Students will learn odd but relevant facts around their basic biologic makeup, from the digestive system to puberty. The facts are broken down into chapters titled "body secrets," "body invaders," "food for thought," "gulp and gasp," "how embarrassing," "baffling brains," "sweet dreams," "strange, but true," "growing up," "What's going on down there?" "moods and stress," "extreme bodies," "beyond belief," and "top ten tips." The format allows pieces of information to be easily digested, with facts like "a flu virus can survive up to 48 hours on surfaces such as door handles, desks and keyboards." It includes information that students may want to learn about, such as menstruation and testicle twisting, but are too embarrassed to ask. Townsend also includes true stories about celebrities or regular people to compliment a section. These include how Daniel Radcliffe (a.k.a. Harry Potter) got a black eye during filming, or how a woman fell 65 feet, breaking her leg, shin and knee, but was able to crawl for help due to endorphins allowing her to move through pain. Color pictures and interesting graphics, as well as an easy-to-read layout, make this a solid reference book for an upper elementary or middle school library. It is part of the "101" series from Raintree Publishing. Reviewer: Elizabeth Leis-Newman
Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)
Meet the Author
John Townsend has been in teaching for 25 years, and has been a full-time writer since January 2003. He has written more than sixty books for young people, on such wide-ranging subjects as monsters, urban legends, spiders, computer crime, and spies. He has also written the recent thrillers The Hand and The Omen and the Ghost. He lives in England.