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VOYAUsing items around the house such as soda cans, CDs, and pennies, teens can make a spectroscope or a plastic hydrogen bomb (that turns out to be little more than a homemade water gun). For a few dollars more and a trip to the hardware store, one can create a solar cooker, film canister cannon, or a simple radio. Reading like a recipe, each project includes a shopping list, required tools, and step-by-step instructions. Principles of chemistry and physics are proven by hands-on projects and then explained in detail. Trickier experiments include troubleshooting suggestions. Field's tone is personable and informative, more like a cool mentor than a lofty professor. Reinforcing the scientific method by regaling trial-and-error tales, Field demonstrates that science is a process. The book is well arranged, with projects in each section progressing from easy to more difficult and more detailed. The index was missing from the galley, some terms are not defined in context, and a glossary is lacking. Uncaptioned black-and-white photos clarify the procedures; pictures are especially useful in the "Constructing a Van De Graaff Generator" directions. Because many projects require materials beyond copper tubing and alligator clips, an appendix of suppliers for harder-to-find items would be helpful. Most of the computer-generated diagrams look dated, and cheesy line drawings add to the overall amateurish look. The dull cover and self-published, from-lab-notebooks look might deter casual browsers, but students looking for dramatic science fair projects can find several between these pages. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject;Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2004, Chicago Review Press, 240p.; Index. Illus. Photos., Ages 15 to Adult.