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Super Power Saturdays - Juvenile Nonfiction: All Kinds of Heroes

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Book Cover for Superstars of History by R. J. GrantWelcome to our last month of Super Power Saturdays. So far we have explored a lot of super powers and heroes throughout juvenile books. We've looked at superpowers in fiction in the post What's Your Power?, super powers in graphic novels in Graphic Novels: All Kinds of Powers!, and we explored the unique powers of middle schoolers in Middle School Powers!. But, superheroes and super powers are not limited to fiction. There are real life heroes out there doing amazing things everyday.So, this week's post highlights real life heroes in nonfiction books. Some of these heroes include: animal heroes, first ladies and leaders, explorers and adventurers, inventors, comic book creators, and even everyday children and teens from across the world making a difference. To learn more about these everyday heroes check out some of these picks:

For a list of these and other juvenile nonfiction books about heroes check out the Juvenile NonFiction: All Kinds of Heroes book list in our catalog.

And don't forget to check back in two weeks for our last post in the Super Power Saturdays series where we will feature books that can help you create your own superheroes, graphic novels, and stories in the post Creating Your Own Superheroes and Graphic Novels.

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!


Animal Heroes

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Every hero has a story, including many special and remarkable animals. Do you know the story of Balto, a Siberian husky who carried medicine through an Alaskan snowstorm to a town full of sick people? How about Lulu, the kangaroo who saved her human friend after a car accident? Do you like horses? Check out Horse Heroes to learn about some famous horses in history. If you want a book with a little bit of everything, from dramatic rescues to wild and wacky animal adventures, try 125 True Stories of Amazing Animals.  Looking for more stories about furry heroes? Just ask a UAPL staff member for a recommendation (and complete a Summer Library Club activity at the same time!)


Super Power Saturdays - Middle School Powers!

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Summer Library Club is in full swing and we are well underway looking at super power books. So far we have looked at What's Your Power? and Juvenile Graphic Novels - All Kinds of Powers! This week we will highlight books about Middle School Powers. There are a lot of great books out there about all the unique powers, abilities, and experiences of middle schoolers. For a few top picks check these out:

One of my favorites from this list is Savvy by Ingrid Law. It's about a girl who is about to turn 13 and everyone in her family gets a unique power on their 13th birthday - and she knows hers is going to be great. But, when her dad gets hurt and she and her siblings are left behind, she knows it's her power that will save him. And so begins an adventure across the state to reach her dad and find her power. If you have already read Savvy there is a companion book Scumble that tells the story of her cousin. And as a bit of news, coming soon is book 3 in the Savvy series! It is called Switch and will be available September 2015. Checkout Ingrid Law's website  for more information. In the meantime here is a sneak peak at Savvy.


For a list of these and other great middle school reads check out the Middle School Powers book list in our catalog.

On July 4th we will look at real life heroes in NonFiction: All Kinds of Heroes. And we will wrap things up on July 15th where we explore how to make your own characters and graphic novels in Creating Your Own Superheroes and Graphic Novels.

Happy “Superpowered” Reading!

It's a Fact: Summer is Mesmerizing

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Today most of us think hypnotism is a party trick that makes people act like chickens.  But it's creator, Franz Anton Mesmer, thought it could be used to treat many of the illnesses of his day.  In 1774, Mesmer began using his method of staring into a patient's eyes while making “passes” with his hands to free the flow of “the process of life” within the body.  By 1784 enough people were interested in this procedure that the king of France commissioned a study of Mesmer's practices using the scientific method.

Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled all of France by Mara Rockliffe tells the story of this investigation in a whimsical look at a true moment in history.

Take a look at other hard-to-believe scientific discoveries in Weird Science: Mad Marvels from the Way-Out World by Matthew Lake.  And if you'd like to try using the scientic method yourself, check out True or False? by Andrea Mills.

Super Power Saturdays: Juvenile Graphic Novels - All Kinds of Powers!

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Welcome back to Super Power Saturdays! Last week we looked at super powers in juvenile fiction and even looked at ways to find our own unique powers in the post What's Your Power?. This week takes us into the place that started it all – Graphic Novels and Comics. From traditional powers like super strength and flying, to magical abilities, to super heroes in space there are a lot of great graphic novels and comics out there that feature some amazing and unique super powers. Some great picks are:

One of my favorites is Zita: The Spacegirl by Ben Hatke. In this three part series Zita and her friend Joseph are unwittingly transported to another planet where Zita and Joseph are swept up in a series of adventures and where Zita dons a green cape and becomes known as Zita the Spacegirl! For a sneak peak check out the book trailer:


And for some more fun don’t miss Sidekicks by Dan Santat which features super powered animals. See the book trailer for a look at the adventures these animal heroes have.


For links to these and other great graphic novels in our catalog see our Juvenile Graphic Novels – All Kinds of Powers! book list. And for the juvenile fiction list that was featured in the May 30th blog post What's Your Power? see the Juvenile Super Powered Fiction book list.

Don’t forget to check back in two weeks (June 20th) for Middle School Powers! And then again the first and third Saturday in July for more great super powered books.

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!