Inventing the Hybrid Car

From the Set The Spark of Invention

Compelling narrative nonfiction text presents the story of the hybrid car's invention: why there was a need for it, its design and testing, the science behind it, and its lasting impact. Additional features to aid comprehension include a table of contents, fact-filled captions and callouts, infographics, a glossary, sources for further research, a listing of source notes, and an introduction to the author.

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  • Racing Toward the Future
  • Steam, Gasoline, and Electric
  • The Problem with Gasoline
  • A Cleaner Car
  • Glossary
  • To Learn More
  • Source Notes
  • Index
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Dewey 629.22
Lexile 780
ATOS Reading Level 4.8
Guided Reading Level S
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781503807082
Copyright 2016
Number of Pages 24
Dimensions 6.5 x 9
Graphics Full-color photographs, Full-color illustrations

A noteworthy review of The Spark of Invention from Horn Book Guide on October 1, 2016

Spark of Invention series. These books examine the history and technological underpinnings of these modern machines. Each volume hits on a few key people and events critical to the creation of the technology as well as to the products’ broad popularity. The books are quite short, though, and don’t provide much more than basic information about these technologies. There are four other spring 2016 books in this series. Reading list, timeline. Glos., ind.

A noteworthy review of The Spark of Invention from School Library Journal on April 1, 2016

These highlights in the history of modern technology offer light doses of names and dates, along with nontechnical descriptions of significant early tweaks or innovations. The volumes take snowboarding from the time it was called ‘snurfing’ through Shaun White’s legendary run in the 2010 Olympics, computers from UNIVAC to the Apple II, and mobile phones from Marty Cooper’s first taunting call to a competitor in 1973 to the introduction of the iPhone in 2007. Despite occasional gaps—Laine skips any mention of how color TV came to be—these titles will help young readers pair a range of common tools and toys with the often obscure men (all men, here) who make them possible.