Three generations after the crash of the colony ship Icarus, Iapyx is barely hanging on: one of thirteen cities suspended halfway down deep chasms. The sun on the diamond lands above will kill a man in less than five minutes. The ticktock monsters in the fog forest below are a little slower — but quite a bit smarter. An electromagnetic wash has disabled the computers, the radios, even the lightbulbs. It’s the steam and clockwork age reborn: a careful society, rationed and stratified.
Which suits Simon Daud just fine.
Simon likes the rules, and knows his place — in the shadow of his older brother, Isaac. All he wants is to earn his wings as an ornithopter pilot and get to work in the flight bays. But on his final test flight, something goes wrong. Isaac is killed. Simon is burned; his body will never be the same.
Neither will his world. Not everything in Iapyx is quite as it seems, and through his rehabilitation Simon falls into the middle of a conspiracy that will bring everything he’s ever known to the ground. Down in the fog forest, monsters await — but so does the truth … if Simon can survive long enough to find it.
- Icarus Down, August 30, 2016, Scholastic Canada (Read an excerpt)
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The Unwritten Books Series
Follow the adventures of Rosemary Watson and Peter McAllister; two friends who find themselves drawn into strange worlds of fiction, myth and time. These urban fantasy novels are perfect for readers ages nine and up. Learn more at the official Unwritten Books series’ website.
- The Unwritten Girl, 2006, the Dundurn Group
- Fathom Five, 2007, the Dundurn Group
- The Young City, 2009, the Dundurn Group
Robots Exploring Space
A series by PowerKids Press. Space missions take years to plan. But they also take years to execute, so special robots are used to study deep space instead of astronauts. Robots have many cool features that bring the far reaches of space to scientists on Earth, and readers can learn about this amazing technology. Up-close photographs and full-color illustrations complement detailed, interesting content that teaches readers about the use of space robots from the idea and building stages to their launch and exploration.
- Dawn Probe: A Robot Explores the Dwarf Planet Ceres, August 15, 2016
- New Horizons: A Robot Explores Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, August 15, 2016
A series by Gareth Stevens Publishing: “With a bit of programming and some high-tech science, 3-D printers can use a wide variety of materials such as plastic or wood to create an infinite amount of different creations. This book explores the science behind this incredible technology, including the history of 3-D printing and what scientists hope to achieve with these unique tools. Whether used for art, medicine, or just to make something cool at home, 3-D printing is poised to have a remarkable impact on our lives, and this book chronicles the technologys journey from concept to reality.” And: “Light is a powerful thing. Light from the sun gives humans life and can be used in a variety of ways using a focused beam of light called a laser. From DVD players to laser pointers, there are many different kinds of lasers. Even fiber optics communication and cutting devices use laser technology to produce great things. This book explores the possibilities of light, bringing amazing facts about lasers to the eyes of enthusiastic readers interested in this cutting-edge technology.”
- Lasers, August 15, 2016
- 3-D Printers, August 15, 2016
Be a Maker!
From Crabtree Publishing: “The Maker movement celebrates qualities such as ingenuity, problem solving, collaboration, and thinking “outside the box.” The Be a Maker! series embraces these same ideas to inspire new “makers” to explore and experiment with the world around them. Supporting STEAM initiatives and 21st Century skills, each title in this timely series focuses on a field or area of interest, from robotics, graphic design, and animation to game design, music, and fashion. Readers discover how “makers” in the field use their skills, imaginations, and fearless, pioneering attitudes to make breakthrough discoveries and inventions. Each book features several maker projects with step-by-step instructions and photography that guide readers through their own projects. Open-ended critical thinking questions encourage readers to consider how they might improve or customize their work. Be a Maker! inspires young people to explore their passions and make their mark in the world!”
- Maker Projects for Kids who Love Robotics, March 15, 2016
- Maker Projects for Kids who Love Graphics Design, March 15, 2016
Next Generation Energy
From Crabtree Publishing: “The Next Generation Energy series looks at the pros and cons of natural and human-made energy sources to meet our urgent need for new, clean, and sustainable forms of energy. This timely new series examines traditional energy forms, such as fossil fuels, and more sustainable energy forms, such as wave and solar power. The need to address global warming is examined, along with ways to reduce overconsumption in developed countries and increase sustainable energy in developing countries. Each book includes an activity that explores energy creation.”
- Earth’s Climate Change, 2015
- Energy from the Earth’s Core, 2015
- Energy from the Sun, 2015
Ecosystems Inside Out…
From Crabtree Publishing: “Ecosystems Inside Out explores the big picture of each amazing biome on Earth, then peels back its corners to reveal the fascinating details of the organisms that live there. The “macro picture” looks at the ecosystem as a whole—an intricate, complex web of living and nonliving organisms, all of which have interdependent relationships that “knit” the system together. Each spread also zeroes in on the ‘micro picture,’ focusing on one particular organism within that ecosystem, explaining how it lives and functions there, and what crucial role it plays within the system. Eco Focus boxes ask readers key questions about what they have learned, how ecosystems are affected, and what they can do to help protect these important systems. Helpful features include locator maps, an activity that helps shed further light on each ecosystem, and a list of further resources including career paths in this field.”
- Forests Inside Out, 2015
- Mountains Inside Out, 2015
- Wetlands Inside Out, 2014
- Grasslands Inside Out, 2014
- Tundras Inside Out, 2014
Straight Talk About…
From Crabtree Publishing: “Straight Talk About [is] a series designed in cooperation with child psychologists, teachers, and youth counselors. Each title tackles a sensitive everyday social issue, such as child abuse, suicide, and sexual assault. Aiming to inform, educate, and provide strategies for coping, each book provides readers with a sensitive and honest exploration of the topic without judgment, from a standpoint of guidance and assistance. Each book is supported by real life stories from young people going through these issues, stay-safe advice, coping strategies, and informative question and answer sections.”
- Dealing With a Loss, 2015 (Paperback) (Library Binding)
- Binge Drinking, 2015 (Paperback) (Library Binding)
- Sex, 2013 (Paperback) (Library Binding)
- Gangs, 2013 (Paperback) (Library Binding)
From Crabtree Publishing: “Mystery Files provides exciting and readable stories about mysterious events and phenomena. Each story is told within a spread so readers can dip into the book or read from cover to cover. The topics range from ancient times to the present day and include both well-known and less familiar mysteries. Each spread has a Mystery File box, which may offer a rational explanation for the mystery, explain some of the background history to set the mystery in context, or look at how the mystery has been explored in books and movies. The text is carefully tailored for reluctant readers. In addition to the glossary and index, each spread contains definitions of more difficult words.”
- Impossible Science, 2013 (Paperback) (Library Binding)
- Hidden Worlds, 2013 (Paperback) (Library Binding)
- Secret Signs, 2013 (Paperback) (Library Binding)
Your Guide to Government
From Crabtree Publishing: “Your Guide to Government takes a vast and complex topic and presents it in an easy-to-follow series for young readers. The four titles in this series are packed with plenty of full-color images and clear text to help deliver meanings and messages behind government. All aspects of American government, from its origins in the Constitution to citizens’ civil rights are carefully explained in a manner children will absolutely understand and enjoy.”
- What is the Executive Branch?, 2013 (Paperback) (Library Binding)
- What is the Legislative Branch?, 2013 (Paperback) (Library Binding)
Engineering in Action
From Crabtree Publishing: “Electrical engineering employs the largest number of engineers. This field of engineering covers everything related to electrical devices, systems, and the uses of electricity. This innovative book gives readers insight into this exciting profession and includes information on pioneers in the world of electricity, new technologies, and innovations. Budding engineers are introduced to the basic concepts of electronic circuitry and learn to build their own electric circuits.”
From Crabtree Publishing: “From Crabtree Publishing: “Get behind the wheel of some of the most exciting cars on the road today! Superstar Cars is a dynamic, high-interest series that provides an in-depth look at the history, design, and performance of some of the world’s most recognizable automobiles.”Crabtree Chrome is an innovative new series designed for reluctant, under-confident readers who read several levels below their actual grade. Created in collaboration with reading specialists, Crabtree Chrome recognizes the unique literacy needs of struggling middle school and early high school students. The series is designed to support these readers as they build the skills needed to evaluate, summarize, and communicate knowledge for different purposes. The titles include high-interest, timely topics with curriculum and core-subject applications.”
From Crabtree Publishing: “Get behind the wheel of some of the most exciting cars on the road today! Superstar Cars is a dynamic, high-interest series that provides an in-depth look at the history, design, and performance of some of the world’s most recognizable automobiles.”
From Amazon: “This engaging new title tells the story of Lamborghini - from the humble background of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini to the brand’s modern reputation as one of the most stylish supercars. This title includes information about racing history, prototypes, and technical specifications. Stunning full-colour photographs capture the essence of this coveted supercar.”
The Science of Nutrition
From Crabtree Publishing: “Minerals are essential to maintaining good health. They boost our immune systems, support normal growth and development, and help cells and organs function. This engaging title explores the roles of key minerals, such as calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. The book also explains where minerals come from, how our bodies process them, and the differences between macrominerals and trace minerals.”
From Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books: “Our eyes help us look at the world, but there is still much that we cannot see. Some things are practically invisible because they are so small, but bigger things can be nearly invisible, too. The Invisible Worlds series explores the unseen “worlds” that exist around us. Ancient artifacts and buried bones are hidden underground, while invisible forces—such as earthquakes and winds—shape life on Earth. Some of these worlds are microscopic details inside atoms and molecules, plants, animals, and the human body. Each book in the series is vividly illustrated with photographs and micrographs. Difficult science concepts are explained using easy-to-understand text and helpful illustrations. The series offers plenty of information for reports, while giving readers a different view of the fascinating world around them.”
- Earth’s Secrets, 2010 (Library Binding)
From Crabtree Publishing: Mysteries Revealed takes readers into a hidden world of knowledge. Find out the truth behind myths, misunderstandings, and many other puzzles from science, nature and history.
- Animal Mysteries Revealed, 2010 (Paperback) (Library Binding)
- Earth Mysteries Revealed, 2010 (Paperback) (Library Binding)
- Space Mysteries Revealed, 2010 (Paperback) (Library Binding)
- Also in the series: History Mysteries Revealed by Natalie Hyde, Human Body Mysteries Revealed by Natalie Hyde and Technology Mysteries Revealed by Jill Bryant.
From Crabtree Publishing: Extreme Nature takes readers to the most fascinating places the world has to offer! Learn about the unique features of each extreme environment, including the plants, animals and people that live there.
From Crabtree Publishing: “Introduces the science behind popular sports, enables children to learn about science through something that genuinely interests them; magazine-style design and accessible text will engage reluctant readers.”
Science Solves It
From Crabtree Publishing: “Science Solves It encourages reluctant readers to develop literacy skills and fosters an interest in science by looking at popular and exciting applications of the subject, such as saving wild animals, forensic science, and sports technology. The books introduce very basic concepts and terms with full, clear, age-appropriate explanations, stimulating interest by relating key scientific principles and processes to the real world. Each book in Science Solves It opens up an exciting area of science, nature, and technology, and relates the key science to real life.”
- Rescue Missions, 2008 (Paperback) (Library Binding)
- Saving Endangered Plants and Animals, 2008 (Paperback) (Library Binding)
- Also in the series: Crimebusting and Detection and Miraculous Medicines, by Helene Boudreau, Solving the Mysteries of the Past, by Gerard Aksomitis, and Sports Champions, by Linda Aksomitis.