Fascinating Science Series for Middle School Boys

In an article entitled The Gross and the Gory: Making a Reading Connection with Boys, it says: “Boys are looking to be engaged in reading. They want to read fun books that they can talk about and share. Secondly, boys see books as a way to find their identity. Reading gross and gory books tends to make boys see themselves as edgy—someone who pushes the boundaries—or, in the case of toilet humor, funny.” With this statement in mind, I decided to go on a search for high-interest science books for boys. Each series listed does an amazing job of captivating the reader with full-color photographs and appealing text. Reluctant readers are the main audience for these titles, but I think that anyone can enjoy books about shattered bones and doomsday rocks! I am confident that boys will be excited about these yucky series and will be pleading for more!

Powerful Medicine Series

This series analyzes the function of medicine and highlights real people who have conquered medical issues. Eye-catching, full-color photographs (not for the faint of heart) will fascinate students who are studying the human body or interested in working in the medical field. This high-interest science series is a wonderful edition to any medical collection, not only for the content but the additional resources listed.

Incredibly Disgusting Food Series

A fun and revealing series, Incredibly Disgusting Food will have you thinking twice about what you eat or drink. Uncensored medical photographs are included in order to give you a scared-straight approach, that will have students wanting to learn more! Think about it..do you really want to know what the mystery meat is inside hot dogs, lunch meat and sausage? (I know I don’t!) This series will not disappoint!

Bizarre Science Series 

This five book series will  entertain reluctant readers on bizarre science topics with fun and shocking facts (depending on the topic). Magnified full-color photographs and energetic text are sure to disgust and delight students. Be prepared to hold your stomach, especially when you meet the potato termite queen!

Yucky Science Series

Laughter and giggles will  ensue when reading about various topics, such as Snot, Poop, Vomit and More! Yucky Science is a fantastic series that will help students learn about life and earth science with a gross twist. Also check out this series for a very helpful question and answer format, that will engage readers and have them asking questions such as: Why do you feel like you want to throw-up after riding a roller-coaster?


Bibliography:

Bad Burns: True Survival Stories (Powerful Medicine) by Sandra Markle. 2011.

Faulty Hearts: True Survival Stories (Powerful Medicine) by Sandra Markle. 2011.

Leukemia: True Survival Stories (Powerful Medicine) by Sandra Markle. 2011.

Lost Sight: True Survival Stories (Powerful Medicine) by Sandra Markle. 2011.

Shattered Bones: True Survival Stories (Powerful Medicine) by Sandra Markle. 2011.

Wounded Brains: True Survival Stories (Powerful Medicine) by Sandra Markle. 2011.

Carbonated Beverages: The Incredibly Disgusting Story (Incredibly Disgusting Food) by Adam Furgang. 2011.

Fake Foods: The Incredibly Disgusting Story (Incredibly Disgusting Food) by Paula Johanson. 2011.

Mystery Meat: Hot Dogs, Sausages, and Lunch Meats: The Incredibly Disgusting Story (Incredibly Disgusting Food) by Stephanie Watson. 2011.

Salty and Sugary Snacks: The Incredibly Disgusting Story (Incredibly Disgusting Food) by Adam Furgang. 2011.

Bloodsucking Creatures (Bizarre Science) by Ron Knapp. 2011.

Bugged-Out Insects (Bizarre Science) by Margaret Anderson. 2011.

Doomsday Rocks from Space (Bizarre Science) by Margaret Poynter. 2011.

Mummy Secrets Uncovered (Bizarre Science) by Ron Knapp. 2011.

Weird Meat-Eating Plants (Bizarre Science) by Nathan Aaseng. 2011.

Chocolate Ants, Maggot Cheese, and More: The Yucky Food Book (Yucky Science) by Alvin Silverstein. 2011.

Dung Beetles, Slugs, Leeches, and More: The Yucky Animal Book (Yucky Science) by Alvin Silverstein. 2011.

Poop Collectors, Armpit Sniffers, and More: The Yucky Jobs (Yucky Science) by Alvin Silverstein. 2011.

Smog, Oil Spills, Sewage, and More: The Yucky Pollution Book (Yucky Science) by Alvin Silverstein. 2011.

Snot, Poop, Vomit, and More: The Yucky Body Book (Yucky Science) by Alvin Silverstein. 2011.

Tapeworms, Foot Fungus, Lice, and More: The Yucky Disease Book (Yucky Science) by Alvin Silverstein. 2011.

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