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The Science of Science Fiction

Matthew Brenden Wood, illus. by Tom Casteel. Nomad (IPG, dist.), $17.95 trade paper (128p) ISBN 978-1-61930-470-3

In this intriguing addition to the Inquire and Investigate series, Wood explores the science behind cloning, time travel, and other science fiction staples. A nifty timeline contrasting real-world developments with their pop culture predecessors (such as smartwatches and Dick Tracy) sets the stage for discussions of robotics, genetics, astronomy, and the theory of relativity. Comics, sidebars, and experiments offer a variety of approaches to the topics (such as using a microwave and chocolate bar to calculate the speed of light), and QR codes provide links to supplemental online resources. It’s an engrossing look at how science and fiction converge and diverge. Ages 12–15. (Feb.)

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Engineering: The Riveting World of Buildings and Machines!

Simon Basher and Tom Jackson. Kingfisher, $14.99 (128p) ISBN 978-0-7534-7310-8

This addition to the long-running Basher Science series introduces concepts in engineering, visually represented by chunky, anime-style figures. Divided into seven color-coded categories, the book introduces members of the “Mechanical Mob” (which include Ramp, Lever, and Pump), “Design Dynamos” such as Ergonomics and Artificial Intelligence (“I’m still relatively young, and my first real job is to suggest products and ads you might like on the Internet”), and dozens of other tangible and intangible concepts, structures, and devices. The upbeat, first-person narratives and quirky art create an inviting way for children to learn about the breadth of what engineering can mean. Ages 10–14. (Jan.)

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Mission to Pluto: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt

Mary Kay Carson, photos by Tom Uhlman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99 (80p) ISBN 978-0-544-41671-0

In this entry in the Scientists in the Field series, Carson and Uhlman trace the efforts of NASA scientist Alan Stern and his team as they sent the spacecraft New Horizons to Pluto. The narrative opens in July 2015, just as the first images of the dwarf planet were unveiled. Carson then backtracks to explore the path that led to this feat, including Clyde Tombaugh’s 1930 discovery of Pluto, campaigns to mount a Pluto mission, and how the New Horizons project took shape. Carson maintains a thrilling sense of immediacy, bolstered by Uhlman’s on-the-scene photos—and, of course, New Horizon’s dramatic images of Pluto and its fellow residents of the Kuiper belt. Ages 10–12. (Jan.)

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Fault Lines & Tectonic Plates: Discover What Happens When the Earth’s Crust Moves

Kathleen M. Reilly, illus. by Chad Thompson. Nomad (IPG, dist.), $17.95 trade paper (128p) ISBN 978-1-61930-465-9

Reilly provides a detailed examination of the movements of tectonic plates, and the effects of those movements, in this addition to the Built It Yourself series. Throughout, Reilly poses relevant questions (“Are there any benefits to earthquakes? Do they serve a valuable purpose for our planet?”), discusses scientists’ hypotheses about Earth, and invites readers to get involved via 25 activities, which include cooking molten rock candy, making a cardboard box seismograph, and creating a Jackson Pollack–style painting of an erupting volcano. Thompson’s cartoon spot illustrations break up the book’s substantial text. It’s a solid starting point for readers interested in Earth’s geology. Ages 9–12. (Jan.)

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DK Findout! Sharks

Sarah Fowler. DK, $10.99 trade paper (64p) ISBN 978-1-4654-5751-6

This handy guide to sharks is one of four titles kicking off a print companion series to the DK Findout! website. After briefly recapping sharks’ characteristics and history on Earth, Fowler goes on to discuss various types (including dogfish, sawsharks, mackerel sharks, and ground sharks), their anatomy, and how they live, reproduce, and hunt. Photographs dominate the image-centric layout, augmented by informational bursts and sidebars, quizzes, and interviews. It’s a brief but thorough overview of an always fascinating predator, housed in an engaging, accessible format. Simultaneously available: Ancient Egypt, Pirates, and Stone Age. Ages 6–9. (Jan.)

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Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth

Molly Bang, illus. by Penny Chisholm. Blue Sky, $18.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-545-80541-4

Bang continues her Sunlight series with a poetic, in-depth exploration of the sun’s role in the water cycle. Once again, the sun speaks directly to readers, explaining that our planet’s water is in a constant state of movement and change: “I keep water moving, cycling from sea to air to land and back again. I keep the cycle in balance.” The vibrant blues, greens, and blues of Chisholm’s folk-art-style artwork underscore the connections between sun, water, and life, while clarifying evaporation, currents, and other topics. Bang’s lyrical writing draws into sharp focus the importance of protecting and cherishing water. An extensive afterword provides a wealth of additional detail. Ages 4–8. (Jan.)

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Abraham

Frank Keating, illus. by Mike Wimmer. S&S/Wiseman, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4424-9319-3

Following George and Theodore, Keating and Wimmer continue their Mount Rushmore series with an intimate recounting of the life of Abraham Lincoln. The first-person narration creates a great deal of that intimacy, as Lincoln recounts his humble upbringing, lifelong love of reading, and years of work that preceded his political life. Direct quotations are included, though sometimes dropped unceremoniously into the narrative (“I once walked twenty miles to borrow a book. ‘The things I want to know are in books’ ”). Wimmer’s oil paintings skillfully represent Lincoln at several stages of life, and Keating ends on a hopeful note at the close of the Civil War. Ages 6–9. (Jan.)

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The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist

Cynthia Levinson, illus. by Vanessa Brantley Newton. Atheneum, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4814-0070-1

Levinson returns to the subject of We’ve Got a Job as she recounts, for a younger audience, the story of Audrey Faye Hendricks and her role in the 1963 Children’s March in Birmingham, Ala. Moving briskly through events, Levinson explains how the young Hendricks was eager to stand up to segregation, marching alongside thousands of fellow students, who were subsequently arrested. Newton’s bright, digitally assembled collages adeptly highlight the danger of the situation—grim cells, barbed-wire fences, children blasted with fire hoses—while emphasizing the power of the marchers’ collective efforts to push back against injustice. Ages 5–10. Author’s agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary. Illustrator’s agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (Jan.)

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The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Elizabeth Zunon. Atheneum, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-4814-6824-4

Weatherford (Freedom in Congo Square) and Zunon (Don’t Call Me Grandma) vibrantly capture the setbacks and triumphs of African-American performer Lena Horne, tracing her rise from a Brooklyn childhood to a singer and actress who faced persistent racism. Quotations from Horne and others provide sharp insight into her struggles (“They don’t give us a chance very often, and when they do, we have to take it,” Count Basie told her), and Zunon’s warm-hued, multi-textured oil-and-collage images emphasize the determination of a woman who found her voice on stage as singer, actor, and activist. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Rubin Pfeffer, Rubin Pfeffer Content. Illustrator’s agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (Jan.)

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Muhammad Ali: A Champion Is Born

Gene Barretta, illus. by Frank Morrison. HarperCollins/Tegen, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-06-243016-8

Barretta (Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare) looks at how Muhammad Ali’s boxing career got its start: after the young Cassius Clay’s bike was stolen, a Louisville police officer encouraged him to spend time at a local boxing gym. Working in acrylic, Morrison (The Quickest Kid in Clarksville) creates visceral, dynamic action shots, whether it’s a young Cassius racing down a rainy street on his bicycle or an opening fight sequence that shows him besting Sonny Liston, George Foreman, and Leon Spinks to claim the title of world heavyweight champion three times. An extensive afterword fills in details about Ali’s life, faith, and activism. Ages 4–8. Agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (Jan.)

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