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Science Books for Teens

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Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers
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Music in this podcast is courtesy of Scott Andrew.


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Episode 56 – Science Books for Teens

Books about science allow readers to encounter new concepts, ask new questions, and discover what we can learn simply by paying close attention to our surroundings. Tune in to hear about an array of science books for teens, books which offer up crisp writing and memorable characters while telling a good story. You’ll hear about ecology and climate change, food production, infectious disease, ancient human history, the universe, and our power as humans for both ingenuity and destruction.

After listening to this episode, be sure to print out this list of recommended titles to take to the library or book seller.

Books featured in this episode:

  • Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012)
  • The Elephant Scientist by Caitlin O’Connell & Donna M. Jackson (Houghton Mifflin, 2011)
  • Citizen Scientists: Be Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard by Loree Griffin Burns (Henry Holt, 2012)
  • The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe by Loree Griffin Burns (Henry Holt, 2010)
  • Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure by Jim Murphy & Allison Blank (Clarion, 2012)
  • The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA by Mark Schultz, Zander Cannon, and Kevin Cannon (Hill and Wang, 2009)
  • Their Skeletons Speak: Kennewick Man and the Paleoamerican World by Sally M. Walker & Douglas W. Owsley (Carolrhoda Books, 2012)
  • A Black Hole is NOT a Hole by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano (Charlesbridge, 2012)
  • Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (Roaring Brook, 2012)

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