Terrific Trios with The Summer Camp Science Mystery Series, Non-Fiction titles and Brain Pop!

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“Camp Dakota sure is full of mysteries. A group of friends at summer camp use science concepts to solve a mystery in each of these full-color graphic novels. The stories illustrate problem-solving thought processes and integrate third- through fifth-grade science concepts, while sidebar panels supplement dialogue with additional science information.  Written by a science educator and illustrated by animators and graphic artists, these engaging mysteries will help readers to recognize how science can be applied in real-world situations.”

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The Nighttime Cabin Thief: A Mystery about Light:

A thief is on the prowl at Camp Dakota! The campers can’t find their favorite things—and they’re starting to accuse each other of stealing. The kids set out to find the culprit—but the truth behind the missing stuff may be stranger than anyone expected. Can the campers track down the Cabin Thief? Or will they turn on each other first?

Look in the back of the book for experiments and more to help you become a science detective too!

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with Secrets of Light:

In Secrets of Light, you will find out where light comes from, why rainbows occur, and how cameras work.

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and Brain Pop: Light:

Wanna know about light? You’ve come to the right place! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby will teach you all about artificial light sources and visible light. You’ll learn about the two ways in which artificial light can be created, and how fast light can go. Whether you prefer to light your surroundings with a light bulb or a candle, you’ll discover enough about each light source to understand how they work! You’ll also gather info on natural sources of light — like from the sun and even some animals! Plus, Tim and Moby explain how the electromagnetic spectrum and reflected light help your eyes to see. How enlightening!

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The Whispering Lake Ghosts: A Mystery about Sound:

It’s a dark and stormy morning at Camp Dakota, but that won’t keep Braelin from investigating the whispers coming from the lake. What else could it be, but ghosts? The campers try to record and amplify the sounds, but suddenly the eerie voices go mute. Braelin and Megan won’t give up, even when their ghost hunt leads them deep into the woods. Can they use their sound smarts to get back safe?

Look in the back of the book for experiments and more to help you become a science detective too!

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with Ear Splitting Sounds and Other Vile Noises:

They say that in space no one can hear you scream…and it’s true! In the emptiness of space, nothing makes a noise. But on Earth…our ears are constantly pounded by sounds. Learn all about the most disgusting and dreadful aspects of sound. From flatulent whoopee cushions to glass-smashing opera singers and music-loving pigs, this book is full of yucky, painful and fascinating facts. You can get your ears tuned into some easy (and painless!) experiments, too.

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and Brain Pop: Sound:

Did you hear that? In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby introduce you to the world of sound! In the movie, you’ll find out how sound and ocean waves are similar, yet different, as you learn about different kinds of waves. See how air molecules, air pressure, pitch, and vibration all play a part in everything you hear. Plus, you’ll be introduced to a cool mechanism designed to measure sound waves! Discover how fast sound can travel through mediums like air, water, and steel. And see how aquatic animals like whales use sound to communicate underwater! Hey, this sound movie sounds pretty cool, right?!

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The Hunt for Hidden Treasure: A Mystery about Rocks

When Jordan finds a treasure map at Camp Dakota, the hunt for hidden treasure is on! As the campers follow the map, they discover that time has changed some of the landmarks. They’ll need to rely on what they know about rocks and changes to Earth’s surface to have any chance of success. Will the old drawing still lead them to the treasure? And why is Jordan acting so weird?

Look in the back of the book for experiments and more to help you become a science detective too!

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with Explore Rocks and Minerals with 25 Great Projects:

Explore Rocks and Minerals! offers kids ages 6–9 a fascinating introduction to geology. It investigates the geological forces that create and transform rocks, outlining the life cycle of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, and what they can tell us about the earth. It also explores fossils, and how they come to exist and are discovered.
Explore Rocks and Minerals! includes 20 hands-on activities to bring learning to life. Kids create their own crystals, sculpt edible models of the planet, and bake volcanic meringue cookies. These easy-to- follow activities require minimal adult supervision and use common household products. By combining an interactive component with jokes, fun facts, and cartoons, Explore Rocks and Minerals! provides a fun, accessible introduction to geology.

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and Brain Pop: Types of Rocks:

Do rocks rock your world? Then you’ll love following Tim and Moby as they take you on a tour of the types of rocks that can be found on and inside Earth. In this BrainPOP movie, you’ll learn about the three main types of rocks — igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary. You can also discover the difference between lava and magma and find out what types of rocks these two semi-liquids form. Finally, you’ll see how pressure and heat can change the shape of mineral grains, changing one type of rock into another entirely. If rocks didn’t rock your world before, they will now!

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The Missing Cuckoo Clock: A Mystery about Gravity:

There’s a new kid at Camp Dakota! It’s Megan’s first year, and all she can think about is riding horses. But gravity seems to be getting in the way of all the campers’ fun, from the stables to the beach. Then the big cuckoo clock in the main cabin goes missing. Who would take a cuckoo clock? Can the campers use the weighty facts they’ve learned to solve the mystery of where it went—and why?

Look in the back of the book for experiments and more to help you become a science detective too!

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with Cool Gravity Activities:

Introduces young readers to kid-tested cool science projects using balance.

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and Brain Pop: Gravity:

Earth got you down? Don’t worry, it’s got us all down — thanks to gravity! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby teach you all about the ins and outs of gravity. You’ll learn everything from Sir Isaac Newton’s famous apple to Albert Einstein’s theory that massive objects use gravity to “bend” space and time. You’ll also find out about gravity’s effect on tides, humans, and even the earth’s rotation. In addition, Tim and Moby explain the difference between mass and weight, and how the moon’s gravity enables us humans to weigh less on the Moon than they do here on Earth!

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The Yucky Duck Rescue: A Mystery about Pollution:

There’s something fishy going on in the lake at Camp Dakota . . . and it sure isn’t the fish! The campers have discovered some smelly, green gunk in the water. Yuck! The creek seems to be source of the pollution, but how can they stop it? And why is a trash-covered duck leading them on a wild goose chase?

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with Secrets of Pollution and Conservation:

In Secrets of Pollution and Conservation, you will find out how human activity has polluted the air, land, and sea and what steps people are taking to clean up the planet.

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and Brain Pop: Water Pollution:

Is that water safe to drink? In this BrainPOP movie Tim and Moby will tell you all about water pollution! Discover what water pollution even means as well as how water becomes polluted and where the pollution can come from. You’ll also find out why it’s not just bad chemicals that can be pollutants – as well as what happens, exactly, when a body of water gets polluted. Plus, find out why we’re to blame for a good deal of water pollution and what’s being done to help the problem. Go ahead, the water’s fine!

Reviews by Overdrive and Brain Pop


  1. Karen Pearson says:

    Hi Natalie,

    I am unable to open “Ear-Splitting Sounds” on my Mac. Do you know what I might be doing wrong?

    Thanks, Karen

    Pearson’s Pork and Poultry Free Range, Non-GMO Eggs Pork by the side Pasture Raised, Non-GMO Chickens



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