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Save the Crash test Dummies
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Save the Crash-test Dummies

by Jennifer Swanson
illustrated by TeMika Grooms

This entertaining book navigates readers through the history of car production and offers a front‐seat view of the science and engineering that makes the world’s most important vehicle safe for us to drive.

Cars take us to work. To school. To soccer practice. To the grocery store and home again. Can you imagine a world without them? It’s not easy! One of the reasons we can use cars so much in our everyday lives is because they are safe to drive. But that hasn’t always been the case. If it weren’t for the experiments conducted over decades that involved all kinds of crash test volunteers—dead, alive, animal, or automated—cars as we know them might not be around. And then how would you get to school?

Filled with fun four‐wheeled nuggets of history and explanations of how cars actually work, this nonfiction book from former science educator and award-winning author Jennifer Swanson will appeal to lovers of all things that go and readers who are interested in getting in under the hood and seeing how things work.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-68263-022-8
Publication Date: 10/1/2019
Page Count: 104
Size: 8″ x 10″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-68263-180-5
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 6.4
F&P: Y, Gr 6, Genre I
Lexile: 920L
Themes: Automobiles, Invention, Safety, Scientific Advancement, Technology
BISAC 1: JNF057030 JUVENILE NONFICTION/Transportation/Cars & Trucks
BISAC 2: JNF051120 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Technology / How Things Work-Are Made
BISAC 3: JNF061010 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Technology / Inventions

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“[An] innovative blend of history, technology, and engineering…insightful fun. STEM at its best.”—Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

“Attractively designed and engagingly written—sure to appeal to readers with a taste for the scientific and technical.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The information presented here is interesting, and most readers will find it fascinating to learn how car safety has changed over time.” —School Library Connection


Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Award Silver Honor ―California Reading Association, 2019

AAAS/Subaru  SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books (Middle Grades Longlist)―American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2021

Best STEM Books ―ASEE / ITEEA / NSTA / SEPA / CBC, 2020

Parents’ Choice Gold Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2020

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Meet the Author

Jennifer Swanson

The author of more than thrity-five nonfiction books for young readers, Jennifer Swanson holds a BS in chemistry from the U.S Naval Academy and an MS Ed in K-8 science from Walden University. In addition to being an award-winning author, she is also a middle school science instructor for John Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

TeMika Grooms

TeMika Grooms is an illustrator and arts advocate inspired by great stories and the characters that live them.  She is intrigued by sequential art, specifically in the form of Children’s Literature and Graphic Novels, and the power they hold to influence change in society. You can visit her website here.