Faulty Hearts

True Survival Stories

From the Series Powerful Medicine

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

• A woman with with a faulty heart muscle receives an electrical device that keeps her blood pumping. Months later, her heart is strong enough to pump on its own.
• A man with a heart too weak to beat properly undergoes a heart transplant.
• Doctors invent a thumb-sized pump that brings the reality of an artificial heart one step closer.

That’s powerful medicine!

Explore the power of medicine through the true stories of people who survived life-threatening heart problems. Find out how doctors use the latest medical breakthroughs to save patients with weak or damaged hearts. You’ll also learn tips for heart health, as well as fascinating facts about the heart’s different sections and how they aid the body.

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Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Science
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2010-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 6.4
BISACS JNF024000, JNF051000
Dewey 612.1
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 920
Guided Reading Level Z
ATOS Reading Level 6.4
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 137367
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides

Author: Sandra Markle

Sandra Markle is the author of numerous award-winning books for children. A former elementary science teacher, she is a nationally-known science education consultant. Markle has received many honors for her series Animal Predators, Animal Scavengers, and Animal Prey. Several titles have been named as National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)/Children’s Book Council (CBC) Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, and Animal Predators was honored as a Top 10 Youth Nonfiction Series by Booklist. Markle is also the author of the Insect World series and several single titles. Her book Rescues! was named a Best Book by the Society of School Librarians International and a Recommended Title of Outstanding Nonfiction by the National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) Orbis Pictus Award committee; Animal Heroes was named a 2008 Lasting Connections title by Book Links. Markle lives in Lakewood Ranch, Florida with her husband, photographer Skip Jeffery.

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Powerful Medicine

Explore the power of medicine through the true stories of people who lived through injuries and diseases that impact one part of the body. Award-winning science author Sandra Markle explains how doctors use the latest medical breakthroughs to repair the damage and prepare patients for… View available downloads →


  • Science Books & Films Best Books, Winner, 2011
  • SSLI Book Award Honor Book, Commended, 2011


The Horn Book Guide

“In each volume, Markle weaves stories of two or three individuals suffering from the title disease or disorder in among scientific information about the malady and its treatment. Because the personal stories are so well integrated into the text, the science won’t overwhelm readers. Frequent full-color photos and micrographs demonstrate treatments and lab findings and further connect readers with the featured individuals.” —The Horn Book Guide

Library Media Connection

“Students will immediately be drawn to these eye-catching photographs as well as to the illustrations of some of the newest medical techniques and procedures. These books will attract not only those students studying the human body, but also those students who may be interested in a career in medicine.” —Library Media Connection

School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

“These narratives read like information from the Discovery Health channel, for kids: part fascinating science, part human interest story, and part ‘Eew, gross!’” —School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Science Books & Films

“This book, appropriate for junior high school students to adults of all ages, is extremely well done, with a number of great examples of survival stories.” —Science Books & Films


“The issues covered in the titles Leukemia, Lost Sight, and Faulty Hearts can be frightening as well as life-threatening, but the author of this series, a respected science writer, has a no-nonsense approach to the facts and risks. . . . This series fills the need for up-to-date books on medical topics using vocabulary that a young teenager can understand.” —VOYA