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Cover: Stories of Titanic's Children

A noteworthy review of Titanic Stories from Horn Book Guide on October 1, 2016

Titanic Stories series. Providing a wealth of in-depth information, intimate details, and lesser-known facts about the Titanic, this series explores every aspect of the doomed voyage in readable narratives. With a focus on the perspectives of individual travelers, each book is aided by its… View →

 
Cover: Abby Sunderland: Alone on the Indian Ocean

A noteworthy review of True Stories, Real People from Horn Book Guide on October 1, 2016

True Stories, Real People series. Each short, inspiring biography is divided into four or five chapters written in an objective, unpretentious manner. Quotation sources are fastidiously footnoted and listed in the back matter. Navigation is easy thanks to clean layouts and a simple color… View →

 
Cover: Cats

A noteworthy review of In the Barnyard from Children's Bookwatch on October 1, 2016

‘Cats’ is an introduction to the world of domestic cats from the series, In the Barnyard, written for young readers age 5 and up. ‘Cats’ has information on domestic cat colors, characteristics, claws, eating hunting, and life expectancy, plus multiple color photo portraits of many different… View →

 
Cover: Missions of the Delta Force

A noteworthy review of Military Special Forces in Action from Horn Book Guide on October 1, 2016

Military Special Forces in Action series. This series briefly profiles special forces units designed to perform difficult and dangerous missions. Each volume provides a history of the unit’s origin and its mission, as well as the grueling and strenuous training involved. Brief vignettes… View →

 
Cover: Dogs

A noteworthy review of Pet Care from Horn Book Guide on October 1, 2016

Pet Care series. Published fall 2015. Straightforward but limited descriptions of pets aim to prepare readers for ownership of each animal; sections discuss living environment, diet, and care required. Layouts feature simple text in blue and red circles and photographs with arrow-shaped… View →

 
Cover: California Wildfires Survival Stories

A noteworthy review of Natural Disaster True Survival Stories from Horn Book Guide on October 1, 2016

Natural Disaster True Survival Stories series. In a series about real-life disaster survival, these volumes focus on weather-related events in the U.S. In each book, a brief introduction describes the disaster and four or five chapters detail real individuals’ involvement. Gripping… View →

 
Cover: Exploring Beyond Our Solar System

A noteworthy review of Wonders of Space from Horn Book Guide on October 1, 2016

Wonders of Space series. Accounts of major events in space exploration—including the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, Voyager probes, Mars rovers, and Hubble telescope as well as recent missions to Saturn and Pluto—are presented in short narrative formats, with numerous quotes from those… View →

 
Cover: Guarding Supermax Prisons

A noteworthy review of Highly Guarded Places from Booklist on October 1, 2016

If the swirling lengths of razor wire don’t ensnare readers, the chance to look into a cell in the most secure prison in the U.S. will. Kicking off with bank robber Jack Powers’ prison escape and relocation to Colorado’s federal supermax prison, the Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX)… View →

 
Cover: On the Hunt with Black Mambas

A noteworthy review of On the Hunt with Animal Predators from Horn Book Guide on October 1, 2016

On the Hunt with Animal Predators series. These slight books present basic information about reptiles of tropical swamps and grasslands. Characteristics of each species are recounted including their habitats, social behaviors, food sources, and nurturing of offspring. The simply written… View →

 
Cover: Haiti Earthquake Survival Stories

A noteworthy review of Natural Disaster True Survival Stories from Horn Book Guide on October 1, 2016

Natural Disaster True Survival Stories series. In a series about real-life disaster survival, this volume focuses on the earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. A brief introduction describes this disaster, followed by five chapters that detail real individuals’ involvement. Gripping… View →

 
Cover: Behind the Wheel of a Dirt Bike

A noteworthy review of In the Driver's Seat from Horn Book Guide on October 1, 2016

In the Driver’s Seat series. These books focus on what a young reader might experience while driving the featured vehicle. The second-person narration includes pertinent information about the vehicles; color photos and occasional sidebars support the texts. Safety issues are mentioned… View →

 
Cover: The Chilean Miners: Buried Alive

A noteworthy review of True Stories, Real People from Horn Book Guide on October 1, 2016

True Stories, Real People series. Integrating objective, fact-based narration and primary source quotations, this title communicates the hardships and applauds the fortitude of the Chilean men who were trapped in the San Jose Mine for sixty-nine days. Simple layouts use call-out boxes… View →