BEASTLY BRAINS: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel by Nancy Castaldo HMH, 2/7/17
Castaldo delves into the minds of animals and explores animal empathy, communication, tool use, and social societies through interviews and historical anecdotes. Researchers from Charles Darwin to Jane Goodall have spent years analyzing the minds of animals, and today's science is revolutionizing old theories and uncovering surprising similarities to our own minds. Humans are not alone in our ability to think about ourselves, make plans, help each other, or even participate in deception. You'll think differently about the animals on this planet--maybe it's their world and we're just living in it! * "This eye-opening, cogent, and well-structured volume will enlighten students to both the richness of the animal kingdom and the nature of intelligence itself." -- Booklist, STARRED review
ME & MOM vs THE WORLD by Jo Whittemore S+S, 2/7/17
*Formerly titled Colonial Madness* -- A mother-daughter duo take part in a bizarre family challenge in hopes of winning a fortune in this "light, fun read" ( Booklist) -- Whoever can survive two weeks in the Archibald Family's colonial manor will inherit the property. The catch? Contestants have to live as in colonial times: no modern conveniences, no outside help, and daily tests of their abilities to survive challenges of the time period. It's Gilmore Girls meets The Westing Game!