, and compelling text, the author documents both Curie’s struggles in her dangerous research into radioactivity and her determination to make lasting contributions to society. Bibliography, Glossary, Index. PJC (III, VII, VIII)

Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium. Carla Killough McClafferty. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Books for Young Readers. 144pp. Trade ISBN 0-374-38036-8, $18. (I) This comprehensive biography of Marie Curie begins with the challenges in her early life as a female in occupied Poland to become educated and ends with her legacy and success in discovering two new elements. This book tells the emotional story of Curie’s life. Excellent photographs and engaging readability accentuate this wonderful story. Source Notes, Selected Bibliography, Recommended Websites, Acknowledgments, Illustration Credits, Index. DTC (VII, III, VIII)



Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium. Carla Killough McClafferty. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Books for Young Readers. 144pp. Trade ISBN 0-374-38036-8, $18. (I) This comprehensive biography of Marie Curie begins with the challenges in her early life as a female in occupied Poland to become educated and ends with her legacy and success in discovering two new elements. This book tells the emotional story of Curie’s life. Excellent photographs and engaging readability accentuate this wonderful story. Source Notes, Selected Bibliography, Recommended Websites, Acknowledgments, Illustration Credits, Index. DTC (VII, III, VI


Diving to a Deep-Sea Volcano (Scientists in the Field). Kenneth Mallory. Illustrated with photographs. Houghton Mifflin Company. 64pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-618-33205-2, $17. (I) This book is a thrilling explanation and has incredible photographs of the exploration of deep-sea thermal vents. While describing the deep-sea diving submarine Alvin, this book is filled with adventure, great deep-sea science discovery, and an explanation of chemosynthetic ecosystems. This fascinating story ends with questions for further deep-sea exploration. Acknowledgments, Glossary, Suggestions for Further Reading, Index. DTC (V, VI, II)

Health and Science
[[image:/main/news/stories/images/sc/0703/CBCStar.jpg width="16" height="16" align="left"]]The Facts About Cocaine (Drugs). Suzanne LeVert. Illustrated with prints and photographs. Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books. 112pp. Library ISBN 0-7614-1973-X, $37.95. (I, A) This is an important book for both parents and teenagers. It shows the dangers of cocaine use to the individual and its damaging effects on society. It also describes how cocaine distribution is being combated and how people can be rehabilitated with treatment and self-help groups. Glossary, Further Information, Index. CDC (IV, VII)
Killing Germs, Saving Lives: The Quest for the First Vaccines (National Geographic Science Quest). Glen Phelan. Illustrated with prints and photographs. National Geographic Children’s Books. 64pp. Trade ISBN 0-7922-5537-2, $17.95; Library ISBN 0-7922-5538-0, $25.90. (I) Told from a historical perspective, this book presents the work of scientists and healthcare providers who have observed, experimented, and accidentally discovered vaccines. The book demonstrates people’s changing ideas about diseases and the time needed for new discoveries. It also mentions ongoing efforts to find new vaccines. Enhanced by photographs and artwork. Glossary, Resources, Index, Timeline. PLB (VIII, VII, IV)
Peanut Butter, Milk, and Other Deadly Threats: What You Should Know About Food Allergies. Sherri Mabry Gordon. Illustrated with photographs. Enslow Publishers. 112pp. Library ISBN 0-7660-2529-2, $31.93. (I, A) Starting with a firsthand account of the potentially deadly effects of food allergies, this book explains the science of allergic reactions, immune system response, and treatment. It discusses the impact of living with allergies and efforts related to awareness, advocacy, and scientific research. Information is supported through detailed citations. Author’s Note, Chapter Notes, Glossary, Resources, Index. PLB (VII, IV)


Deadly Invaders: Virus Outbreaks Around the World, From Marburg Fever to Avian Flu. Denise Grady. Illustrated with photographs. Kingfisher/Houghton Mifflin Company. 128pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-7534-5995-9, $16.95. (I, A) Viruses, diseases, and an emerging epidemic… this text starts with a fictional story of a possible flu outbreak in the United States and then medical reporter Denise Grady leads readers on a somewhat terrifying journey of emerging diseases. To gain a better understanding of these deadly viruses, the author gives in-depth coverage of Marburg fever, avian flu-H5N1, HIV/AIDS, West Nile, and SARS. Source Notes, Further Reading, Internet Resources, Acknowledgments, Picture Credits, Index. HDRC (IV, VII, VIII, II)

Parasites: Latching On to a Free Lunch. Paul Fleisher. Illustrated with photographs. Lerner Publishing Group. 112pp. Trade ISBN 0-8225-3415-0, $29.27. (A) This incredible book discusses parasites of all kinds. Beautifully illustrated and detailed, this book discusses parasites that thrive on fungi, plants, worms, protists, insects, and vertebrates. The book ends with a discussion of the reasons there are so many parasites, the evolution of parasites, and the war against parasites. List of Major Human Parasites, Glossary, Selected Bibliography, Further Reading and Websites, Index. DTC (IV, VII, VIII)

Oh, Rats! The Story of Rats and People. Albert Marrin. Illustrated by C.B. Mordan. Dutton Children’s Books/Penguin Young Readers Group. 48pp. Trade ISBN 0-525-47762-4, $16.99. (E) This unusual subject makes for a most intriguing book! By combining science, history, culture, and folklore, the author introduces us to the fascinating world of rats. Necessary to medical breakthroughs, helpful in wartime, carrier of diseases, and tasty delicacy—all of these describe this marvel of nature and true survivor. Bibliography, More Books to Read. PJC (IV)


Influenza: The Next Pandemic? Connie Goldsmith. Illustrated with prints and photographs. Lerner Publishing Group. 112pp. Trade ISBN 0-7613-9457-5, $27.93. (A) Viruses are much simpler than bacteria. This book details the difference between viruses and bacteria and describes the composition of a virus and its search for a host. The author creates a seamless blend of history and science to tell about the impact of the flu on generations before us, the possible impact of another pandemic, how to prevent the flu, and how to care for patients. Vignettes interspersed throughout make this important book real for readers. Alternative Opinions, Glossary, Resources, Source Notes, Selected Bibliography, Index. NJP (IV, VII)


Influenza: The Next Pandemic? Connie Goldsmith. Illustrated with prints and photographs. Lerner Publishing Group. 112pp. Trade ISBN 0-7613-9457-5, $27.93. (A) Viruses are much simpler than bacteria. This book details the difference between viruses and bacteria and describes the composition of a virus and its search for a host. The author creates a seamless blend of history and science to tell about the impact of the flu on generations before us, the possible impact of another pandemic, how to prevent the flu, and how to care for patients. Vignettes interspersed throughout make this important book real for readers. Alternative Opinions, Glossary, Resources, Source Notes, Selected Bibliography, Index. NJP (IV, VII)