The Would You Believe… series is a fascinating journey into the evolution of things in our everyday lives; this book looks at the strange history of medical practice around the world
Young scientists get a real taste of the story behind the medicine as we examine the amazing practices used in medicine past and present. Readers will learn about the often painful and frequently distasteful medical practices that our ancestors employed such as using leeches, eating snail shells or body snatching, as well as those that are still used around the world today – who needs an anaesthetic anyway?! Includes alternative therapies and major medical discoveries that changed the face of medical practice.
Richard Platt - Would You Believe...in Mexico people picnic at granny's grave?! - and other dynastic delights
A fun social history of family life through the ages. This entertaining book will introduce you to a bright and colourful spectrum of all kinds of family relationships. Everyone from baby to great grandmother is covered in this fascinating social history of family life. Learn about family traditions from all over the world and learn how to trace your own family tree.
Richard Platt - Would You Believe...the losers were killed in Mayan football? - and other perilous pastimes
A fascinating journey into the evolution of things in our everyday lives; this book looks at the outlandish history of sport and leisure around the world Young learners can discover the story behind the games we play like never before as we examine the amazing peculiarities of international sport and leisure activities past and present. Readers will learn about the wacky and often bloodthirsty games that our ancestors liked such as fierce gladiatorial contests, as well as the even wackier that are still used around the world today - such as bog snorkelling and bungee jumping!
Richard Platt - Would You Believe... two cyclists invented the aeroplane?! - and other transport triumphs
The next instalment in the popular Would You Believe series, this book is a fascinating journey into the evolution of things in our everyday lives, exploring the social history of transport from early mankind to the methods of transport we might use in the future. The next installment in the popular Would You Believe series, taking a look at the evolution of transport methods all over the world; from the invention of the wheel to the types of transport we might use in the future.
Ismeretlen szerző - Why Don't Penguins Feet Freeze?
Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? is the latest compilation of readers' answers to the questions in the 'Last Word' column of New Scientist, the world's best-selling science weekly. Following the phenomenal success of Does Anything Eat Wasps? - the Christmas 2005 surprise bestseller - this new collection includes recent answers never before published in book form, and also old favourites from the column's early days. Yet again, many seemingly simple questions turn out to have complex answers. And some that seem difficult have a very simple explanation. New Scientist's 'Last Word' is regularly voted the magazine's most popular section as it celebrates all questions - the trivial, idiosyncratic, baffling and strange. This new selection of the best is popular science at its most entertaining and enlightening.
Terry Deary - The Stormin' Normans
This title contains fascinating facts about Bill the Conquerer and his bully boys who battled at Hastings, stormed around Europe and joined the Crusades. There are tales of limb-chopping, terribly tortured saints and you can find out what "really" happened in 1066.
Sherry Seethaler - Lies, Damned Lies, and Science
What's healthy? What's unhealthy? What's safe? What's dangerous? Watch the news, and it's easy to be overwhelmed by snippets of badly presented science: information that's incomplete, confusing, contradictory, out-of-context, wrong, or flat-out dishonest. In this book, Dr. Sherry Seethaler provides a "bag of tricks" for making sense of science in the news. You'll learn how to think more sensibly about everything from mad cow disease to global warming and make better science-related decisions in both your personal life and as a citizen. You'll begin by understanding how science really works and progresses, and why scientists sometimes disagree. Seethaler helps you assess the possible biases of those who make scientific claims in the media, and place scientific issues in appropriate context, so you can intelligently assess tradeoffs. You'll learn how to determine whether a new study is really meaningful; uncover the difference between cause and mere coincidence; figure out which statistics mean something, and which don't. Finally, drawing on her extensive experience as a science journalist, she reveals the tricks self-interested players use to mislead and confuse you, and points you to sources of information you can actually rely upon. Seethaler's many examples range from genetic engineering of crops to drug treatments for depression, but the techniques she teaches you will be invaluable in understanding any scientific controversy, in any area of science or health.
Matt London - The 8th Continent
A hilarious around-the-world adventure with a great environmental message! Evie and Rick Lane are determined to transform the Great Pacific Garbage Patch—a real life pile of floating garbage—into an eighth continent, using a special formula developed by their father. This new continent will be a place where their family can live free from the intervention of Winterpole, a global rule-maker run by bumbling bureaucrats. But eleven-year-old pink-and-plastic-obsessed Vesuvia Piffle, the secret mastermind behind the villainous Condo Corp, also has her sights set on this new land, and she wants to use it to build a kind of Miami-on-steroids. Now, it’s a race against time and across the world as the kids gather the items they need to create their continent. Because whoever controls the eighth continent controls our future. And the future can’t be both "green” and pink.
Sherry Seethaler - Curious Folks Ask
Why does the flu change every year? What makes glue sticky? What causes out-of-body experiences? Are all brands of gas the same? Will adult stem cells work as well as embryonic stem cells? Is one "horsepower" really equal to the power of one horse? Why can't you sneeze with your eyes open? How much does a cremated body weigh? These are just a few of the fascinating science and health questions real people have asked top science writer and San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Sherry Seethaler. "Curious Folks Ask" brings together 162 of her best answers-all crystal-clear, accurate, quick, and a pleasure to read. Seethaler knows exactly how to cut through jargon, confusion, and myths. She's passionate about sharing what scientists have learned and what they still don't know. She explores everything from our bodies to our best inventions: what makes us healthy, what makes us human, and plenty more. Prepare to be surprised, intrigued, and amazed.
Julie Anne Peters - Pretend You Love Me
In this fresh, poignant novel, Mike is struggling to come to terms with her father's suicide and her mother's detachment from the family. Mike (real name: Mary Elizabeth) is gay and likes to pump iron, play softball, and fix plumbing. When a glamorous new girl, Xanadu, arrives in Mike's small Kansas town, Mike falls in love at first sight. Xanadu is everything Mike is not -- cool, confident, feminine, sexy.... straight. Julie Anne Peters has written a heartbreaking yet ultimately hopeful novel that will speak to anyone who has ever fallen in love with someone who can't love them back.
John Farndon - Children's Encyclopedia
The clearly presented information is organised into thematic sections covering all aspect of the natural and human world. The lively text is made highly accessible by the use of sub headings, fact panels and "did you know?" features. Each illustration and photograph is accompanied by a detailed caption.
Eleanor Clymer - Search for a Living Fossil
The sudden appearance of a living dinosaur could hardly have surprised scientists more that the strange "fish with legs" that was caught off the coast of South Africa in 1938. Thought to be extinct for thirty million years, this living coelacanth started a South African ichthyologist, Dr. J.L.B. Smith, on a fourteen year search as exciting as any detective story.
David Colbert - The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter
J. K. Rowling fills her books with references to history, myths, legends and literature. _The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter_ reveals the stories behind the stories. All the questions you ever wanted to ask about Harry's fantastical world are answered here. Discover the astonishing origins of magical creatures, the clues to hidden meanings in names, and amazing facts about real-life wizards and ancient magic spells. From Alchemists to Unicorns, Basilisks to Veela, this fascinating compendium brings another dimension to Harry's adventures.
Julie Anne Peters - Far from Xanadu
Every day in Coalton is pretty much the same. Mike pumps iron in the morning, drives her truck to school, plays softball in the afternoon, and fixes the neighbors' plumbing at night. But when an exotic new girl, Xanadu, arrives in the small Kansas town, Mike's world is turned upside down. Xanadu is everything Mike is not - cool, complicated, sexy, and... straight. This heartbreaking yet ultimately hopeful novel will speak to anyone who has ever fallen in love with someone just out of reach.
Kevin Brooks - The Bunker Diary
_Room_ meets _Lord of the Flies_, _The Bunker Diary_ is award-winning, young adult writer Kevin Brooks's pulse-pounding exploration of what happens when your worst nightmare comes true - and how will you survive? I can't believe I fell for it. It was still dark when I woke up this morning. As soon as my eyes opened I knew where I was. A low-ceilinged rectangular building made entirely of whitewashed concrete. There are six little rooms along the main corridor. There are no windows. No doors. The lift is the only way in or out. What's he going to do to me? What am I going to do? If I'm right, the lift will come down in five minutes. It did. Only this time it wasn't empty . . .
Scott Westerfeld - Touching Darkness
The Midnighters of Bixby, Oklahoma, know that their town is full of secrets. These five teenagers are the only ones who know about the mysterious hour at midnight when the world freezes, except for them and the creatures that inhabit the darkness. But they do not know why earlier generations of Midnighters all disappeared, or why they are now the only Midnighters in town. As they learn more about the secret hour's twists and turns, they uncover terrifying mysteries woven into the very fabric of Bixby's history, and a conspiracy that touches both the midnight hour and the world of daylight. At the same time, the Midnighters' own secrets start to emerge, including some that were never meant to come to light, changing the fragile dynamics among the five. This time Jessica Day is not the only Midnighter in mortal danger, and if the group can't find a way to come together, they could lose one of their own -- forever. A tale of betrayal, horrifying revelations, and powerful alliances, touching darkness is the second volume of the riveting Midnighters trilogy by acclaimed author Scott Westerfeld.
Miranda Kenneally - Breathe, Annie, Breathe
Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race. But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line. "Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet." — Jennifer Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You
Scott Westerfeld - Goliath
Alek and Dylan are back onboard the Leviathan. The ship is ordered to pick up Tesla, a Russian inventor who has created a machine he claims can destroy half of the world, which he is using as a threat to impose peace. Alek wants to end the war, so decides to back Tesla politically, as do the Darwinists. Meanwhile Dylan is still pretending to be a boy, though Alek has figured out her true identity, and promises to keep her secret. With stops in New York, California and Mexico, Dylan and Alek encounter adventure and intrigue at every turn, but when a secret German plan to sabotage Tesla's machine leads to a heart-stopping stand-off, as Tesla threatens to fire his weapon, it's up to the two of them to stop him - or face the end of the world for real...
Marjai Imre - Nagy kalózkönyv
Régmúlt idők tengeri megpróbáltatásai közé, vad csaták forgatagába hívja olvasóit a könyv. Az egykor volt hősök szinte életre kelnek. Marcona alakjuk elrémít, gonoszságuk felháborít, bajtársiasságuk tiszteletet ébreszt, leleményességükön elcsodálkozunk, kalandjaikban velük izgulunk. A zord időkben is felfénylik néha egy szép szerelem romantikája, vagy felcsattan a jóízű nevetés. Ámulunk azon a nagyszerű bátorságon, amellyel a gyenge ember törékeny hajóin nekivágott a még ismeretlen, ezernyi veszéllyel fenyegető tengernek, és irtózunk ugyanennek az embernek őrülettel határos kegyetlenkedéseitől. Olykor – ha méltatlanul is -szánjuk az elbukottakat. Egy bizonyos: közömbösek nem maradhatunk a kalózok útján járva. Mesevilágnak tűnik mindez – holott valóság. Hiteles források adatai színesednek élővé a szerző tolla nyomán. Miközben együtt sírunk és nevetünk hőseinkkel, a történelem kevéssé ismert területeiről is képet kapunk. Kalandkedvelő fiataloknak és a messzi múltba szívesen tekintő idősebbeknek egyaránt lebilincselő olvasmány a kalózok könyve.
Donna Jo Napoli - Zel
High in the mountains, Zel lives with her mother, who insists they have all they need -- for they have each other. Zel's life is peaceful and protected -- until a chance encounter changes everything. When she meets a beautiful young prince at the market one day, she is profoundly moved by new emotions. But Zel's mother sees the future unfolding -- and she will do the unspeakable to prevent Zel from leaving her...
Ismeretlen szerző - 1000 kérdés 1000 válasz
1000 kérdés - 1000 válasz az élet valamennyi területéről. Ez a témája ennek a fantasztikus könyvnek, számtalan színes képpel, rajzzal. Bár az ifjúságnak készült, a felnőttek is megtalálják az őket érdeklő témákat a Földről, az emberről, az állatvilágról és a technikáról.