Worlds beyond Our Solar System

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Until the mid-1990s, scientists only guessed that the universe held exoplanets, or planets beyond our solar system. But using advanced physics and powerful telescopes, scientists have since identified more than three thousand exoplanets. This work has revealed fascinating worlds, including a planet that oozes lavalike fluids and a planet that glows bright pink.

Even more fascinating, scientists think that some exoplanets might contain life. Many orbit in the Goldilocks zone, the region around a star that’s not too hot or too cold for liquid water, a key ingredient for life. This book examines exoplanets, the possibilities for life beyond Earth, and the cutting-edge technologies scientists use to learn about distant worlds.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Science, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Space Science
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 88
Publication Date 2017-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 10.6
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN050020, YAN055010
Dewey 523.2/4
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1120
ATOS Reading Level 7.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 187754
Accelerated Reader® Points 3.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Source notes, and Table of contents


School Library Journal

“Perfect for outer space enthusiasts and out of this world for report writers.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“An enticing overview of tools, techniques, and discoveries in what the author rightly characterizes ‘a red-hot field in astronomy.’ . . . [Readers] will come away satisfied and intrigued.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Karen Latchana Kenney

Karen Latchana Kenney was born near the rainforests of Guyana, but moved far north to Minnesota at a young age. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in English and has been writing and editing since. She has worked as an editor at an educational publishing company, but is now a full-time freelance writer and editor in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has written more than 70 books on all kinds of subjects: from arts and crafts to biographies of famous people. Her books have received positive reviews from Booklist, Library Media Connection, and School Library Journal. When she's not busy writing, she loves biking and hiking with her husband and young son in the many beautiful parks of the state. Visit her online at http://latchanakenney.wordpress.com/.