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A Powerful Way to Change DNA

by Yolanda Ridge, illustrated by Alex Boersma
edition: eBook
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: biology, history of science, experiments & projects

We can change the world with gene editing—but should we?  

CRISPR stands for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats. If it sounds complicated, it is—but it’s also one of the most powerful ways we can shape the future. And it’s poised to completely upend the way we think about science. 

Author Yolanda Ridge tackles this topi …


One Earth

People of Color Protecting Our Planet

by Anuradha Rao
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: social activists, cultural heritage, environmental conservation & protection

? “The activists’ stories are extraordinary...It’s a powerful answer to Rao’s framing questions: ‘Who is an environmental defender? What does she or he look like? Maybe like you. Maybe like me.’”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
? “Thought-provoking reading for young people figuring out their own contributions. This valuable com …


DNA Detective

by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illustrated by Lil Crump
edition: Paperback
  • age: 11 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: discoveries, biology, chemistry, anatomy & physiology

It’ll take a genetics genius to solve this crime ...

In the center of almost every cell in our bodies, there’s a piece of DNA designed to give the body instructions like: “Create two legs, two arms, two eyes, and one nose.” But how can so much information be squeezed into such a tiny space?

In DNA Detective, Lloyd Kyi unravels the mystery of …


Patient Zero

Solving the Mysteries of Deadly Epidemics

by Marilee Peters
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: history of science, diseases, illnesses & injuries, biology

Engrossing true stories of the pioneers of epidemiology who risked their lives to find the source of deadly diseases.

Throughout history, more people have died in disease epidemics than in wars or other disasters. The courageous, trail-blazing defenders against these diseases faced a terrifying personal gamble. Often they were ignored, laughed at, o …


Climate Change Revised Edition

A Groundwork Guide

by Shelley Tanaka
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 0
  • Grade: p to 17
tagged: earth sciences, environmental conservation & protection

Revised and updated edition

Scientists have been warning the world about global warming for almost three decades. But the rest of us are only now starting to get the message. The planet is warming at an unusually rapid rate, and this warming is largely being caused by human activity. Shrinking glaciers, thawing permafrost, erratic weather and threat …

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