Emily Windsnap: Six Swishy Tails of Land and Sea by Liz Kessler
Dive into all six of Emily Windsnap’s magical adventures with this enchanting boxed set. Half-mermaid, half-human, and all magic, Emily Windsnap has had middle-grade readers under her spell for more than a decade. All six of her shimmering underwater adventures are now available in one beautiful collection of paperbacks with a bonus twelve-page friendship booklet for readers to share with their BFFs. Includes books 1 through 6, in paperback: The Tail of Emily Windsnap Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist Emily Windsnap and the Siren’s Secret Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls Bonus! Best Friends with Emily Windsnap booklet
"Mermaids are protected by the government under the Endangered Species Act, which means you aren't able to kill them even in self-defense. This is especially problematic if you happen to live in the isolated fishing village of Siren Cove, where there exists a healthy population of mermaids in the surrounding waters that view you as the main source of protein in their diet. The only thing keeping these ravenous sea women at bay is the equally-dangerous supply of human livestock known as Food People. Normally, these "feeder humans" are enough to keep the mermaid population happy and well-fed. But in Siren Cove, the mermaids are avoiding the human livestock and have returned to hunting the frightened local fishermen. It is up to Doctor Black, an eccentric representative of the Food People Corporation, to investigate the matter and hopefully find a way to correct the mermaids' new eating patterns before the remaining villagers end up as fish food. But the more he digs, the more he discovers there are far stranger and more dangerous things than mermaids hidden in this ancient village by the sea."--Page 4 of cover.
The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World by Sarah Stewart Johnson
A young planetary scientist intimately details the search for life on Mars, tracing our centuries-old obsession with this seemingly desolate planet Mars was once similar to Earth, but today there are no rivers, no lakes, no oceans. Coated in red dust, the terrain is bewilderingly empty. And yet multiple spacecraft are circling Mars, sweeping over Terra Sabaea, Syrtis Major, the dunes of Elysium, and Mare Sirenum--on the brink, perhaps, of a staggering find, one that would inspire humankind as much as any discovery in the history of modern science. In this beautifully observed, deeply personal book, Georgetown scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson tells the story of how she and other researchers have scoured Mars for signs of life, transforming the planet from a distant point of light into a world of its own. Johnson's fascination with Mars began as a child in Kentucky, turning over rocks with her father and looking at planets in the night sky. She now conducts fieldwork in some of Earth's most hostile environments, such as the Dry Valleys of Antarctica and the salt flats of Western Australia, developing methods for detecting life on other worlds. Here, with poetic precision, she interlaces her own personal journey--as a female scientist and a mother--with tales of other seekers, from Percival Lowell, who was convinced that a utopian society existed on Mars, to Audouin Dollfus, who tried to carry out astronomical observations from a stratospheric balloon. In the process, she shows how the story of Mars is also a story about Earth: this other world has been our mirror, our foil, a telltale reflection of our own anxieties and yearnings. Empathetic and evocative, The Sirens of Mars offers an unlikely natural history of a place no human has ever set foot, while providing a vivid portrait of our quest to defy our isolation in the cosmos.
Discovery: Honk on the Road! (10-Button Sound Books) by Thea Feldman
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Press the buttons and beep, honk, vroom with 10 different vehicles! This big, bright board book is packed full of noisy fun with things that go! Busy toddlers won't be able to resist pressing the buttons and copying the familiar vehicle sounds that accompany the colorful photographs on every page. The sturdy picture tabs make it easy for young children to turn the pages to find their favorite vehicles, and simple descriptive text brings the noisy world to life.
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