Pulling Back the Curtain on Magic

Pulling Back the Curtain on Magic Author Sheila Sweeny Higginson
ISBN-10 9781481437035
Year 2015-06-02
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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Learn the science behind amazing magic tricks in this fact-tastic nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series about the science of fun stuff! Did you know that every time a magician uses sleight of hand, he is secretly tracking your eye movements at the same time? How does a magician make a dove appear out of thin air? Amaze your friends with the secrets you learn in this fun, fact-filled Level 3 Ready-to-Read! A special section at the back of the book includes Common Core–vetted extras on subjects like geography and history, and there’s even a fun quiz so readers can test themselves to see what they’ve learned!

Science of Fun Stuff Ready to Read Value Pack

Science of Fun Stuff Ready to Read Value Pack Author Various
ISBN-10 1481489771
Year 2016-07-26
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Simon Spotlight
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Emerging readers will love this Level 3 Ready-to-Read value pack of six Science of Fun Stuff books for the price of four! For an added bonus, take a peek inside for tips to help your child become a reading star! Perfect for emerging readers, the Science of Fun Stuff series is full of engaging stories and quirky facts that will teach you everything you want to know about the behind-the-scenes physics, chemistry, and technology of baseball, amusement parks, magic, snow, candy, and airplanes! A special section at the back of each book includes Common Core–vetted extras on subjects like history, social studies, geography, and math, and there are even fun quizzes so readers can test themselves to see what they’ve learned! Plus, check the inside of the packaging for a bonus set of tips to help your reading star soar to new heights. Included in this Ready-to-Read value pack are: The Innings and Outs of Baseball The Thrills and Chills of Amusement Parks Pulling Back the Curtain on Magic! The Sugary Secrets Behind Candy The Cool Story Behind Snow How Airplanes Get from Here…to There!

Science of Fun Stuff to Go

Science of Fun Stuff to Go Author Various
ISBN-10 1481468685
Year 2016-09-13
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher
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Become an expert on your favorite sports, treats, magic tricks, and more in this fact-tastic boxed set of six nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read books that are part of a series about the science of fun stuff! Full of engaging science and quirky facts, this incredible Science of Fun Stuff collection will teach Level 3 readers everything they want to know about the behind-the-scenes physics, chemistry, and technology of baseball, amusement parks, magic, snow, candy, and airplanes! A special section at the back of each book includes Common Core–vetted extras on subjects like history, social studies, geography, and math, and there’s even fun quizzes so readers can test themselves to see what they’ve learned! Learning science has never been so much fun! Included in this Science of Fun Stuff boxed set are The Innings and Outs of Baseball; The Thrills and Chills of Amusement Parks; Pulling Back the Curtain on Magic!; The Cool Story Behind Snow; The Sugary Secrets Behind Candy; and How Airplanes Get from Here…to There!

Looking Up

Looking Up Author Joe Rao
ISBN-10 9781481479189
Year 2017-04-25
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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Did you know that comets are sometimes called "hairy stars?" Or that if you saw a sunset on the moon, the sun would look white because the moon doesn't have an atmosphere? You'll learn this and more as you become an expert on the objects in the sky. Plus, the book contains a special section about the August 2017 total eclipse of the sun that'll be visible throughout most of the United States.

How Airplanes Get from Here to There

How Airplanes Get from Here       to There Author Jordan D. Brown
ISBN-10 9781481461658
Year 2016-05-17
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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Learn all about the soaring science behind aerodynamic airplanes in this fact-tastic nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series about the science of fun stuff! Did you know that some military aircrafts are capable of “supersonic flight,” traveling at speeds faster than sound? Or that the Wright brothers designed the first airplane after studying the wings of birds? You’ll learn this and much more as you become an expert on the science behind airplanes. Amaze your friends with all you’ve learned in this engaging, fact-filled Level 3 Ready-to-Read! A special section at the back of the book includes Common Core–vetted extras on subjects like social studies and math, and there’s even a fun quiz so readers can test themselves to see what they’ve learned! Learning science has never been so much fun!

Fooling Houdini

Fooling Houdini Author Alex Stone
ISBN-10 9781446473306
Year 2012-07-05
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Random House
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Alex Stone, part of the underground magic circuit, is determined to take his lifelong hobby to the professional level, to reach the pinnacle of this bizarre world and become a master magician. Combining his passion for magic with his studies in Physics, Stone takes us on a journey through a strange and colourful subculture of brilliant characters - a blind card sharp, street-hustlers, Las Vegas showmen and world-leading scientists - as he seeks answers to the questions about the limits of perception and the psychology of deception and decision-making. By pulling back the curtain, Stone reveals the principles and history of some of the greatest tricks ever performed.

The Thrills and Chills of Amusement Parks

The Thrills and Chills of Amusement Parks Author Jordan D. Brown
ISBN-10 9781481428606
Year 2015-02-17
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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Learn the science behind the fun of amusement parks in this fact-tastic nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series about the science of fun stuff! Did you know that a rollercoaster does not need an engine or power source of its own? And how exactly does a bumper car go without gas? Young science lovers will flip when they learn about the science behind amusement parks in this fun, fact-filled Level 3 Ready-to-Read! A special section at the back of the book includes Common Core–vetted extras on subjects like geography and math, and there’s even a fun quiz so readers can test themselves to see what they’ve learned!

The Tricks and Treats of Halloween

The Tricks and Treats of Halloween Author Angela Murphy
ISBN-10 9781481409803
Year 2014-08-05
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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Unmask the haunted history of Halloween in this fact-tastic, nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series all about the history of fun stuff! Did you know that hundreds of years ago, people would carve Jack-O’-Lanterns out of turnips and potatoes? Or that today, Americans spend nearly two billion dollars each year on Halloween candy? Learn all about the not-so-scary history of Halloween in this fun, fact-filled book. A special section at the back of the book includes relevant info on subjects like social studies and science, and there’s even a fun quiz so you can test yourself to see what you’ve learned!

The Sugary Secrets Behind Candy

The Sugary Secrets Behind Candy Author Ellie O'Ryan
ISBN-10 9781481456289
Year 2015-12-22
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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Learn the sugar, spice, and science behind your favorite candies in this fact-tastic nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series about the science of fun stuff! Did you know there is a lot of science behind making candy? How about that “Red Hots” candies get their heat from a chemical called capsaicin—the same molecule that gives peppers their kick? And when you crunch on Wintergreen Lifesavers, they spark because you are making light with friction similar to the electricity in lightning: You might say you are making a miniature lightning storm in your mouth! Learn about these cool chemical reactions and much more as you become a Science of Fun Stuff Expert on candy! Amaze your friends with all you’ve learned in this engaging, fact-filled Level 3 Ready-to-Read! A special section at the back of the book includes Common Core–vetted extras on subjects like social studies and math, and there’s even a fun quiz so readers can test themselves to see what they’ve learned! Learning science has never been so much fun!

Razzle Dazzle

Razzle Dazzle Author Michael Riedel
ISBN-10 9781451672169
Year 2015-10-06
Pages 464
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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"A revered and provocative theater observer presents a grand history of the producers, directors, actors, and critics battling for creative and financial control of Broadway"--Front jacket flap.

Trust Us We re Experts PA

Trust Us  We re Experts PA Author Sheldon Rampton
ISBN-10 9781101144060
Year 2002-01-14
Pages 368
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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The authors of Toxic Sludge Is Good for You! unmask the sneaky and widespread methods industry uses to influence opinion through bogus experts, doctored data, and manufactured facts. We count on the experts. We count on them to tell us who to vote for, what to eat, how to raise our children. We watch them on TV, listen to them on the radio, read their opinions in magazine and newspaper articles and letters to the editor. We trust them to tell us what to think, because there’s too much information out there and not enough hours in a day to sort it all out. We should stop trusting them right this second. In their new book Trust Us, We’re Experts!: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles with Your Future, Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber, authors of Toxic Sludge Is Good For You, offer a chilling exposé on the manufacturing of "independent experts." Public relations firms and corporations know well how to exploit your trust to get you to buy what they have to sell: Let you hear it from a neutral third party, like a professor or a pediatrician or a soccer mom or a watchdog group. The problem is, these third parties are usually anything but neutral. They have been handpicked, cultivated, and meticulously packaged in order to make you believe what they have to say—preferably in an "objective" format like a news show or a letter to the editor. And in some cases, they have been paid handsomely for their "opinions." For example: You think that nonprofit organizations just give away their stamps of approval on products? Bristol-Myers Squibb paid $600,000 to the American Heart Association for the right to display AHA’s name and logo in ads for its cholesterol-lowering drug Pravachol. SmithKline Beecham paid the American Cancer Society $1 million for the right to use its logo in ads for Beecham’s Nicoderm CQ and Nicorette anti-smoking ads. You think that a study out of a prestigious university is completely unbiased? In 1997, Georgetown University’s Credit Research Center issued a study which concluded that many debtors are using bankruptcy as an excuse to wriggle out of their obligations to creditors. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen cited the study in a Washington Times column and advocated for changes in federal law to make it harder for consumers to file for bankruptcy relief. What Bentsen failed to mention was that the Credit Research Center is funded in its entirety by credit card companies, banks, retailers, and others in the credit industry; that the study itself was produced with a $100,000 grant from VISA USA, Inc. and MasterCard International; and that Bentsen himself had been hired to work as a credit-industry lobbyist. You think that all grassroots organizations are truly grassroots? In 1993, a group called Mothers Opposing Pollution (MOP) appeared, calling itself "the largest women’s environmental group in Australia, with thousands of supporters across the country." Their cause: A campaign against plastic milk bottles. It turned out that the group’s spokesperson, Alana Maloney, was in truth a woman named Janet Rundle, the business partner of a man who did P.R. for the Association of Liquidpaperboard Carton Manufacturers—the makers of paper milk cartons. You think that if a scientist says so, it must be true? In the early 1990s, tobacco companies secretly paid thirteen scientists a total of $156,000 to write a few letters to influential medical journals. One biostatistician received $10,000 for writing a single, eight-paragraph letter that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. A cancer researcher received $20,137 for writing four letters and an opinion piece to the Lancet, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and The Wall Street Journal. Rampton and Sta...

How This Book Was Made

How This Book Was Made Author Mac Barnett
ISBN-10 1423152204
Year 2016-09-13
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Disney-Hyperion
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You may think you know how this book was made, but you don't. Sure, the author wrote many drafts, and the illustrator took a long time creating the art, but then what? How'd it get into your hands? Well, open the cover and read through these pages to find out. Just beware of the pirates and angry tiger. New York Times best-selling creators Mac Barnett and Adam Rex reveal the nitty gritty process of making a book . . . with a few unexpected twists along the way! Budding writers and artists will laugh at the mix of reality and the absurd as the story makes its way to a shelf, and a reader.

What If

What If Author Randall Munroe
ISBN-10 9780544272996
Year 2014-09-02
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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The creator of the incredibly popular webcomic xkcd presents his heavily researched answers to his fans' oddest questions, including “What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?” and “Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?” 100,000 first printing.

Fool s Assassin

Fool s Assassin Author Robin Hobb
ISBN-10 9780553392432
Year 2014-08-12
Pages 688
Language en
Publisher Del Rey
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Nearly twenty years ago, Robin Hobb burst upon the fantasy scene with the first of her acclaimed Farseer novels, Assassin’s Apprentice, which introduced the characters of FitzChivalry Farseer and his uncanny friend the Fool. A watershed moment in modern fantasy, this novel—and those that followed—broke exciting new ground in a beloved genre. Together with George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb helped pave the way for such talented new voices as Scott Lynch, Brandon Sanderson, and Naomi Novik. Over the years, Hobb’s imagination has soared throughout the mythic lands of the Six Duchies in such bestselling series as the Liveship Traders Trilogy and the Rain Wilds Chronicles. But no matter how far she roamed, her heart always remained with Fitz. And now, at last, she has come home, with an astonishing new novel that opens a dark and gripping chapter in the Farseer saga. FitzChivalry—royal bastard and former king’s assassin—has left his life of intrigue behind. As far as the rest of the world knows, FitzChivalry Farseer is dead and buried. Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married to his childhood sweetheart, Molly, and leading the quiet life of a country squire. Though Fitz is haunted by the disappearance of the Fool, who did so much to shape Fitz into the man he has become, such private hurts are put aside in the business of daily life, at least until the appearance of menacing, pale-skinned strangers casts a sinister shadow over Fitz’s past . . . and his future. Now, to protect his new life, the former assassin must once again take up his old one. . . . Praise for Fool’s Assassin “Hobb knows the complicated workings of the wayward human heart, and she takes time to depict them in her tale, to tell her story sweetly, insistently, compellingly. . . . A book meant to be inhabited rather than run through.”—The Seattle Times “[FitzChivalry Farseer is] one of the best characters in fantasy literature.”—Fantasy Book Review “[Hobb’s] prose sparkles, her characters leap off the page.”—Tor.com “Modern fantasy at its irresistible best.”—The Guardian “Fantastic . . . emotionally rich storytelling.”—Library Journal (starred review) Praise for Robin Hobb “Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.”—George R. R. Martin From the Hardcover edition.