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The Missing Cub: The Darcy Fast Story
Darcy is, in his words, “The Missing Cub,” the man whose pitching might have helped the 1969 Cubs prevent one of the most inglorious collapses of baseball history.  It’s a 60,000 word memoir that details his life in baseball and his pursuit, afterward, of the ministry.

Children’s Books

Graphic Organizers in Science, Rosen Publishing

Learning About Plant Growth With Graphic OrganizersLearning About Plant Growth with Graphic Organizers (2007)
Colorful graphic organizers explain plants and their life cycles.  Diagrams present the parts of different types of plants, and other graphic organizers show the workings or processes like photosynthesis and pollination.

Learning About Energy with Graphic Organizers (2007)
What is energy, how is it measured, and how can we conserve it?  Explore different types — nuclear, electric, fossil fuel, hydropower, and solar, through graphic organizers.

Learning About Simple Machines with Graphic OrganizersLearning About Simple Machines with Graphic Organizers (2007)
Examine the seven basic simple machines: levers, wheels and axles, pulleys, gears wedges, screws, and inclined planes.  Graphic organizers demonstrate how they operate and how they are used to perform tasks.

Gross Bugs Series.  Rosen Publishing.  Power KiDS Press.

Boll WeevilsBoll Weevils (2006)
The boll weevil has plagued cotton crops in the United States for more than a century.  This insect, which has few natural enemies, costs farmers billions of dollars in damage.  This book examines this pesky bug, its life cycle and habitat, and the measures farmers take to protect their crop from the boll weevil.

Cockroaches (2006)
Truly an example of gross bugs, cockroaches are an insect survival story.  They live nearly everywhere in the world and cockroach infestations are extremely difficult to eradicate.  This book takes a look at the unique adaptations cockroaches have made to enable them to thrive in nearly any environment.  This book also explains to readers how they can fight these common household pests.

MosquitoesMosquitoes (2006)
The mosquito is one of the deadliest insects on Earth.  These blood-suckers carry diseases, which each year kill more than one million people in the world.  This book explores the mosquitoes swampy habitat and explains how and why mosquitoes feed on blood.  This book also provides readers with simple precautions they can take to reduce mosquito populations.

Stink Bugs (2006)
What is that smell?  It might be the stink bug, a “true bug” whose bad smell keeps predators at bay.  Some stink bug species may feed on the plants in your back yard.  This book looks at both the species that cause damage to crops and the beneficial species of stink bugs that prey on other insect pests.

Ticks (2006)
Ticks are not “bugs” or even insects, but are members of the arachnid family.  These pests spread illnesses in animals and people by their bite, most famously Lyme disease.  This book examines the different types of ticks and how ticks find their hosts.  There are also tips on precautions the reader can take to avoid ticks and how to safely remove ticks.

Locusts (2005)
Swarms of locusts have destroyed crops throughout recorded history.  This book addresses the questions of how and why locusts swarm, the scale of damage they can bring to farmer’s crops, and what effect the weather has on their behavior.  The book also examines the ingenious ways people have battled locusts.

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