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Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Books of 2013 for Ages 9 to 12

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Alex the Parrot: No Ordinary Bird: A True Story Cover Image
By Stephanie Spinner, Meilo So (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780375868467
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2012

A scientist trains a gray parrot to talk and comprehend. Colorful watercolor and gouache illustrations. (8-10)


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A Black Hole Is Not a Hole Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781570917837
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - February 1st, 2012

Clear explanations, dramatic images and photographs, and helpful diagrams introduce these “spaces with a powerful pull.” Time line, glossary, literary resources, and websites. (9-13)


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Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780805090628
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Henry Holt & Company - February 14th, 2012

Fall butterflying, winter birding, spring frogging, summer ladybugging—learn about the techniques and equipment needed to enjoy contributing to the advance of knowledge of the natural world. Glossary, resources, bibliography. (8-14)


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City Critters: Wildlife in the Urban Jungle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781554693948
Availability: Special Order
Published: Orca Book Publishers - April 1st, 2012

Learn about the surprising animals that share our cities and the mixed blessings they bring. Colorful photographs. (9-12)


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Scholastic Discover More: The Elements (Scholastic Discover More (Expert)) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780545330190
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Published: Scholastic Reference - January 1st, 2012

Learn about the properties and uses of the basic substances—from hydrogen to ununhexium—that everything on Earth is made of. Clear diagrams and photographs. (9-12)


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Get the Scoop on Animal Poop: From Lions to Tapeworms: 251 Cool Facts about Scat, Frass, Dung, and More! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781936140428
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Published: Imagine - February 1st, 2012

All animals need to eliminate waste from their bodies, and they do it in many different ways. Accessible facts presented with humor. Detailed photographs. (8-12)


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Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780618535743
Availability: Backordered
Published: Clarion Books - July 10th, 2012

The social and medical history of the ravages of tuberculosis and search for a cure is presented in clear, accessible language. Archival photographs and drawings. (10-14)


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Matter Matters! (Super Science) Cover Image
By Tom Adams, Thomas Flintman (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780763660963
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Published: Templar Books - August 14th, 2012

Atoms, elements, solids, liquids, gases, and more are explained simply and depicted with colorful pop-ups. (8-12)


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The Mighty Mars Rovers (Scientists in the Field) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780547478814
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 19th, 2012

Join the rovers’ mission to explore Mars along with Steven Squyres, lead scientist, and his team. Illustrated with photos by Rover and of the scientists and engineers. (9-14)


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Night Sky (Scholastic Discover More (Expert)) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780545383745
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Published: Scholastic Reference - May 1st, 2012

Explore the stars, planets, and galaxies. Colorful photographs. (9-12)


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Scholastic Discover More: Penguins (Scholastic Discover More (Confident)) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780545330244
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Published: Scholastic Reference - January 1st, 2012

Want to know about penguins? Find out where they live, what they eat, how they sleep, and other interesting facts, including how to protect them. (8–11)


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Scholastic Discover More: Planets (Scholastic Discover More (Confident)) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780545330282
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Published: Scholastic Reference - January 1st, 2012

Learn about planets, galaxies, rockets, space shuttles, astronauts, and the International Space Station. Illuminating diagrams and photographs. (8-12)


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The Skull in the Rock: How a Scientist, a Boy, and Google Earth Opened a New Window on Human Origins Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781426310102
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: National Geographic Society - October 23rd, 2012

After nine-year-old Matthew finds a fossil, his father discovers new ways of looking at human evolution. (8-12)


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Unusual Creatures: A Mostly Accurate Account of Some of Earth's Strangest Animals Cover Image
By Michael Hearst, Jelmer Noordeman (Illustrator), Christie Wright (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781452104676
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Chronicle Books - September 26th, 2012

The blobfish is the Jell-O of the sea, the Jesus Christ Lizard appears to walk on water, and the hagfish secretes gross slime—learn more about these and other extraordinary animals. (9-14)


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65 More Short Mysteries You Solve with Science! (One Minute Mysteries) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781938492006
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Published: Platypus Media - November 16th, 2012

Use logic, general information, and scientific knowledge to solve these science mysteries.


Buzz about Bees (Up Close with Animals) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781554552023
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Published: Fitzhenry & Whiteside - March 22nd, 2013

Clear text and well-labeled drawings and photographs provide an in-depth account of the history and social structure of bees.


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