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Children's LiteratureThis is a book that tells about heroes who not only use their strength to save people but also use their brains and technology. Each chapter is introduced with a full-page picture and a brief statement of what the reader will be learning. For example, chapter five is entitled "Buried alive!" and the brief information given states, "When the earthquake struck Taichung, Taiwan, it sounded like thunder. The ground rolled likes waves on an ocean and every building shook." The photographs found throughout the book are incredible. Readers will enjoy photo treasures: little Erika, a thirteen-month-old baby who had been accidentally frozen; a monster wave; Crazer robots that can flatten to squeeze through tight places; the eye of a hurricane taken from an aerial view looking down. The layout of this book is definitely appealing. Colors, different type fonts, and different colors of print add both interest and motivation to read more. Included in the back of the book is a glossary, source notes, "More Information," Web sites, a selected bibliography, and an index. Both boys and girls will enjoy this book, and it may inspire students to think about possible future careers they will read about in each chapter. I believe that this is a book to be read and re-read many times. I highly recommend this book for school and personal libraries. 2006, Millbrook Press, Ages 9 to 14.
—Kathie M. Josephs