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These books are just the right amount of funny, factual and GROSS to entice even the most reluctant reader.  Magic for those boys who, “don’t like books!”

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“The Awful Ends to the Awfully Famous”

The most reluctant of readers will find it difficult to resist this consistently disgusting chronicle of the gruesome deaths of 19 will famous people. Bragg’s informal, conversational style and O’Malley’s cartoon illustrations complement the flippant approach to the subject; the energetically icky design includes little skulls and crossbones to contain page numbers. Engaging, informative and downright disgusting. -Kirkus

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“Failures, Flops and Flaws of the Awfully Famous”

In this follow-up to How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous, Bragg pokes fun, plays up, and revels in the mistakes of 14 famous figures because “There’s nothing better than reading about how someone else messed up.” Written in a chatty style, full of wit and laugh-out-loud moments, this charmingly irreverent delivery of history is not only entertaining but packed full of lessons to be learned. -School Library Journal

Grade 5+


 

Rejoice!  There’s no need to stammer when your child asks, “Where do babies come from?”  These excellent books cover every aspect of growing up in a no-nonsense, highly informative, tasteful way.


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In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create an extraordinary portrait for young people of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world.


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In kitchens and living rooms, in garages and labs and basements, even in converted chicken coops, women and girls have invented ingenious innovations that have made our lives simpler and better. Their creations are some of the most enduring (the windshield wiper) and best loved (the chocolate chip cookie). What inspired these women, and just how did they turn their ideas into realities?


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This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world’s most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.


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In this digital age there is still a place for knots, skimming stones and stories of incredible courage. This book recaptures Sunday afternoons, stimulates curiosity, and makes for great father-son activities. The brothers Conn and Hal have put together a wonderful collection of all things that make being young or young at heart fun—building go-carts and electromagnets, identifying insects and spiders, and flying the world’s best paper airplanes.



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