Monday, May 31, 2010

New Nonfiction Additions

World of the Weird
By Tracey Turner

Find out about weird real-life phenomena and mind-boggling scientific adventures and follow instructions for such activities as bringing a dead plant back to life, growing a bacteria colony, and making ectoplasm.

How to Be a Genius: Your Brain and How to Train It
By John Woodward

This bright and colorful guide to the brain describes how the brain works and how it makes people unique. It includes puzzles, games, quizzes, and optical illusions to sharpen the wit.

Illustrated Book of Myths: Tales and Legends of the World
Retold by Neil Philip

Every culture in history has had its own myths to help explain the world through the power of story. This engaging book offers a delightful, sweeping view of world mythology--not just the famous stories of the Greeks and Romans, but also the stories of Native Americans and legends from South America, Africa, Scandinavia, Asia, and Australia. Young readers will learn about Zeus and Pandora from Greece, King Arthur from England, Maui-of-a-Thousand-Tricks from Polynesia, the Rainbow Serpent from West Africa, and dozens of other colorful, larger-than-life characters from around the world. (Summary from

Vampireology: The True History of the Fallen Ones
By Archibald Brooks

Explore the legends of vampires. This book, which purports to be written in 1900, shows letters between a researcher and a young woman who needs help. It sheds light on what happened to three historic vampire bloodlines, how the and that includes booklets, flaps, and letters between the young researcher who discovered it in the 1920s and an alluring woman who seeks his help.

Say What? The Weird and Mysterious Journey of the English Language
By Gena K. Gorrell

What makes English so weird? Why doesn’t it make sense? This book presents the history of the modern English language and how previous languages and civilizations influenced its development and shows how all those influences came together to make English its lovable, troublesome self.

Charles Darwin’s On The Origin of Species: A Graphic Adaptation
Story by Michael Keller

A stunning graphic adaptation of one of the most famous, contested, and important books of all time: "On the Origin of Species." Includes sections about Darwin's pioneering research, the book's initial public reception, his correspondence with other leading scientists, as well as the most recent breakthroughs in evolutionary theory.

My Anxious Mind
By Michael A. Tomkins and Katherine A. Martinez

Learn how to deal with anxiety. The author offers ways for teens with anxiety to improve their inter-personal skills, whether it be with friends, family, or teachers; manage stress; handle panic attacks; use diet and exercise appropriately; and decide whether medication is right for them.

Learn to Speak Music: A Guide to Creating, Performing, & Promoting Your Songs
By John Crossingham

This guide to help teens learn music by revealing every nook and cranny of how it's made. It explores every aspect of the pop music world, from songwriting and artwork to promotion and setting up a practice space. Special features include: insider's advice on choosing and buying an instrument, finding the right bandmates, setting up gigs, overcoming stage fright, emulating high-priced studio techniques at home, and much more. Also featured is a guide to shooting a music video from MTVA-nominated director Christopher Mills.

Time You Let Me In

Twenty-five poets under age twenty-five share poems about life, family, friends, and more. This collection of raw, passionate poetry puts a new spin on daily life.

Snapshot: The Visual Almanac for Our World Today

"Snapshot" explains the facts behind today's big issues, while also spotting trends hiding beneath the surface. "Snapshot" explains not just how the world works today, but also how things might work tomorrow.

More about Boy: Roald Dahl’s Tales from Childhood
By Roald Dahl

Go behind the scenes in Roald Dahl’s life. The creator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and other fabulous stories shares inspirations for his books, including tales of sweet shops and chocolate, mean old ladies and a Great Mouse Plot.

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