A secret-agent spin on the technology running through a house.
Casey, who loves a good spy story, wonders about the mysterious, unseen workings of a home. How does tap water get to the top of an apartment building? Where does his garbage go? And how does his friend's voice come out of the telephone?
So begins Casey's dogged investigation into the hidden (and not-so-hidden) workings of the home. Switched On, Flushed Down, Tossed Out follows Casey through sixteen case files investigating such processes as:
- Water sources, hot and cold, and how it travels to your taps
- Sewage treatment and waste water disposal
- Garbage disposal and recycling
- Power generation and how electricity travels
- Telephone, television, and radio transmissions
- Heating and air conditioning.
Each case file offers clear explanations, helpful diagrams, and interesting facts about these and other familiar elements in both houses and apartments. Meanwhile, fascinating sidebars offer surprising examples of household workings throughout history and around the world. A final section offers a glimpse of how our homes may function in the future.
Casey soon discovers the only thing more interesting than a mystery is discovering the facts. So, too, will readers be intrigued by Trudee Romanek's funny and informative look into the not-so-secret world behind the walls. Meanwhile, Stephen MacEachern's vibrant cartoon illustrations and clear diagrams will keep even the most hardboiled detective laughing and well informed.
|Publisher:||Annick Press, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.12(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 10 Years|
About the Author
Trudee Romanek is a children's book editor and the award-winning author of Zzz... The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read About Sleep and The Technology Book for Girls and Other Advanced Beings.
Stephen MacEachern is an accomplished graphic designer and illustrator whose books include 38 Ways to Entertain Your Babysitter and The Kids Guide to Money Cents.
Read an Excerpt
The Water Works Case file #1
Every single time I turn a faucet, water pours out. This morning the water coming from our kitchen tap smelled v-e-r-y strange.
Where exactly does this water come from? How do agents deliver clean water to us at any moment? What is that smell?
Special water agents must have built secret passages to carry rain to our homes. Maybe when one of those agents was checking our passage, she spilled something into it. Maybe THAT'S what I can smell.
Take a look around your city or town. See a lake anywhere nearby? Or maybe a river? Your water probably comes from there. Or it may come from a well or an aquifer, a stream or a lake that's deep underground. But before any of it reaches your tap, stuff has to happen to it.
Water specialists pump lake water or river water through a filter. That gets rid of any leaves or garbage that might be floating in it. Then the specialists test that lake water, or water they're pumping up from underground, to see exactly what's in it. Not all water's clean enough to make it into your kitchen. Some contains germs that would make you sick if you swallowed them. The water specialists add chemicals, such as chlorine, to kill those germs and make the water safe for drinking.
The clean water usually gets pumped into large storage tanks. Look around the place where you live. You might see a storage tank standing up on tall legs. If it's near your home, the water pouring out of your tap probably comes from there.
What you're smelling is chlorine gas. It kills germs that may be in the water.
[sidebar -- newspaper clipping:]
People in some parts of the world have melted glaciers coming out of their taps. About 40% of the tap water in Boulder, Colorado, used to be ice in the Arapahoe Glacier above the city.
Others too have realized that melted ice can be good to drink. Companies that sell water in bottles have started harvesting water from glaciers and icebergs. Desert countries have even considered towing a giant iceberg to their area so that as it melts, they'll have fresh water. So far, no one's figured out how to get the iceberg where they want it without it melting too fast or shattering.
Are giant icebergs sub-zero spy bases for international operations?
Table of Contents
I've noted areas in my own home and at my friend Taylor's that need investigation. They are as follows:
The Water Works
Case File #1: Troubled Waters
Case File #2: Dangerous Journey
Case File #3: Uphill Climb
Case File #4: In Hot Water
Case File #5: Outgoing Evidence
Case File #6: Poop Processing
Case File #7: Curbside Drop-off
Case File #8: Reassignment
Case File #9: Operation Organism
The Powers That Be
Case File #10: Super Poser
Case File #11: Zapped!
Case File #12: Tuning In
Case File #13: Hearing Things
Case File #14: Piping Hot
Case File #15:
Playing It Cool
Case File #16: Inside Job
Agents of Tomorrow