Pulling Back the Curtain on Magic

Pulling Back the Curtain on Magic Author Sheila Sweeny Higginson
ISBN-10 9781481437035
Release 2015-06-02
Pages 48
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Learn the science behind amazing magic tricks in this fact-tastic nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series about the science of fun stuff! Did you know that every time a magician uses sleight of hand, he is secretly tracking your eye movements at the same time? How does a magician make a dove appear out of thin air? Amaze your friends with the secrets you learn in this fun, fact-filled Level 3 Ready-to-Read! A special section at the back of the book includes Common Core–vetted extras on subjects like geography and history, and there’s even a fun quiz so readers can test themselves to see what they’ve learned!



Science of Fun Stuff to Go

Science of Fun Stuff to Go Author Various
ISBN-10 1481468685
Release 2016-09-13
Pages 288
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Become an expert on your favorite sports, treats, magic tricks, and more in this fact-tastic boxed set of six nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read books that are part of a series about the science of fun stuff! Full of engaging science and quirky facts, this incredible Science of Fun Stuff collection will teach Level 3 readers everything they want to know about the behind-the-scenes physics, chemistry, and technology of baseball, amusement parks, magic, snow, candy, and airplanes! A special section at the back of each book includes Common Core–vetted extras on subjects like history, social studies, geography, and math, and there’s even fun quizzes so readers can test themselves to see what they’ve learned! Learning science has never been so much fun! Included in this Science of Fun Stuff boxed set are The Innings and Outs of Baseball; The Thrills and Chills of Amusement Parks; Pulling Back the Curtain on Magic!; The Cool Story Behind Snow; The Sugary Secrets Behind Candy; and How Airplanes Get from Here…to There!



Science of Fun Stuff Ready to Read Value Pack

Science of Fun Stuff Ready to Read Value Pack Author Various
ISBN-10 1481489771
Release 2016-07-26
Pages 288
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Emerging readers will love this Level 3 Ready-to-Read value pack of six Science of Fun Stuff books for the price of four! For an added bonus, take a peek inside for tips to help your child become a reading star! Perfect for emerging readers, the Science of Fun Stuff series is full of engaging stories and quirky facts that will teach you everything you want to know about the behind-the-scenes physics, chemistry, and technology of baseball, amusement parks, magic, snow, candy, and airplanes! A special section at the back of each book includes Common Core–vetted extras on subjects like history, social studies, geography, and math, and there are even fun quizzes so readers can test themselves to see what they’ve learned! Plus, check the inside of the packaging for a bonus set of tips to help your reading star soar to new heights. Included in this Ready-to-Read value pack are: The Innings and Outs of Baseball The Thrills and Chills of Amusement Parks Pulling Back the Curtain on Magic! The Sugary Secrets Behind Candy The Cool Story Behind Snow How Airplanes Get from Here…to There!



The Thrills and Chills of Amusement Parks

The Thrills and Chills of Amusement Parks Author Jordan D. Brown
ISBN-10 9781481428606
Release 2015-02-17
Pages 48
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Learn the science behind the fun of amusement parks in this fact-tastic nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series about the science of fun stuff! Did you know that a rollercoaster does not need an engine or power source of its own? And how exactly does a bumper car go without gas? Young science lovers will flip when they learn about the science behind amusement parks in this fun, fact-filled Level 3 Ready-to-Read! A special section at the back of the book includes Common Core–vetted extras on subjects like geography and math, and there’s even a fun quiz so readers can test themselves to see what they’ve learned!



How Airplanes Get from Here to There

How Airplanes Get from Here       to There Author Jordan D. Brown
ISBN-10 9781481461658
Release 2016-05-17
Pages 48
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Learn all about the soaring science behind aerodynamic airplanes in this fact-tastic nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series about the science of fun stuff! Did you know that some military aircrafts are capable of “supersonic flight,” traveling at speeds faster than sound? Or that the Wright brothers designed the first airplane after studying the wings of birds? You’ll learn this and much more as you become an expert on the science behind airplanes. Amaze your friends with all you’ve learned in this engaging, fact-filled Level 3 Ready-to-Read! A special section at the back of the book includes Common Core–vetted extras on subjects like social studies and math, and there’s even a fun quiz so readers can test themselves to see what they’ve learned! Learning science has never been so much fun!



The Tricks and Treats of Halloween

The Tricks and Treats of Halloween Author Angela Murphy
ISBN-10 9781481409803
Release 2014-08-05
Pages 48
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Unmask the haunted history of Halloween in this fact-tastic, nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series all about the history of fun stuff! Did you know that hundreds of years ago, people would carve Jack-O’-Lanterns out of turnips and potatoes? Or that today, Americans spend nearly two billion dollars each year on Halloween candy? Learn all about the not-so-scary history of Halloween in this fun, fact-filled book. A special section at the back of the book includes relevant info on subjects like social studies and science, and there’s even a fun quiz so you can test yourself to see what you’ve learned!



Razzle Dazzle

Razzle Dazzle Author Michael Riedel
ISBN-10 9781451672169
Release 2015-10-06
Pages 464
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"A revered and provocative theater observer presents a grand history of the producers, directors, actors, and critics battling for creative and financial control of Broadway"--Front jacket flap.



Fooling Houdini

Fooling Houdini Author Alex Stone
ISBN-10 9780307368218
Release 2012-06-19
Pages 320
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An exploration of the world of magic that teaches the reader many tricks--including how better to understand the real world. Alex Stone--journalist and part-time conjurer--is here to amaze you. But first he had to amaze his fellow magicians. Fooling Houdini is his fascinating, revealing, and nailbiting account of his attempt to win the 23rd World Championships of Magic, the "Magic Olympics," the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind. Alex Stone managed to qualify for entry and began preparing to astonish people who astonish others for a living. It didn't help his nerves that he was placed on the bill straight after Canadian magician Shawn Farquhar, winner of more magic competitions than anyone in history. Stone's preparations and participation provide his readers with in-depth exploration of the world of magic, and magic's meaning. He spills many professional secrets, arguing that what is important is to ask questions about what lies behind the tricks: how the mind perceives the world and parses everyday experience, about how the mind works--and why sometimes it doesn't, about why people need to believe. As we become more attuned to the limits of our own perception, we become better at distinguishing reality from illusion, at reading the angles and decoding the fine print, he says. We gain intuition and understanding into how people behave. We even learn ways to influence this behavior. This makes us less susceptible to all manner of deception. It is to gain and maintain this sixth sense that Alex Stone--a schoolboy prestidigitator--has continued performing magic well into adulthood. In Fooling Houdini he takes us into that other world, populated by truly astounding characters, and leaves us with a heightened sense of awareness about the supposedly real world.



What If

What If Author Randall Munroe
ISBN-10 9780544272996
Release 2014-09-02
Pages 320
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The creator of the incredibly popular webcomic xkcd presents his heavily researched answers to his fans' oddest questions, including “What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?” and “Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?” 100,000 first printing.



The Stellar Story of Space Travel

The Stellar Story of Space Travel Author Patricia Lakin
ISBN-10 9781481456241
Release 2016-02-09
Pages 48
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Blast off into a galaxy full of fun with this fact-tastic nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series about the history of fun stuff! Did you know that ancient people all over the world looked at the stars and saw constellations? Or that a science fiction author named Jules Verne predicted the first moon landing? Or that astronauts from different countries take turns living on board the International Space Station? Houston, you’re cleared for takeoff and ready to become a History of Fun Stuff Expert on space travel! Amaze your friends with all you’ve learned in this fun, fact-filled Level 3 Ready-to-Read! A special section at the back of the book includes Common Core–vetted extras on subjects like science, social studies, and math, and there’s even a fun quiz so readers can test themselves to see what they’ve learned! Learning history has never been so much fun!



The Explosive Story of Fireworks

The Explosive Story of Fireworks Author Kama Einhorn
ISBN-10 9781481438483
Release 2015-06-02
Pages 48
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"In this book readers will learn all about how fireworks were invented in China over 2,000 years ago, how Queen Elizabeth I created a special honor for the person who created the best fireworks, and much more!"--Provided by publisher.



Autism Uncensored Pulling Back the Curtain

Autism Uncensored  Pulling Back the Curtain Author Whitney Ellenby
ISBN-10 1633934136
Release 2018-04-15
Pages 340
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Autism Uncensored goes where no other book dares-revealing the private disgrace and self-blame about having a "defective" child; the near disintegration of marriage; the failure of the traditional behavioral interventions; and the mercenary way in which service providers prey on parents' desperation for a cure.



Natural Disaster

Natural Disaster Author Ginger Zee
ISBN-10 9781368012317
Release 2017-12-05
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ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee pulls back the curtain on her life in Natural Disaster. Ginger grew up in small-town Michigan where she developed an obsession with weather as a young girl. Ginger opens up about her lifelong battle with crippling depression, her romances that range from misguided to dangerous, and her tumultuous professional path. This cyclone of stories may sound familiar to some—it's just that Ginger's personal tempests happened while she was covering some of the most devastating storms in recent history, including a ferocious tornado that killed a legend in the meteorology field. This book is for all the mistake makers who have learned to forgive others and themselves—even in the aftermath of man-made, or in this case Zee-made, disasters. It's a story that every young woman should read, a story about finding love and finding it in yourself. Beloved by Good Morning America's audience, Ginger is a daily presence for millions. Zee's gained fame for her social media presence which is as unfiltered as Natural Disaster—from baby barf to doggy doo-doo. She's shattered the glass ceiling for women in meteorology, but admits here first, she's the one natural disaster she couldn't have forecast.



Kindred

Kindred Author Octavia Butler
ISBN-10 9780807083703
Release 2004-02-01
Pages 264
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Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.



Salt Sugar Fat

Salt Sugar Fat Author Michael Moss
ISBN-10 9780771057090
Release 2013-02-26
Pages 352
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From a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at The New York Times comes the troubling story of the rise of the processed food industry -- and how it used salt, sugar, and fat to addict us. Salt Sugar Fat is a journey into the highly secretive world of the processed food giants, and the story of how they have deployed these three essential ingredients, over the past five decades, to dominate the North American diet. This is an eye-opening book that demonstrates how the makers of these foods have chosen, time and again, to double down on their efforts to increase consumption and profits, gambling that consumers and regulators would never figure them out. With meticulous original reporting, access to confidential files and memos, and numerous sources from deep inside the industry, it shows how these companies have pushed ahead, despite their own misgivings (never aired publicly). Salt Sugar Fat is the story of how we got here, and it will hold the food giants accountable for the social costs that keep climbing even as some of the industry's own say, "Enough already."



History of Fun Stuff Ready to Read Value Pack

History of Fun Stuff Ready to Read Value Pack Author Various
ISBN-10 1481489755
Release 2016-07-26
Pages 288
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Emerging readers will love this Level 3 Ready-to-Read value pack of six History of Fun Stuff books for the price of four! For an added bonus, take a peek inside for tips to help your child become a reading star! Perfect for emerging readers, the History of Fun Stuff series is full of engaging stories and quirky facts that will teach you everything you want to know about pizza, Halloween, ice cream, fireworks, hot chocolate, and video games! A special section at the back of each book includes Common Core–vetted extras on subjects like science, social studies, geography, and math, and there are even fun quizzes so readers can test themselves to see what they’ve learned! Plus, check the inside of the packaging for a bonus set of tips to help your reading star soar to new heights. Included in this Ready-to-Read value pack are: The Tricks and Treats of Halloween! The Deep Dish on Pizza! The Explosive Story of Fireworks! The Sweet Story of Hot Chocolate! The Scoop on Ice Cream! The High Score and Lowdown on Video Games!



I Lie for Money

I Lie for Money Author Steve Spill
ISBN-10 9781632208620
Release 2015-05-12
Pages 224
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In this funny, irreverent, unique, eccentric memoir, magician Steve Spill reveals how he managed to survive decades inside a rarely profitable, sometimes maddening, but often deliciously rewarding offbeat showbiz profession—magic! Spill tells of how his tailor grandfather sewed secret pockets in a magician’s tuxedo back in 1910, which started his childhood dream to become a magician. This dream took Spill on a journey that started with him performing, as a young boy, at a “Beauty on a Budget” neighborhood house party to engagements in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean, to today in Santa Monica, California, where he’s been starring in his own shows since 1998 at Magicopolis, the theater he designed and built himself. Being a magician has given Spill the opportunity to interact with the world’s most famous and fascinating people. In his memoir, Spill reveals the many unique encounters that his profession has led him to enjoy and endure: hosting Sting as his opening act one night, spending two days on camera with Joan Rivers, and selling tricks to Bob Dylan, as well as encounters with Adam Sandler, Stephen King, and other celebrities. I Lie for Moneyis a literary magic show that captures the highs and lows of an extraordinary life that will delight and amaze you with wit and wickedness. This book should be an obligatory read for anyone considering a creative career, and it serves as an inspiration to those who desire to craft an independent life.