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However, she later decided to sacrifice herself in a last, desperate stand against the Gileadean regime: she stole a car, she used it to run over and kill a Guardian and wound up in the Colonies as a result. There, she made it her business to help ease the suffering of those poor souls dealing with radiation sickness — unless, of course, she saw them as an enemy to women everywhere. Brought back to Gilead and assigned to a new household, the Handmaid struggled to come to terms with the reality of what her life had become, and wound up violently stabbing Aunt Lydia.

Thankfully, though, Commander Lawrence Bradley Whitford — the very same man who designed Gilead — decided to help Emily escape the hell he had created for her.

It was he who organised the van which spirited her across the border, and it was he who ensured she had a clear passage to we presume the safety of Canada. And showrunner Bruce Miller has informed us that the unlikely duo will play an important role in the upcoming third season. Subtle beyond subtle and just heartbreaking beyond heartbreaking.

But we have not seen the last of them. For those in need of a refresher or who have never read the tome, read on. Ofglen is, just as she is in the TV show, introduced relatively early on in the book. A seemingly pious, pro-army disciple of Gileadism, it is revealed that, just two weeks earlier, she replaced a Handmaid who disappeared inexplicably.

As Offred points out, they are not there to provide companionship: they are there to monitor and report on one another. And yet, despite this, Ofglen remains something of an enigma — until chapter 27, when she and Offred stop at a store called Soul Scrolls which is filled with humming machines that print prayer after prayer after prayer. Ofglen, under the cover of her red hood and white wings, quietly asks Offred whether she believes God actually listens to the machines — a treasonous question, which Offred initially fears has been asked in order to catch her in a criminal act.

However she inadvertently outs herself as a May Day member during a Particicution: instead of joining her fellow subversive Handmaids in clawing, scratching, and beating a supposed rapist to a bloody pulp, Ofglen dashes in first and kicks his head several times, causing him to lose consciousness. Offred may be terrified, but she still attempts to prise some information from the new Ofglen about her friend. The usurper remains silent, refusing to comment on the subject — but, as Offred turns to go, the Handmaid seemingly relents.

Did she truly commit suicide rather than face torture and reveal the names of her co-conspirators? It's a highly effective method to engage the reader with history; my third-grader enjoyed reading it several times as she made different choices. There are nine other books in the series, on everything from the Harlem Renaissance to War in Afghanistan. Yes, you read that right.

In Lowriders in Space , a young mechanic named Lupe Impala, her assistant Flapjack Octopus, and detail artist Elirio Malarita enter a "Universal Car Competition", modify a lowrider with rocket engines, and embark on a tour of the galaxy to collect materials to properly detail the vehicle. It's not exactly the most fact-based journey but it's a heck of a lot of fun! That is, it's not a fact-based journey about space, but I learned a lot about lowriders and Spanish slang reading it. And of course they win the competition and ride off low and slow Throp addresses the reader as a future ISS astronaut, telling you what you need to do to train, how you will ride a Soyuz to the Station, and how you live and sleep up there.

It's fairly up-to-date, featuring photos of the cupola and of ATVs, though it does include a confusing variety of exterior shots of the ISS that are not in chronological order. At least one photo shows the fully assembled ISS, while there are other photos going as far back as the launch of Unity. I don't think that's a serious problem, as the point of the book is to get kids to imagine themselves living in space as astronauts do, and for that it's quite effective. And yes, there is a photo of an astronaut toilet!

The books are absolutely packed with information, and yet the stories are told with drama. Sidebars and pull-quotes contain even more facts. Pictures and illustrations are perfectly matched to the text. These are not complete biographies of the four astronauts, but rather use the astronauts as characters in human exploration history to engage readers in the story. The device works very well. This account of the almost unbelievable effort it took to land the Apollo 11 astronauts on the Moon grips the reader from the start by quoting the speech that President Nixon had been prepared to give in the event that Armstrong and Aldrin died in the attempt.

A treat in the last several pages is snapshots of the people who are quoted in the book. Although the publisher states that the book is for older elementary students, like Almost Astronauts, I think it's suitable and fascinating for older kids and even adults; there are several pages of notes and bibliography at the end to inspire further research. The book's first chapter lays out the factual context for the photo. The second chapter steps back to relate the political context. The third zooms in to the creation of the photo itself, and deconstructs the elements that make it so full of meaning to so many people.

It also explains how this photo was processed, retouched, and even doctored before release for instance, in the original, the top of Aldrin's backpack is cut off at the top edge of the frame. The fourth chapter examines the impact of the photo on individuals and society, both at the time it was taken and in the present day.

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This chapter contains a nice subsection on the conspiracy theories about the Moon landings being faked, which is, I think, important to address in a book aimed at teenagers. It's an excellent resource to open a conversation with young people about how facts and photos can be interpreted in different ways by different people, how single photos can speak volumes, but also how they can be used and even manipulated by different groups to promote their own ends.

It's also a great way to discuss photography as art. This book is part of a series of six , each of which focuses in the same way on one iconic photo. The Science Comics series cleverly uses Socratic dialogue to teach comics-loving kids about scientific topics. Both of these books employ usually animal characters with well-drawn personalities asking questions and talking or arguing among themselves to propel the reader through an incredible quantity of facts.

I love the device of a multi-party conversation because different readers may identify with different characters -- the know-it-all, or the quiet one, or the nervous one, or the bold one -- and keep reading to see how the argument resolves. Of the two, Solar System weights story more heavily, traversing the solar system, while Rockets is more of an argument among the characters that traverses the history of rocket technology.

Both are fun. Full disclosure: I wrote the introduction to Rockets and fact-checked Solar System. This is exactly the kind of book I would have loved as a science-obsessed kid.

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It is filled with facts and gorgeously designed. It can be dipped into at random, or read cover-to-cover. The introductory information on the history of the constellations is thorough without being overlong. And did I mention how absolutely stuffed with factual information it is? Each photo has a short but detailed and informative caption right next to it, making the book easy to navigate. Visual Galaxy is an encyclopedic book, containing a lot more than I expected from its title.

Only about a third of the book is devoted to the Milky Way and the stars and structures within it; almost all of the rest of the book is devoted to our own solar system and is a surprisingly good introduction to solar and planetary science. It contains beautiful photos and illustrations as one would expect from a National Geographic publication. Harris is herself the granddaughter of one of the computers, Miriam Daniel Mann. The book is rich with quotes and stories from the women and their relatives.

Sidebars on nearly every page provide historical and cultural context and technical explanation that enrich the text but can also be skipped if the reader becomes engrossed. I was captivated by the stories of all these women who contributed so much to the development of space technology and human spaceflight, shifting to programming jobs as computers became more capable. They also contributed to opening up wider opportunities for other women. All in all, an inspiring book that belongs in every school library for kids 12 and older.

Reading Sally Ride: A Photobiography of America's Pioneering Woman in Space feels like sitting in a living room, looking through a scrapbook, listening to a family member tell stories of a departed person that she loved. And that's what it is; the book is written by Tam O'Shaugnessy, Ride's partner later in life, and her friend since childhood. Every page is full of family photos and scraps of memorabilia.

I never met Ride myself but now I wish I had.

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O'Shaughnessy details Ride's many accomplishments, but doesn't gloss over faults and challenges: the difficulty she had in finding a field that inspired her to put out her best effort being an astronaut eventually was that ; the depression she suffered after her first flight, an introvert receiving too much attention; and the private final days of her life, before pancreatic cancer ended it.

But these sadder elements are rare; mostly the book tells the story of a uniquely talented woman. All her life, people wanted Sally to be part of their team -- because she was competent, determined, and cool under pressure, and because she was truly a team player. It is the story of 13 women pilots who were selected, in , to undergo the same and in some cases, more stringent harrowing physical and psychological testing that the seven Mercury astronauts underwent, and who passed these tests with flying colors.

He wanted to know: with their lighter body mass and lower oxygen requirements, would women be more cost-effective astronauts than men? But by embarking on a scientific program to answer this question, he and the 13 women astronaut candidates plunged into the s' swirling maelstrom of prejudice and politics.

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Of course, those 13 women never made it to space, and it was not until that 8 of the surviving 11 were able to witness the first American space launch to be piloted by a woman. The second half of the book details the tumultuous social changes in both the public and military spheres that were necessary before women could be admitted to the inner core of America's space program, first as mission specialists and later as shuttle pilots.

Although this story is often frustrating, the book is no feminist rant against past injustice. Instead, the reader is left with admiration for how brave, how resourceful, how strong, how capable these thirteen women were; how they competed on a very unequal playing field to achieve thousands of hours in the air as civilian pilots; and, once they were finally admitted into a program where they were tested no differently from the men, they rose to the challenge and demonstrated that they, too, had the legendary Right Stuff.