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New Books for Tweens and Teens

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Tween and Teen Books! Keep your tween and teen readers engaged with these exciting new books!


skeletonThe Skeleton Book: Get to Know Your Bones, Inside Out
$14.99; DK.com

Full of incredible computer-generated 3-D images, this book works down from the skull to the toes so that each one of the 206 bones are fully explored. This book also uses comparison to animal skeletons to help kids understand more about their bones and show how the human skeleton is unique. With an embossed cover and a pull out five-foot skeleton poster inside the book, The Skeleton Book gives perspective for kids to study a life-size version of the human skeleton.


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Dungeons & Dragons Dungeonology
$24.99; Candlewick.com

The world's most beloved roleplaying game, Dungeons & Dragons, joins the legendary 'Ology series as the renowned guide Volo Geddarm takes you on an unforgettable journey through the Forgotten Realms. From the dreaming spires of Waterdeep to the frozen majesty of Drizzt Do'Urden's Icewind Dale, and from the despicable Underdark to the mysterious Underchasm, you'll learn the history, secrets, and wonders of this incredible world.


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The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay
$35; hmhco.com

Famously packed with information on the inner workings of everything from windmills to Wi-Fi, this extraordinary and humorous book both guides readers through the fundamental principles of machines, and shows how the developments of the past are building the world of tomorrow. This sweepingly revised edition embraces all of the latest developments, from touchscreens to 3D printer. Each scientific principle is brilliantly explained--with the help of a charming, if rather slow-witted, woolly mammoth. An illustrated survey of significant inventions closes the book, along with a glossary of technical terms, and an index.


dragonDragonology The Coloring Book
$14.99; Candlewick.com

Express your creativity with an artist’s companion to the beloved Dragonology. With intricate illustrations and fascinating facts, here is a chance to bring vivid color to an array of incredible dragons, including the European dragon, the Frost dragon, the Chinese lung, the American amphithere, and many more. After learning about and coloring the dragons in this book, both experienced and apprentice dragonologists will be fully prepared for that all-important first dragon encounter.


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DK Find Out! Science
$10.99; DK.com

The DK findout! series helps kids become experts on their favorite subjects—from dinosaurs to space. Learn the differences between atoms, molecules, mixtures, and compounds; find out how plants work; and see the water cycle in action. Find out what makes up matter, how the food chain is stacked, and how the weather works. Read about electricity and magnetism to discover how they affect our daily lives. Follow up with your own experiments, including how to make a rainbow! Pull out the special cover flaps to see extra information about science and take a quiz about everything in the book. Perfect for young scientists who can't get enough STEAM, DK findout! Science is filled with bright photography and quirky facts that make learning a blast.


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California the Magic Island by Doug Hansen
$17; HeydayBooks.com

Queen Calafia, the main character of a sixteenth-century Spanish romance about an island overflowing with gold and populated by Amazon-like women, is incensed when she hears that we have adopted her name for our state. Being the good and reasonable queen that she is, she's willing to hear from twenty-six animals about why California is worthy of her name. But if she decides it isn't, she'll launch an army of goddesses riding griffins to wreak her vengeance! Each animal characterizes California in a key cultural object or historical event: for example, the swordfish describes the tomols of the Chumash people, while the gull tells Calafia about the Gold Rush. Large, intricate illustrations display a wealth of research into every subject, rendered with the highest level of artistic skill.

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Oh Ick! By Joy Masoff
$14.95; Workman.com

Featuring 114 interactive experiments and ick-tivities, Oh, Ick! delves into the science behind everything disgusting. Stage an Ooze Olympics to demonstrate viscosity and the nature of slime. Observe how fungi grow by making a Mold Zoo. Embark on an Insect Safari to get to know the creepy crawlies around your home. And learn what causes that embarrassing acne on your face by baking a Pimple Cake to pop—and eat. Eww!


monstersMonsters and Heroes of the Realms: A Dungeons & Dragons Coloring Book
$14.99; Candlewick.com

The Monsters and Heroes of the Realms: A Dungeons & Dragons Coloring Book is a treasure trove of illustrations summoned from the pages of the official Dungeons & Dragons manuals. It features never-before-seen artwork and it includes 16 pages of inspirational full-color illustrations. In this book the pen IS mightier than the sword.



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Science Encyclopedia: Atom Smashing, Food Chemistry, Animals, Space, and More!
$24.99; Kids.NationalGeographic.com

Food chemistry, atom crashing, wave power, food chemistry, and robots! These are just a few of the topics covered in this fantastic new science encyclopedia, which presents a comprehensive overview of physical and life sciences from A to Z. Super smart and kid-friendly, it’s packed with full-color photographs, weird but true facts, amazing statistics, do-it-yourself experiments, plus profiles of scientists and National Geographic's explorers who rock the world of science.


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It Can’t Be True ! 2: More Incredible Visual Comparisons
$19.99; DK.com

Discover more amazing and seemingly impossible facts. By combining hard to believe facts with CGI renderings and photographs, this book places information with visual aids that puts everything to scale, including how the Titanic would be in the shadow of today's huge ocean liners. Kids will love the weird, out-of-this-world facts for just about anything. See how big a squid can grow compared to people, figure out how much water an elephant can hold in its trunk, and look at how a tiny frog can fit on a coin.


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How Things Work by T.J. Resler
$19.99; Kids.NationalGeographic.com

Ever wanted to take apart the microwave to see how it works? Crack open your computer and peek inside? Intrigued by how things work? So are we! That's why we're dissecting all kinds of things from rubber erasers to tractor beams! Read along as National Geographic Kids unplugs, unravels, and reveals how things do what they do. Complete with "Tales from the Lab," true stories, biographies of real scientists and engineers, exciting diagrams and illustrations, accessible explanations, trivia, and fun features, this cool book explains it all!

Published: December 2016