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PHENOMENA; SECRETS OF THE SENSES

Author: Donna M. Jackson

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Publisher: Little, Brown and Company,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Using science and research, we get answers to questions like 'Why do songs get stuck in our heads?' This book goes beyond explaining how our senses work (or our body adjusts when they don't). The author shows us how our experience and environment can affect our senses. This is a book that collects individual stories to help kids explore mind-body phenomena, such as psychic power.

Type of Reading: independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 9 and Up; read yourself: 14 and Up

Interest Level: 10 and up

Reading Level: 9

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: What I love most about this book is the extensive use of images. This is heavy nonfiction, but it is presented with a 'human' side which will make it appealing to readers of all ages ... not just those curious about ESP.

Pros: Readers will find answers to lots of questions - and then have more! - as they explore this nonfiction book.

Cons: This is listed as being written for a middle grade audience (11 to 13) but the reading level is high school (9.0).

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book worth reading, and it will bridge well with both middle school and high school readers.

If You Liked This Book, Try: SNAP   GHOST FILES: THE HAUNTING TRUTH   SPOOK; SCIENCE TACKLES THE AFTERLIFE

Educational Themes: The unique data and information are sure to spark interesting conversations. Build on that spark to explore further, talking about beliefs, faith, science, and psychology.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - science, mythology, middle grade

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2015

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