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Cosmic Calendar by Dale Carlson

Title Cosmic Calendar: Big Bang to Your Consciousness
Author Dale Carlson
Publisher Bick Publishing House
Year 2009
ISBN 9781884158346

Teaser/Reader Annotation While the sciences can be intimidating subjects, this book lays everything out in a clear, concise manner with detailed graphics to easy understanding.

Plot Summary Science is one of those subjects that either clicks or it does not. If you are on the wrong side of that scale and find science to be confusing, then this book could prove to be of high value. Cosmic Calendar works to related modern science to the teenager's world, taking difficult concepts and breaking them down into easy to understand graphical representations. There are a myriad of subjects explored within the book including physics, natural history, genetics and evolution, and the human brain and body. The book also contains a number of listed guides and resources that readers will find useful. These include a dictionary of science terms, websites and links for the variety of sciences, and a teacher's guide and questions to consider. In low jargon terminology and the clear, concise graphics, Cosmic Calendar guides teenagers through to a better understanding of the deeper concepts.

Critical Evaluation This book is the graphic edition of In and Out of Your Mind: Teen Science, Human Bites - an ALA Notable Mention, New York Public Library Booklist mention, and a Book of the Year Awards finalist – and deserves the recognition it has gained. Cosmic Calendar makes readers feel comfortable with the subjects and the depth of the material explored. It is, above everything else, very approachable and non-intimidating which is the goal of a science book for young adults. So often, science books aimed at teenagers still delve too deeply into the subjects and are immersed in too technical of jargon, either that or they misjudge teenage intelligence and come across patronizing. The information presented in the book seemed to be accurate, though my own personal understanding of the subject material is not proficient enough to truly judge this aspect. Altogether, the book succeeds in its intended goal – connecting science to the teenager's world.

About the Author Dale Carlson is the author of over sixty books on a variety of subjects. She has published materials in the adult and juvenile, fiction and nonfiction fields and received recognition in each category. Carlson has been awarded three ALA Notable Book Awards, the Christopher Award, the ForeWord Book of the Year Award, YALSO Nomination Quick Picks for Young Adults, New York Publich Library Best Books for Teens, and VOYA Honor Book titles. He main categories of writing are science, psychology, and meditation books for young adults.

Outside of her writing, Carlson is a big traveler. She has both lived and taught in a number of places in the Far East including India, Indonesia, China, and Japan. Oftentimes she splits her year between living and working in America and another part of the world.

Primary Genre Nonfiction

Secondary Genre Science

Curriculum Ties Sciences

Booktalking Ideas

What was an area of science that you would like to see explored more thoroughly or better connected to a teenager's life? It can be a topic discussed in the book or one that was not covered.

Reading Level/Interest Age 13+

Challenge Issues Evolution

1) Become familiar with book and its content.
2) Refer to library's collection policies.
3) Refer to reviews from School Library Journal, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobles.
4) Get reviews from teenagers who are familiar with the book.
5) Refer to the ALA Library Bill of Rights.

Why is it included? I was looking for a good nonfiction book and stumbled upon this one. After flipping through it, I decided to do a more thorough reading.