Save the Crash-test Dummies

by Jennifer Swanson
Illustrated by TeMika Grooms
Category: Themes: Humor
Jump in the driver’s seat for this entertaining, STEM-filled tour of the history of car production and the science and engineering that makes cars safe.  
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  • ISBN: 9781682630228
  • Publication date: 10/01/2019
  • Page Count: 104
  • Size: 8" x 10"
  • Age Range: 8-12
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  • Page Count: 104
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Description

Jump in the driver’s seat for this entertaining, STEM-filled tour of the history of car production and the science and engineering that makes cars safe.

★ “[An] innovative blend of history, technology, and engineering…. STEM at its best.”—Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

Cars take us to work. To school. To soccer practice. To the grocery store and home again. Can you imagine a world without them? It’s not so easy!

One of the reasons we can use cars so much in our everyday lives is because they are safe to drive. But that hasn’t always been the case. If it weren’t for the experiments conducted over decades that involved all kinds of crash test volunteers―dead, alive, animal, or automated―cars as we know them might not be around. And then how would you get to school?

Filled with fun four‐wheeled nuggets of history and explanations of how cars actually work, this nonfiction book from former science educator and award-winning author Jennifer Swanson will appeal to lovers of all things that go and readers who are interested in getting under the hood and seeing how things work.

Author/Illustrator

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Jennifer Swanson

Author

The author of more than thirty-five nonfiction books for young readers, Jennifer Swanson holds a BS in chemistry from the United States Naval Academy and an MS Ed in K-8 science from Walden University.

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TeMika Grooms

Illustrator

TeMika Grooms is an illustrator and arts advocate inspired by great stories and the characters that live them. She is intrigued by sequential art, specifically in the form of children’s literature and graphic novels, and the power they hold to influence change in society.

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Reviews

“[An] innovative blend of history, technology, and engineering…insightful fun. STEM at its best.”—Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

“Attractively designed and engagingly written—sure to appeal to readers with a taste for the scientific and technical.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The information presented here is interesting, and most readers will find it fascinating to learn how car safety has changed over time.” —School Library Connection

Awards

Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Award Silver Honor ―California Reading Association, 2019

AAAS/Subaru  SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books (Middle Grades Longlist)―American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2021

Best STEM Books ―ASEE / ITEEA / NSTA / SEPA / CBC, 2020

Parents’ Choice Gold Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2020

Resources

Resources: Other, Teacher's Guide, Videos & Trailers

Teacher’s Guide
Author Q&A

More Details

AR Level: 6.4
F&P: Y, Gr 6, Genre I
Lexile: 920L
Themes: Automobiles, Invention, Safety, Scientific Advancement, Technology
BISAC 1: JNF057030 JUVENILE NONFICTION/Transportation/Cars & Trucks
BISAC 2: JNF051120 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Technology / How Things Work-Are Made
BISAC 3: JNF061010 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Technology / Inventions

Books By Jennifer Swanson