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Children's LiteratureFireworks are a great way to introduce middle school students to chemical reactions. How do fireworks work? Part of a six part series, "Material Matters," this clear, engaging presentation of Chemical Reactions will tickle both the novice and sophisticated chemistry buff. The photographs presented throughout the book are clear and make one dwell on intriguing questions: "When wood burns, is what is left, wood?" "Sodium and chlorine are both dangerous elements," but how do we eat them? Chemical reactions in nature, like photosynthesis, cave formations, and spiders digesting their prey with enzymes, are ticklers illustrating basic concepts. Man-made reactions like light sticks and forensic use of luminal and firework displays, make the reader wonder what is behind these phenomena? Chemical reactions! Throw away those dry textbooks and use this series to get the students excited about chemistry. Extend their knowledge with the websites annotated at the end of the book. Suggestions for search strategies are given and the difference between a search engine like Google and a search directory like Yahooligans is defined. The glossary at the end and the introduction of the new chemical vocabulary on each page is useful. 2004, Raintree, Ages 10 up.