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Castles, Palaces, & Tombs

Each book in this high interest series features a famous castle or palace such as the Taj Mahal, Versailles, Himeji in Japan, Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, and Windsor Castle; its country; and the history of those who built them. Large color photos, maps, and diagrams enhance the text, written…

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Defining Moments

The great achievements of Chavez and Reeve are highlighted in these introductory biographies. Each individual overcame obstacles and became a role model and hero for many people. Both books are straightforward and clear. The tone is hopeful and encouraging. A few relevant childhood details…

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Dog Heroes

Children love dogs and this series does a wonderful job of portraying different types of dogs who are considered heroes in our society. The series shows students that dogs are capable of being more than a pet. Each book explains the dog’s responsibility in society as well as how they are…

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X-Treme Disasters

Since tsunamis made the headlines in late 2004, students have been clamoring for books on natural disasters. This series, which covers an historic blizzard, tsunami, earthquake, tornado, wild fire, and the Dust Bowl, would be appropriate for children eight years and older. The layout of the…

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X-Treme Places

These books investigate some of the world’s most extreme locations and introduce readers to an individual who has spent time in each environment and endured its harsh conditions. The appealing layout is sure to capture children’s interest. They will enjoy picking up these stories of…

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X-Treme Disasters

Full review available in the November 2005 issue of School Library Journal.

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X-Treme Disasters

Full review available in the November 2005 issue of School Library Journal.

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Defining Moments

Books in the Defining Moments series offer simple, straightforward biographies of historical figures—among them, Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez, and Christopher Reeve—who overcame great obstacles to make a positive difference in society. Biographical information begins with details…

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Castles, Palaces, & Tombs

Full review published in School Library Journal.

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Castles, Palaces, & Tombs

Full review published in School Library Journal.

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Dog Heroes

Large, colorful photos clearly show a variety of working dogs in training and engaged in their tasks. The simple texts are easy to interpret for reluctant or early readers and yet informative enough to provide a definition of the dog’s duties and what is required from it to fulfill each…

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Dust Bowl

This new series has a melodramatic name—X-treme Disasters That Changed America—but the writing is solid and the format open and inviting. Starting with Black Sunday, the day a black storm cloud of dirt raced across the Great Plains, Levey does an excellent job of explaining the physical…

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