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THE TELL-TALE BRAIN; A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human

Author: V.S. Ramachandran

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Publisher: W. W. Norton Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This nonfiction book has many different stories and facts about the human brain. There are lots of anecdotes related to the author's cases as a neuro-scientist. For example he had examined patients who could see colors when looking at a certain number and went into a deep explanation on what makes us human and what it means to be human. This is an adult-oriented title that has a YA reading level.

Type of Reading: independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 10 and Up; read yourself: 13 and Up

Interest Level: 12 and up

Reading Level: 7

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: Ramachandran is a brilliant neuro-scientist who has written a marvelous book. I would definitely pick it up. I never thought a non-fiction book could be so interesting but this book just blew my mind.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: Fascinating detail and real stories make this a book a page-turner for teens. Even though it is heavily scientific, the writing is very accessible and understandable for a YA audience.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is fascinating and readers will explore everything The Tell-Tale Brain, unless they are fascinated by human science, they will move on to another book.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BRAIN: A 21st CENTURY LOOK AT A 400-MILLION-YEAR-OLD ORGAN   YOUR FANTASTIC ELASTIC BRAIN: STRETCH IT, SHAPE IT   BONES, BRAINS AND DNA; The Human Genome and Human Evolution

Educational Themes: This is all about human physiology.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - science, anatomy

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2013

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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