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In our increasingly fast-paced world we believe there is a need for well-written, well-told books that can be read in one sitting. Rapid Reads are short books for adult readers. They are intended for a diverse audience, including ESL students, reluctant readers, adults who struggle with literacy and anyone who wants a high-interest quick read.
Engineering challenges abound in the twenty-first century. Engineers, scientists, and others are searching for—and often finding—ways to improve life for people around the world. Some are working on providing global access to clean water while others are developing fusion energy or reverse-engineering the brain. These and other topics are examined in the Real-World STEM series. All books in the series discuss what exists now, some of the biggest challenges, and some of the most fascinating solut
How should society deal with drug crimes? Many people support tough-on-crime laws and harsh sentencing guidelines to effectively punish offenders and deter crime; yet others are not so sure. An increasing number of people believe that rehabilitating offenders with drug addiction and other issues is a more humane and effective way to deal with drug crimes and make communities safer for all.
When seventeen-year-old Tatiana discovers that she is living four different but parallel lives in the multiverse, she and her other selves must band together to stop a megalomaniac scientist: their father.
Riley Donovan is the new kid in a small town where her aunt (and guardian) has just started a job as a detective on the town’s police force. When things don't seem right to Riley, she can't help but investigate. In her determination to get to the truth, she makes some powerful enemies.
For Grace Parker, surfing is all about the ride and the moment. When she drops into a perfect wave, Grace can forget that her best friend, Ford Watson, has a crush on her that she can't reciprocate, no matter how tempting. She can forget the troubleshe faces at home, where her parents pressure her to be impossibly perfect. She can forget how badly she wants a surf scholarship to UC San Diego. Signing up for her first surf competition, Grace has just one summer to train and impress the universit
No matter the sport, athleticism and hard work are central to athletic performance. But there is more going on when a person runs, jumps, kicks, or throws. Physical forces and biomechanical factors help determine speed, stamina, accuracy, and more. The Science and Technology of Sports series examines the biomechanics, physics, and mathematical principles that shape athletic performance and competition. How these factors influence training and common injuries is also discussed.
The Science of Renewable Energy introduces students to several of today's most important alternative energy sources. Readers will discover the scientific concepts underlying these technologies, learn how they compare with fossil fuels, and explore the cutting-edge research that is going on in each field. The books explore what makes each renewable energy source unique and how each will fit into our diversified energy future. Each volume includes callout definitions for subject vocabulary, diagra
Advances in science and technology undeniably bring about societal change. Gene therapy, for instance, has the potential to revolutionize medicine and the treatment of debilitating illnesses but it also carries significant risks. The Science, Technology, and Society series examines scientific and technological advances in the context of their impact on society. Each book explores how and why this science or technology came about; how it has influenced or shaped daily life and culture; efforts to
Everyone at Singer, a boarding school for underprivileged kids, knows the urban legend of the Society of Seven. Nearly two decades ago, the original members of this exclusive guild murdered the school's founder and then perished in the fire they'd lit to hide the evidence. Or so the story goes. Talan Michaels doesn't care about Singer's past, however. He's too focused on his future and the fact that he'll be homeless after he graduates in May. To take his mind off things, he accepts a mysterious