New Release Books by Mary Kay Carson

Mary Kay Carson is the author of Escape from . . . the 1916 Shark Attacks (2023), Outdoor School: Animal Watching (2021), Inside Biosphere 2 (2020), Wildlife Ranger Action Guide (2020) and other 112 books.

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Escape from . . . the 1916 Shark Attacks

release date: May 02, 2023
Escape from . . . the 1916 Shark Attacks
Stay out of the water! During the summer of 1916, the "Jersey man-eater"-a great white shark-terrorized the coast of New Jersey. Based on real events, new friends Ed and Mike have to work together to survive one of the deadliest shark attacks in history! In the blistering summer of 1916, Ed Mitchell is melting in the heat wave boiling New York City. All the city pools are closed because of the polio epidemic, so Ed can''t wait to flee to the Jersey Shore and cool off in the ocean. But during his first dip, a great white shark attacks a swimmer and sends the coastline into a panic. Ed is sent away from the shore to visit his aunt in Matawan, New Jersey, where he can stay safe and cool. In Matawan, Ed meets Mike Anders-a local boy who knows all the best spots in the nearby creek. Mike vows to teach Ed to swim, and Ed promises to help Mike read better. Little do they know, the new friends are about to have the summer of their lives. The "Jersey man-eater," the dangerous shark who keeps attacking swimmers, is headed right up the coast and into their favorite swimming spot! Will Ed and Mike be able to survive one of the deadliest shark attacks in history?

Outdoor School: Animal Watching

release date: Apr 27, 2021
Outdoor School: Animal Watching
Rewild your life with Odd Dot''s series of Outdoor School activity books, perfect for young explorers and nature lovers! With its metal corners and over 400 full-color, highly-illustrated pages by Emily Dahl, Mary Kay Carson''s Outdoor School: Animal Watching is your indispensable guide to the wilderness. Make every day an adventure with the included: - Immersive activities to get you exploring - Write-in sections to journal about experiences - Next-level adventures to challenge even seasoned nature lovers No experience is required—only curiosity and courage. This interactive field guide to animals includes: -Animal tracking -Identifying birds by silhouette, size, and color -Reading animal range maps -Bird nest spotting -Essential animal-watching gear -Identifying mammals -Bird calls and animal sounds -Finding amphibians, reptiles, and fish -Spotting scat -Recognizing eyeshine -Recording animal behavior And so much more!

Inside Biosphere 2

release date: Sep 22, 2020
Inside Biosphere 2
* "This enlightening title adeptly connects Biosphere 2''s past with its present and future. Stunning photographs, clear and colorful graphics, and illuminating insets enhance the appeal...Highly recommended." --School Library Journal, starred review As climate change threatens our Earth more and more, readers will be drawn to this exciting nonfiction that details a massive experiment that strived to save our world from its biggest threat--ourselves.

Wildlife Ranger Action Guide

release date: Mar 03, 2020
Wildlife Ranger Action Guide
As concern for the welfare of species like honey bees and monarch butterflies grows alongside awareness of the impact of climate change, inspiring the next generation of citizen scientists is more important than ever. With Wildlife Ranger Action Guide, kids can make the world better for the animals and insects they love, starting right in their own backyards. Dozens of hands-on activities and habitat creation projects, such as making a frog pond from a kiddie pool, planting a pollinator garden for bees, painting a bat house, and building a lodge for lizards, encourage children to learn about and take an active role in protecting local wildlife. Lively photographic field guides covering 78 North American wildlife species teach kids about the habits and habitats of each and include tips for providing the plants and food needed for their survival.

The Tornado Scientist

release date: Mar 19, 2019
The Tornado Scientist
In this addition to the critically acclaimed Scientist in the Field series, scientist Robin Tanamachi and her team are trying to save countless lives across America’s heartland, chasing one tornado at a time. Robin Tanamachi has been captivated by tornadoes and extreme weather her entire life. When she realized people researched weather for a job, she was hooked. She now studies tornadogenesis, or how tornadoes form, and what causes them to get weaker versus strengthen. For her, driving around in a Doppler radar truck aiming towards storms is a normal day in the office. The data she collects is then modeled and studied on computers—with math, physics, and computer science working hand in hand with meteorology. At the end of the day, knowing exactly how, when, and where these violent storms happen can give more warning time for everyone involved.

Escape from . . . the Titanic

release date: Mar 02, 2021
Escape from . . . the Titanic
Patrick is an Irish bellboy working on the Titanic to help his family back home. Sarah is a passenger excited to return to America. Neither of them knows that they are about to embark on the most dangerous trip of their lives. The unsinkable Titanic is not quite what Sarah expected. Instead of dining with movie stars, she finds herself having more fun in steerage with the family of her new friend, Patrick, a bellboy. He shows her all the secrets that the greatest ship in the world has to offer, like heated swimming pools and first-class cabins. But then . . . disaster! The ship crashes into an iceberg, and water begins rushing into the lower decks. The Titanic is going down fast-into the deep, icy Atlantic. Can Sarah find her new friends in time? Can Patrick do his duty and also save himself? Will either of them manage to escape one of the deadliest shipwrecks in history?

Mission To Pluto

release date: Jan 10, 2017
Mission To Pluto
In July of 2015 a robotic spacecraft reached Pluto after a nine-and-half-year journey. New Horizons is the first spacecraft mission to Pluto and revealed its five moons as never before seen. Images from the mission show a reddish surface covered in ice-water mountains, moving glaciers, and hints of possible ice volcanoes and an underground ocean. Pluto is geologically alive and changing! This addition to the Scientists in the Field series goes where no person or spacecraft has ever gone before. Follow along with the team of scientists as they build New Horizons, fly it across the solar system, and make new discoveries about a world three billion miles away.

Life on Mars (Scholastic Reader, Level 2)

release date: Jun 28, 2016
Life on Mars (Scholastic Reader, Level 2)
Discover the truth about life on Mars in this level 2 reader! Mars is a cold, desert planet with no water. But it wasn''t always like this. Could there once have been living things there? Find out in this new level 2 reader all about life on Mars. Includes the most stunning and up-to-date photographs from NASA.

Discovering Mars: The Amazing Story of the Red Planet

release date: Aug 25, 2015
Discovering Mars: The Amazing Story of the Red Planet
Featuring incredible photos and new information about the latest research into Mars, this updated edition of DISCOVERING MARS covers everything about the great red planet, from past to present. Topics include myths and facts about life on Mars, a history of NASA''s Mars research, including the Rover missions, and ideas about our potential future relationship with the planet. With its lively text narrative and beautiful color photos, students and teachers alike will enjoy learning everything there is to know about Mars.

The Universe

release date: Aug 01, 2014
The Universe
"Learn all about the Sun and our nearby neighbors, galactic clusters, superclusters, and cosmic voids."--Publisher''s website.

Park Scientists

release date: May 13, 2014
Park Scientists
America''s National Parks are protected places and have become living museums for as many as 270 million visitors per year! In addition, researchers are able to perform long term studies of a wide number of subjects from salamanders the size of thumbnails to gigantic geothermal geysers. These parks are natural laboratories for scientists. Did you know that Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming sits on top of an active (and very large) volcano? This volcano is monitored and studied on a daily basis, not only as a means of protection (though it seems a long way off from erupting) but also as a way of understanding how the environment changes and influences what goes on deep underground. The scientists profiled in The Park Scientists also study grizzly bears in Yellowstone, the majestic Sagauro catci in Arizona, and fireflies in Tennessee -- and suggest many ways for the average reader of any age to help out. The emphasis here is twofold: the great science that happens everyday in these important, protected spaces, and the fact that you can visit all of them and participate in the research. It''s backyard science at its biggest and best in this resourceful addition to the Scientists in the Field series!

Ocean Adventure

release date: Jan 01, 2014
Ocean Adventure
Ms. Frizzle''s class takes a field trip on the magic school bus and learns about the ocean and the different creatures that live there.

Weird Animals

release date: Sep 07, 2018
Weird Animals
Slime-oozing slugs, red-lipped fish, spine-covered bugs, and tubed-nosed bats. There animals are weird--and AWESOME! But have you ever wondered why they look so strange? Find out! Axolotl, sea pig, mirror spider. These are some crazy-looking critters! But no matter how bizarre or wacky, there''s a reason why animals look the way they do. These characteristics--including their colors, teeth, and behavior--help them survive. With the help of some amazing photos, Mary Kay Carson reveals that, no matter how odd, things like slime and freaky noses are more than just surface features--they''re lifesaving.

Deadly and Dangerous

release date: Dec 30, 2013
Deadly and Dangerous
Simple text and photographs introduce dangerous animals, such as scorpions, pythons, great white sharks, box jellyfish, and more.

Beyond the Solar System

release date: Jun 01, 2013
Beyond the Solar System
Tracing the evolution of humankind''s pursuit of astronomical knowledge, this resource looks deep into the furthest reaches of space. Children will follow along as the realization that the Earth is not at the center of the universe leads all the way up to recent telescopic proof of planets orbiting stars outside the solar system. In addition to its engaging history, this book contains 21 hands-on projects to further explore the subjects discussed. Readers will build a three-dimensional representation of the constellation Orion, see how the universe expands using an inflating balloon, and construct a reflecting telescope out of a makeup mirror and a magnifying glass. It also includes small biographies of famous astronomers, a time line of major scientific discoveries, a glossary of technical terms, and dozens of full-color images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

Far-Out Guide to the Sun

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Far-Out Guide to the Sun
Everything in our solar system orbits the Sun. It is the center of our solar system, and affects everything in it. Robotic explorers have taught us a lot about the star at the center of our solar system. Learn about the amazing missions, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and more far-out facts about the Sun. All the facts you need, and lots more, are included in this up-to-date book.

Far-Out Guide to Mars

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Far-Out Guide to Mars
Earth''s neighbor Mars likely once had an environment that could have supported life. Now it has underground frozen water in many places. Spacecraft from Earth have visited Mars and taught us a lot about this dusty red planet. Featuring a center spread with fast facts, this book tells readers about the missions, the scientists who plan them, and more far-out facts about the fourth planet from the Sun.

What Makes a Tornado Twist?

release date: Jan 01, 2014
What Makes a Tornado Twist?
"Is each snowflake unique? What comes first: thunder or lightning? What causes the seasons? Whatever the weather question a child has--from sunshine to storms or snow--the fascinating answers are right here! "--

Far-Out Guide to Earth

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Far-Out Guide to Earth
Earth is the only planet in our solar system that is suitable for life. It has liquid water, oxygen, and enough gravity to hold its own atmosphere. But did you know that Earth is always changing? Scientists have used spacecraft and satellites to learn more about our planet. They can better predict natural disasters like hurricanes, and monitor volcano eruptions and climate changes. Learn lots of far-out facts about our home planet.

Why Does Earth Spin?

release date: Jan 01, 2014
Why Does Earth Spin?
Answers questions about planet Earth, including how big it is, why the sky is blue, and what makes up the Earth''s core.

Which Way to Freedom?

release date: Jan 06, 2015
Which Way to Freedom?
An introduction to the Underground Railroad and the heroic contributions of Harriet Tubman traces her perilous journey to escape slavery and efforts to help others gain freedom. By the author of How Many Planets Circle the Sun?

Far-Out Guide to Jupiter

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Far-Out Guide to Jupiter
Jupiter is bigger than any other planet in our solar system. It has rings and centuries-old storms. It has more than sixty moons, too—some with underground oceans! Featuring a center spread with fast facts, this great addition to the FAR OUT GUIDE TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM series will tell you everything you need to know about the biggest planet—including missions and the scientists who planned them, and the spacecraft they used to do so.

How Strong Is an Ant?

release date: Aug 08, 2014
How Strong Is an Ant?
In a simple, accessible question-and-answer format, this Good Question! book asks the questions and gives the answers about bugs and insects that young readers really want to know.

Far-Out Guide to Neptune

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Far-Out Guide to Neptune
All the facts you need, and lots more, are included in this up-to-date book. Learn about the amazing missions to Neptune, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and more far-out facts about the eighth planet from the Sun.

Far-Out Guide to Mercury

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Far-Out Guide to Mercury
Cratered Mercury is the smallest and fastest planet in the solar system. Temperatures there vary more than on any other planet. Learn lots of far-out facts about the closest planet to the Sun. This book features a center spread with fast facts, perfect for report writing.

Far-Out Guide to Venus

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Far-Out Guide to Venus
At a scorching 462°C, Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system—and poisonous clouds of gas surround it. Spacecraft from Earth have visited Venus. Learn about the amazing missions and the scientists who plan them This book features a center spread with fast facts, perfect for report writing.

Far-Out Guide to the Moon

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Far-Out Guide to the Moon
Earth has many satellites, but the Moon is Earth''s only natural satellite. Spacecraft and astronauts have visited the Moon to learn more about it. From the Apollo missions to the most current robotic spacecraft, this book highlights our adventures in studying our neighbor in space.

Far-Out Guide to Uranus

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Far-Out Guide to Uranus
How do scientists know anything about Uranus? Spacecraft from Earth have visited Uranus. Featuring a center spread with fast facts, this book highlights the missions, the men and women who plan them, and more far-out facts about the seventh planet from the sun.

Far-Out Guide to the Icy Dwarf Planets

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Far-Out Guide to the Icy Dwarf Planets
Our solar system used to have nine planets. But recently, scientists ruled that Pluto was actually a "dwarf planet." So what exactly is a dwarf planet, how many of them are there, and how do scientists study and classify them? All the facts you need, and lots more, are included in this up-to-date book, featuring a center spread with fast facts.

Far-Out Guide to Asteroids and Comets

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Far-Out Guide to Asteroids and Comets
Have you ever seen a comet or a shooting star? You may think they look pretty, but these giant space rocks can cause major destruction. Scientists keep a close watch on comets and asteroids using high-powered telescopes and spacecraft. Get ready to learn lots of far-out facts about asteroids and comets!

How Many Planets Circle the Sun?

release date: Jan 01, 2014
How Many Planets Circle the Sun?
Answers questions about the universe, including why there is life on Earth, how Saturn got its rings, and which planet has a cloud named Scooter.

How Materials Work

release date: Jan 01, 2012
How Materials Work
"What are diamonds used for? How does water change from a liquid to a gas?"--
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