The Rift Valley and the Archaeological Evidence of the First Humans

East Africa’s Rift Valley has proven a rich source of information about our distant ancestors. Fossil finds there, including the famous Lucy and Turkana Boy, have permanently altered our understanding of how modern humans evolved. Readers will learn about the other hominins—such as the species “Homo erectus” and the genus “Australopithecus”—who help fill out the human family tree. The engaging text explains how archaeologists’ discoveries of bones, tools, early art, evidence of hearths, and other evidence has furthered our understanding of the origins of modern humans. A timeline helps readers understand the chronology of the topic.



Getting Paid to Make Games and Apps (Turning Your Tech Hobbies Into a Career)

For a technophile, its not a big leap to want to create something new. This title offers readers from grades seven through twelve the chance to discover career options in game and app development and the education that will qualify them for those options. Apart from figuring out the creative side, the reader will also discover what is necessary to break into an extremely competitive market as a professional. Readers will experience engaging sidebars that introduce successful young developers and their creations, and various types of references throughout will allow the reader to take in the whole world of development.



creating-with-digital-sewing-machines1Creating with Digital Sewing Machines (Getting Creative with Fab Lab)

This title is a guide for makers who want to revolutionize their sewing game. Readers will learn the difference between mechanical, electronic, and digital sewing machines and how to use the machines in a Fab Lab. With a variety of examples, readers can dive into the exciting world of e-textiles. Transform personal fashion, while learning about conductive thread, LED lights and circuit boards. Readers will be inspired to get busy creating with a digital sewing machine in a Fab Lab.




Nicolaus Copernicus (Leaders of the Scientific Revolution)

For thousands of years, the general consensus among learned people was that Earth was the center of the universe. This belief system remained unchallenged until a quiet, unassuming man wondered if his predecessors had gotten it wrong. The father of modern astronomy, Nicolaus Copernicus was a doctor, church canon, and protector of lands. In his free time, he studied the night sky, spending over thirty years observing and recording the heavens. In this historical biography, readers explore the philosophical and religious aspects of scientific discovery during the Renaissance. Sidebars offer additional information, while a timeline helps readers trace the events of Copernicus’s life.


Gay-Straight Alliances: Networking with Other Teens and Allies (Lgbtq+ Guide to Beating Bullying)

A 2016 Vanderbilt University study reported that LGBTQ+ students in schools with a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) were 52 percent less likely to hear homophobic remarks and experience bullying in school. This title provides the tools and resources to organize a GSA and to become a proactive leader in a community. Also included in the guide are educational activities, tips for being a good ally to LGBTQ+ people of color, and a Myths & Facts section that debunks common assumptions about Gay-Straight Alliances. The comprehensive text is a valuable guide for LGBTQ+ youth and allies.


What Is Mechanical Energy? (Let’s Find Out! Forms of Energy)

Energy is everywhere. Introduce young readers to mechanical energy with this visually engaging text. Mechanical energy is defined through accessible language, explaining basic concepts such as potential and kinetic energy. Learn how mechanical energy has been harnessed in inventive ways over the course of history. Readers discover different sources of mechanical energy and how it can be transformed through real-world examples. The text also shares opportunities to observe and measure mechanical energy in the classroom and beyond, and it features questions that encourage the reader to investigate the topic further.