Charles Darwin takes an epic adventure in which today is
said to be one of the greatest scientific discoveries
ever. The book is facts mixed in with a little bit of
fiction. Throughout the period of a four year ship ride on
the HMS Beagle, the main character, James Kincaid, writes
a dairy entry every now and then telling about the finds
of Charles Darwin and the fun that was held on the islands
they traveled to and from. It is a great short read for
young adults and a good book for young readers that have
A robber has kidnapped Sam, and her little cousin Nissa while there is a cyclone warning. Where will he take them? Will they survive the car crash? Sam has to try his hardest to make Nissa survive. Will they get hit by a train? Sam gets bit by a snake. Will she survive? What is the kidnappers name? Will he save Sam and Nissa? A wild pig comes along, will it be worse than the crocodile? Sam fights for Nissa with an alligator! Will Nissa save Sam? Sam gets paralyzed by the crocodile for the waist down. Will a rescue helicopter save their lives?
This novel is historical fiction set in the western United States during the 1860s. The story focuses on Aiden Lynch and his sister Maddy, who are initially orphans facing starvation on a farm in a deserted area of Kansas. Their adventure begins when they join up with Jefferson J. Jackson, a guide looking for men to work in lumber camps in Seattle. Aiden convinces Jackson that he will make a strong worker once he eats more, so Jackson allows the two to join his wagon train heading west. While on the trail, friends and enemies are made.
The book I read is called Operation Redwood. This book takes place in San Francisco and a Nothern California town called Willits. The main characters are Julian Carter-Li, his uncle Sibley Carter, and a girl who lives in Northern California named Robin Elder. Julian's uncle is a CEO of a big company and his company has been planning to cut down a forest of old-growth Redwood trees in Northern California. This is how Julian meets Robin. Robin sent an email titled "SIBLEY CARTER IS A WORLD-CLASS JERK." to Julian's uncle, but Julian found it before his uncle and deleted it.
Dr. Mike Goldsmith's "Stars and Planets" is a discovery all in its own. It discusses exactly what its eponymous title implies. The book starts out with the simple notions of the solar system and light, and cascades later into the more complex ideas of supernovas and space exploration. Each topic covers two pages and is akin to a poster that spans the left and right side of the book middle. Each section has a fun fact on the bottom of the page, a definition on the left side of the page, and a website to visit on the right side of the page.
From John Muir's childhood in Scotland to his adventures in Yosemite, Alaska, and in numerous other places between, Rod Miller describes the life of the mountaineer and explorer who was a driving force in the creation of many national parks in the western part of the United States. Detailed descriptions of all of Muir's life are provided, and Mr. Miller leaves nothing unexplained. Each chapter tells about a different part of Muir's life, and Mr. Miller revisits the same event two or three times to give a different perspective of it.
Hoot is a great book about a boy, Roy, who moves to Florida. Roy becomes friends with a running boy who plans to stop the destruction of owl burrows on an empty lot scheduled to be the next site of a Mother Paula's Pancake House.