Genre: YA science story
Length: 91 pages of text, with some definitions and an index at the end
Interest: Mr. Curiosity said he wanted to learn some physics this year. Right after he said that, I read a blog post (and I’m sad that I don’t remember where, or I’d give them the credit) about this book. They promised a Magic Schoolbus-type book for slightly older kids, which was just what I was looking for, so I picked it up.
Summary: The premise of the story is the university wants to build a new physics research center on the fairgrounds. Jeremy is upset they are closing the fairgrounds and holding a physics conference instead, so he decides to work with his uncle, a reporter, to stop the conference. An exchange student, Audrey, decides to show the town the importance of physics. To do that, she demonstrates the importance of physics in sports, art, music, nature, weather, and even the fairgrounds. Turns out the fairgrounds does such a good job demonstrating physics concepts, the university decides to keep it open. Along with the story, there are mini-biographies of important physicists and additional information about terms and equations brought up in the reading.
Final thoughts: A well done book that provides lots of physics information while stressing it’s importance in everyday life. Mr. Curiosity enjoyed reading the story, and the supplemental information within each chapter was there if you wanted to know more about the physics. There’s even a list of definitions at the end, since so many physics terms are used in the text. With all the illustrations, it doesn’t look too overwhelming to read, and as a bonus the characters were quite diverse, with a boy of color and a girl being the main characters. I’d recommend it to anyone who’s looking to learn a bit about physics without reading a hard-core textbook.
Title comes from: Audrey and Jeremy each had a mission dealing with the closing of the fairgrounds and the new physics center. Much of the physics was centered around motion. Besides, it just sounds good together.
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