Editorial Review

Booklist (Erin Anderson)

The Amazing Structures series is a quality primer on the basics of reading nonfiction texts, with big, bold headings and labels, captioned maps and diagrams, a glossary of unfamiliar terms, and sidebars filled with added facts. This edition deals with the basic physics that power the world’s tallest, fastest, and most fun amusement park rides. Topics such as potential and kinetic energy and gravity are explained in simple terms. Questions at the start of each chapter engage readers’ prior knowledge and experiences, while colorful photographs of kids around the world enjoying coasters provide context clues. Instructions for building a model coaster are included in the end matter. This title not only covers foundational science concepts but also offers practice with the timely and vital skill of reading nonfiction.

—Erin Anderson

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