Vicki C Hayes
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Takes readers on a backstage tour of working in engineering, from robotics to roads. Spreads highlight the skills and education readers will need, feature career spotlights, and show readers and where the future of the field is headed.
2) Sky Watchers
Dez and Jax are both in the sixth grade. Now they can be Sky Watchers, kids who patrol the sky path to school on their sky bikes. The Sky Watchers protect their schoolmates from spinners, little flat disks that have been programmed to steal bike packs and take them to the ground below. Nobody but the gang kids go below the tree line. It's polluted down there.
Zuze is a fan of the great Rufus Roth, a superstar musician from the past. And she is thrilled when her music class gets to go on a time traveling field trip. The class will visit five rock concerts. They will listen to two songs at each concert. Then they will return to class to write their reports. Zuze hopes Rufus Roth will sing her favorite song, 'Susie Girl.' Will she be disappointed?
4) Space Trip
Theme: Cooperation & suspense Mr. Flinn's best students go to the space museum a few hours away from Tellis, their planet. But Mr. Flinn is fed up with them. They argue. And they don't get along. They certainly aren't setting an example for the best and brightest Tellis has to offer. But on the way home, Mr. Flinn is knocked out when their self-driving space bus is hit by a space rock, which knocks out the engine. The eight sixth graders have to figure...
Theme: Grief & helping others Jan is angry at everyone. Her mom and sister suffer the most. In a fit of rage, Jan stomps off to her room. When she wakes up, she's home, but it's not real. Everything is hard and cold and gray. The people look different. They are square, short. And they are dying. They need her help. Only a human can cure them. Jan wants no part of it. But the machine that brought her there is broken. She has no choice. Jan learns that...
6) Home Planet
Theme: Trust & nature Sam was born on the moon. He lives on a moon base with his parents. He's never been to Earth. But there's a school break, and his aunt invites him to stay with her family. Sam is excited. He will get to spend time with his cousin, Linn. She will show him around. His parents know he will love his home planet. This series of short novels was designed to engage a broad spectrum of struggling readers. No longer will upper-elementary...