Grade 8

Fall 2020

Biohackers

From the Series STEM Body

A woman waves her hand and her car roars to life. She touches her unadorned ear to take a call in the car as she drives to a cryotherapy parlor. She is a biohacker. What other technologies… Read More →

  • Lexile: 770

Bioluminescence: Nature and Science at Work

What do giant squids, mantis shrimp, and fireflies have in common? These animals, along with a wide range of creatures, are able to give off light; this is called bioluminescence. Different… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1250
  • ATOS: 8.6
  • Dewey: 572'.4358
Fall 2020

Bionic Beasts: Saving Animal Lives with Artificial Flippers, Legs, and Beaks

What happens when a young elephant steps on a buried land mine? What happens when a sea turtle’s flipper is injured by a predator? Thanks to recent advances in technology, we have new ways to… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1150
  • Dewey: 636.089/7
Fall 2020

Bionic Bodies

From the Series STEM Body

The first prosthetic limb was discovered in an Egyptian tomb. This simple technology allowed an amputee to walk again. Over 2,000 years, advances in materials, science, medicine, and computer… Read More →

  • Lexile: 700

Black Beauty

From the Series First Avenue Classics ™

Follow the adventures of a young horse in Victorian England, beginning with his idyllic upbringing with his mother on a farm, to his short career as a carriage horse for a wealthy family, to… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1020
  • ATOS: 7.7
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Black Blizzard

From the Series Day of Disaster

Just when Tyler thought his day couldn't get any worse, his speech team's bus gets stuck in the middle of the desert. After an embarrassing screw-up that caused the team to lose, all Tyler… Read More →

  • Lexile: 660
  • ATOS: 4.4
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Black Holes: The Weird Science of the Most Mysterious Objects in the Universe

In 2015 two powerful telescopes detected something physicists had been seeking for more than one hundred years—gravitational waves from the collision of two black holes. This announcement… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1090
  • Dewey: 523.8/875

Black Widows: Deadly Biters

From the Series Arachnid World

Beware of the venomous spider with the large red spot—it is a black widow! In this book you will learn how black widows are similar to and different from other arachnids. Close-up photographs… Read More →

  • Lexile: 830
  • ATOS: 5.4
  • Dewey: 595.4'4

Blazing Courage

From the Series Animal Rescues

Since getting a job at Top Tier stables, Annie has had her mind set on just one thing: earning enough money to buy a horse of her own. When she reaches her savings goal, she bids on a horse… Read More →

  • Lexile: 640
  • ATOS: 4.2
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Bleed, Blister, Puke, and Purge: The Dirty Secrets Behind Early American Medicine

Riots over the medical use of cadavers, public access to institutions for the insane, and full-blown surgeries without the aid of anesthetics or painkillers. Welcome to the middle ages of… Read More →

Blind Curve: Acura Integra

From the Series Turbocharged

An Acura Integra has been in Penny's family's garage for years. Now, after countless hours of work, Penny and her brother have turned the Acura into fine-tuned street-racing machine. But just… Read More →

  • Lexile: 630
  • ATOS: 4.0
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Blink

When Josh was four, a little girl named Rachel was kidnapped and never found. Twelve years later, Chatham Clairborne appears, apparently on the hunt for her runaway sister. But Josh suspects… Read More →

  • Lexile: 700
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Blizzards

From the Series Disasters Up Close

A winter snowfall can be beautiful. But if conditions call for dense snow, freezing temperatures, and bone-chilling wind, you are in for a dangerous blizzard. These blinding, swirling storms… Read More →

  • ATOS: 5.5
  • Dewey: 551.55'5

Blood Moon

From the Series Midnight

Mateo has waited all year for this weekend: a road trip with his best friends to view the fabled blood moon eclipse. Even better, they're riding in the jeep he rebuilt himself. But when a… Read More →

  • Lexile: 620
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Blow Out

From the Series Counterattack

It's the start of a new soccer season, and Lacy Sheridan is anxious. She spent the winter recovering from a knee injury that still gives her nightmares. But Lacy is trying not to let fear get… Read More →

  • Lexile: 580
  • ATOS: 3.8
  • Dewey: [Fic]

BMX Street

From the Series Extreme Summer Sports Zone

Did you know that BMX street riders do awesome tricks using objects you might see in a city park? These daring athletes slide down handrails with their grinds. They bunny hop up curbs and… Read More →

  • Lexile: 910
  • ATOS: 5.3
  • Dewey: 796.6'22

BMX Vert

From the Series Extreme Summer Sports Zone

Did you know that the top BMX vert riders can race up and down ramps to show off awesome stunts like no-handed 900° aerial spins? They can rotate their bikes two and a half times while… Read More →

  • Lexile: 850
  • ATOS: 5.1
  • Dewey: 796.6'22

Board Sports

From the Series On the Radar: Sports

The tricks, stunts, thrills, and spills of boarding add up to a culture that is addictively cool. Make sure it's on your radar! Inside you'll find these features: Star Story Read about the… Read More →

  • Lexile: 940
  • ATOS: 5.5
  • Dewey: 796.04'6

Body 2.0: The Engineering Revolution in Medicine

Scientists are on the verge of a revolution in biomedical engineering that will forever change the way we think about medicine, even life itself. Cutting-edge researchers are working to build… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1170
  • Dewey: 610.28

Body Decoration

From the Series On the Radar: Street Style

Shocking or beautiful, body decoration can make people stop and stare. Make sure it's on your radar!Inside you'll find these features:The History BitDiscover why body decoration is nothing… Read More →

  • Lexile: 990
  • ATOS: 6.2
  • Dewey: 391.6'5

Body Shot

From the Series The Dojo

Meghan lived through the car crash that killed her mom, but it left her with injuries that ruined her school sports career. Now she's the dojo's toughest female fighter. She just has to avoid… Read More →

  • Lexile: 710
  • ATOS: 4.6
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Boho Fashion

From the Series What's Your Style?

Is your style… • flowy and ultrafeminine? • super eclectic, with lots of mixing and matching? • earthy and a little laid-back? Then you are clearly boho chic! And so are lots of… Read More →

  • Lexile: 810
  • Dewey: 746.9'2

Bold Composer: A Story about Ludwig van Beethoven

From the Series Creative Minds Biographies

Famous 19th century composer Ludwig van Beethoven compsed hundreds of works in his lifetime, including the well-known Moonlight Sonata and Symphony No. 5 and Symphony No. 9. He remains among… Read More →

  • ATOS: 5.4
  • Dewey: 780.92

Bombs over Bikini: The World’s First Nuclear Disaster

In 1946, as part of the Cold War arms race, the US military launched a program to test nuclear bombs in the Marshall Islands of the Pacific Ocean. From 1946 until 1958, the military detonated… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1150
  • Dewey: 623.4'5119