Reviews by Tag: science

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Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Project Hail Mary

By Andy Weir
3
Rated by
Mariam S.
May 16, 2022

In the sci-fi novel Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, former high school science teacher Ryland Grace wakes in a strange hospital, fresh from a coma and bleary with various medical drugs. Once he recovers a little, he notices several strange things: first, his companions in the odd medical wing are dead and he’s devastated. But he can’t really recall how he knows them, or why they’re here. He can’t remember much at all, really - not even his own name.

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The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

The Love Hypothesis

By Ali Hazelwood
5
Rated by
Bree N.
May 11, 2022

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood is a page turning romance that will have you begging for more. When Olive has to convince her best friend she is over her “ex” she kisses no other than the school's known jerk of a professor Adam Carlsen. With rumors spreading of a relationship both Adam and Olive find they could benefit from “dating”. But what will happen when a grumpy professor meets a ray of sunshine? Will feelings become involved or will they break things off when the timeline is up?

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National Geographic Angry Birds Furious Forces by Rhett Allain

National Geographic Angry Birds Furious Forces!

By Rhett Allain
4
Rated by
REVIEWER4567
Apr 30, 2022

The book describes some of the basic components of physics while connecting physics to Angry Birds and everyday items or actions. A lot of pictures and drawings are used in the book to help display physics principles better. For example, the book includes a picture of a balloon rubbing on a cat’s fur to explain the principle of static electricity. The book also provides a brief history of physics by mentioning famous scientists and their contributions towards different equations or discoveries.

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A Black Hole is Not a Hole by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano

A Black Hole is Not a Hole

By Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano
4
Rated by
REVIEWER4567
Apr 30, 2022

The book provides details and information about black holes, such as how they are created, or how powerful they are. While the title of the book is “A Black Hole Is Not a Hole”, the book identifies that it’s not exactly not a hole either. The author does this to show that we still have many new things to learn about black holes. The book tries to put the power of a black hole in perspective by comparing it to things on earth. For example, one page explains how a black hole is similar to a whirlpool.

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The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

By Stacy McAnulty
4
Rated by
Victoria O.
Mar 28, 2022

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty is a realist fiction novel. To Lucy Callahan, the world has been all about math and numbers since she got struck by lightning. She is incredibly good at math and science, but she isn’t so good with her social skills. Her Nana told her she isn’t allowed to go to a math college until she completes at least one year of middle school.

Teen Review Mar 14, 2022

A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings: A Year of Keeping Bees by Helen Jukes Genres: Nonfiction – Memoir, Environment, Nature, Science

Helen Jukes, unsatisfied with her work and home life, receives a colony of bees as a gift from a friend. Recalling how she enjoyed her previous beekeeping experiences, she decides to keep and care for the colony in her backyard. She describes her year of beekeeping, all the while learning more about honey bees and rediscovering passion.

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The Immortal Like of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By Rebecca Skloot
4
Rated by
Taylor E.
Nov 29, 2021

In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot explores the history of race and its relation to science, HeLa, and the woman behind the famous cells. While Skloot clearly details the scientific aspects of Henrietta’s story, she makes a nonfiction story read as though it is fiction by transforming a story about cells into one about family. This book was fantastic! It was filled with in-depth scientific accounts, legal research, and history lessons while still being entertaining.

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When You and I Collide by Kate Norris

When You and I Collide

By Kate Norris
4
Rated by
Marium K.
Oct 21, 2021

Winnie is a 16-year-old girl that can see things no one else can. She can see “splits,” when two outcomes diverge; also known as the multi verse theory. She keeps her power a secret, because she knows it could be used among the midst of the WWII.  Her physicist father experiments on her to see if she could change the future and the past. It was all fine until Scott, her father’s lab assistant, gets injured. Winnie chooses the reality where he is fine, but she finds out she doesn’t belong there.

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How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

By Bill Gates
5
Rated by
Zoe D.
Jun 7, 2021

In How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, Bill Gates discusses how at this point, climate change is unavoidable; too much time was not used to solve the climate change crisis, so wildfires, rising sea levels, increased storms for some and droughts for others are inevitable now and in the future.  However, the worst consequences of climate change are avoidable, just so long as every country can achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.  Although the world is far from net-zero emissions, Gates mentions the current technologie

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Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918

By Robert Marrin
3
Rated by
Olivia from Leawood Pioneer Library YAAC
Aug 8, 2018

Everyone knows about the Black Plague in Europe during the Middle Ages. But not everyone knows about the 1918 influenza pandemic. It was the worst virus that ever struck mankind. Not even the Black Death comes close to the number of lives it took. No war, natural disaster, or famine has ever claimed so many people. From 1918 to 1919, one third of the global population (500 million) became infected, with an estimated 100 million deaths. This book chronicles the cause and impact of this deadly virus throughout history.

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