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Chicago Review Press is a cutting-edge independent publisher that gives voice to new ideas that reach beyond the trends. We publish about 60 new titles yearly under four imprints: Chicago Review Press, Lawrence Hill Books, and Zephyr Press. Chicago Review Press publishes general nonfiction on a wide range of subjects including music, film, popular science, history, biography, and travel, as well as an award-winning line of children’s activity books.

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  • Oddball Colorado: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places by Jerome Pohlen (eBook) cover

    Oddball Colorado: A Guide to Some Really Strange ...

    Chicago Review Press
    256 Pages, Grades 6 - 12, Staff
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    Oddball Colorado: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places by Jerome Pohlen (eBook)

    A high-altitude alligator farm. A UFO watchtower. A monument to a headless chicken. While other travel guides tell you about tackling Pikes Peak, skiing the back bowls, or rafting down the Arkansas River, this quirky regional resource offers unusual travel destinations and little-known historical tidbits. Imagine regaling coworkers with unique Rocky Mountain adventures, like spending an evening at a drive-in movie - in a queen-sized bed, or visiting a vapor cave clad only in a towel. How about seeing a two-headed dragon made of car parts, or watching cliff divers while eating Mexican food?


     
  • Oddball Indiana: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places by Jerome Pohlen (eBook) cover

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    256 Pages, Grades 6 - 12, Staff
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    Oddball Indiana: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places by Jerome Pohlen (eBook)

    Square Donuts. The Worlds Largest Stump. Oscar the Monster Turtle. Johnny Appleseeds grave. The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. While other travel guides tell you about yet another cozy bed-and-breakfast and bike trails through Brown County, Oddball Indiana offers wacky travel destinations and little-known historical tidbits. Why is Nancy Barnetts grave in the middle of a country road? Where can you go to communicate with your dead Aunt Clara? Who invented Alka-Seltzer? How did David Letterman get fired from his first broadcasting gig? This is the guide to the real Indiana, birthplace of corn flakes, Dan Quayle, and Wonder Bread, for those who want to laugh, not lounge, on their vacation.


     
  • Oddball Minnesota: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places by Jerome Pohlen (eBook) cover

    Oddball Minnesota: A Guide to Some Really Strange ...

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    256 Pages, Grades 6 - 12, Staff
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    Oddball Minnesota: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places by Jerome Pohlen (eBook)

    Land of the worlds largest prairie chicken, birthplace of Spam, and home of the worlds oldest rock, this is Minnesota, where summers are short, winters are long, and back-road wonders abound. This entertaining guide wastes no time with descriptions of scenic lakes, pristine bike trails, or quaint cafes. Instead it directs travelers (and residents) to the spot where Tiny Tim strummed his last notes on the ukulele; to the Cold Spring chapel where two grasshoppers bow down to the Virgin Mary; and to the McLeod County Museum, where the mummy on display could be from Peru or outer space. While ordinary tourists are fighting off mosquitoes in the Boundary Waters, oddball travelers can size up the worlds largest ear of corn and admire the fourth Zamboni ever built. And one last thing: there arent 10,000 lakes in Minnesota; there are 14,215. For travelers who are in search of the unusual, there is no better reason to park the bike and hiking boots in the garage, fill up the gas tank, and hit the road to Minnesota, where weirdness awaits.


     
  • Show Time!: Music, Dance, and Drama Activities for Kids by Lisa Bany-Winters (eBook) cover

    Show Time!: Music, Dance, and Drama Activities for ...

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    208 Pages, Grades 1 - 6
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    Show Time!: Music, Dance, and Drama Activities for Kids by Lisa Bany-Winters (eBook)

    Gotta dance! Gotta sing! Gotta do most anything because its show time! In Show Time! kids will learn to become "triple threat" performers, developing their skills as singers, dancers, and actors through more than 80 activities that include imitating a musician or musical instrument, acting out a song, creating a mirror dance, making puppets and playbills, and more. Along the way, theyll learn about the history of musicals, discover musicals about history, and find out how to get it all together before the curtain goes up. Show Time! is perfect for teachers needing to prepare performers for a show; for parents looking for fun ways to fill spare minutes with their kids at home, in the car, or in a doctors waiting room; and for kids wanting ways to enjoy themselves on their own or in a small group. Several play scripts, a list of suggested musicals for kids, and a play glossary are included.


     
  • Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches, and Encounters by Jeff Burger (eBook) cover

    Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches, and Encounters by ...

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    432 Pages, Grades 6 - 12, Staff
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    Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches, and Encounters by Jeff Burger (eBook)

    Offering fansan extensive look at the artists own words throughout the past four decades, Springsteen on Springsteen brings together Q&Aformatted articles, speeches, and features that incorporate significant interview material. No one is better qualified to talk about Springsteen than the man himself, and hes often as articulate and provocative in interviews and speeches as he is emotive onstage and in recordings. While many rock artists seem to suffer through interviews, Springsteen has welcomed them as an opportunity to speak openly, thoughtfully, and in great detail about his music and life. This volume starts with his humble beginnings in 1973 as a struggling artist and follows him up to the present, as Springsteen has achieved almost unimaginable wealth and worldwide fame. Included are feature interviews with well-known media figures, including Charlie Rose, Ted Koppel, Brian Williams, Nick Hornby, and Ed Norton. Fans will also discover hidden gems from small and international outlets, in addition to radio and TV interviews that have not previously appeared in print. This collection is a must-have for any Springsteen fan.


     
  • Verdi for Kids: His Life and Music with 21 Activities by Deborah Voigt Helen Bauer (eBook) cover

    Verdi for Kids: His Life and Music with ...

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    144 Pages, Grades 3 - 8
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    Verdi for Kids: His Life and Music with 21 Activities by Deborah Voigt Helen Bauer (eBook)

    Giuseppe Verdi dominated Italian opera for 50 years, and his operas are performed throughout the world today. Verdi for Kids offers young readers an accessible, behind-the-scenes peek into the exciting world of opera and traces Verdis path to fame, delving into the great composers childhood, musical training, family tragedies, and professional setbacks and successes. Kids also learn about the Italians passion for opera and Italys tumultuous past, key political figures, and cultural pastimes. Aspiring sopranos, baritones, musicians, conductors, and stage directors will learn about opera jobs and production, what happens at rehearsal, and music terms and vocabulary, gaining an understanding of operas rich tradition. Offering a time line, glossary, and list of additional resources, Verdi for Kids is an engaging resource for students, parents, and teachers. Fun hands-on activities illuminate both the music concepts introduced and the times in which Verdi lived.


     
  • The Motorboat Book: Build and Launch 20 Jet Boats, Paddle-Wheelers, Electric Submarines and More by Ed Sobey (eBook) cover

    The Motorboat Book: Build and Launch 20 Jet ...

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    224 Pages, Grades 4 - 8
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    The Motorboat Book: Build and Launch 20 Jet Boats, Paddle-Wheelers, Electric Submarines and More by Ed Sobey (eBook)

    There's more than one way to power a toy boat. Electric motors, balloons, gears, water jets, belt drives, chemical reactions, steam, and even gravity can be used to propel a small ship across a pool. Also, the boats' propellers and paddles can be side-mounted or at the stern, or even sit above the waterline, like a fan-powered swamp boat. The Motorboat Book will show children how to build more than 20 different models through step-by-step instructions with clear photos. And if they'd rather travel under the water than over it, the book has 6 different submarine projects.In addition to the boatbuilding activities, author Ed Sobey includes instructions on how to build an "ocean" to test the boats, as well as accessories such as four different water pumps, waterproof battery and motor cases, and a working foghorn. Most of the boats are built from recycled and easy-to-find materials, but an appendix lists local and online sources for wire, plastic propellers, small motors, and more. Educators will appreciate the Meeting Science Standards summary at the end of the book.


     
  • Friends of the Earth: A History of American Environmentalism with 21 Activities by Pat McCarthy (eBook) cover

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    144 Pages, Grades 4 - 8
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    Friends of the Earth: A History of American Environmentalism with 21 Activities by Pat McCarthy (eBook)

    The history of American environmentalism is the history of men and women who dedicated their lives to protecting the nation's natural heritage. Almost singlehandedly, John James Audubon introduced the study of birds in North America. John Muir pushed a president and a nation into setting aside vast preserves, including Yosemite, Sequoia, Mt. Rainier, and the Grand Canyon. Marjory Stoneman Douglas did the same for the Florida Everglades, as did Mardy Murie with the Grand Tetons and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Cordelia Stanwood, and later Roger Peterson, revolutionized and popularized bird watching. Rachel Carson opened the world's eyes to the dangers of pesticides, and Julia "Butterfly" Hill saved a 1,000-year-old redwood while bringing to light the devastation of our old growth forests. Together, these environmentalists' inspiring life stories tell the story of American environmentalism, from its inception to the present day.In Friends of Our Earth readers will also learn how to put their concerns into action. Author Pat McCarthy gives step-by-step instructions on how to build a birdfeeder, conduct a water quality survey, start a compost pile, study the Greenhouse Effect, make plaster casts of animals tracks, create their own recycled paper, test for acid rain, and more. It includes a time line of historic milestones, popular outdoor parks and sites to visit or explore online, and Web resources for further study.


     
  • The Wind at Work: An Activity Guide to Windmills by Gretchen Woelfle (eBook) cover

    The Wind at Work: An Activity Guide to ...

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    160 Pages, Grades 4 - 8
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    The Wind at Work: An Activity Guide to Windmills by Gretchen Woelfle (eBook)

    Explaining how the wind works, what windmills have contributed to the past, and why they offer environmental promise today as a source of clean, renewable energy, this revised and updated edition offers a glimpse into all the current and historical uses for wind power. Featuring new information on wind energy technology and wind farms, new photographs, and 24 wind-related activities - from keeping track of household energy use and conducting science experiments to cooking traditional meals and creating arts and crafts - this handy resource offers kids interested in the science of energy and green technologies an engaging, interactive, and contemporary overview of wind power.


     
  • Do I Look Like an ATM?: A Parent's Guide to Raising Financially Responsible African American Children by Sabrina Lamb (eBook) cover

    Do I Look Like an ATM?: A Parent's ...

    Chicago Review Press
    224 Pages, Grade Staff
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    Do I Look Like an ATM?: A Parent's Guide to Raising Financially Responsible African American Children by Sabrina Lamb (eBook)

    Youth financial education is an urgent issue, and author Sabrina Lamb believes that African American parents first must reeducate themselves about finances to make sure the next generation does not fall into the spending trap that can be a family legacy. The lack of a healthy financial education has generational impact, causing families to be financially vulnerable, squander financial resources, and fail at wealth accumulation.With step-by-step advice and exercises for parents and young people, Do I Look Like an ATM? sets out to establish new financial behavior so children will avoid the personal economic problems that have plagued the culture. The book guides parents through self-examination of their financial habits. By performing the exercises in this book and having candid discussions, parents can, together with their children, become engaged citizens in the world of money. With new financial traditions and a better understanding money and its meaning, the next generation will realize the true power of wealth and use their money wisely.


     
  • Thurgood Marshall by  Mark V. Tushnet (eBook) cover

    Thurgood Marshall by Mark V. Tushnet (eBook)

    Chicago Review Press
    552 Pages, Grades 8 - 12, Staff
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    Thurgood Marshall by Mark V. Tushnet (eBook)

    Much has been written about Thurgood Marshall, but this is the first book to collect his own words. Here are briefs he filed as a lawyer, oral arguments for the landmark school desegregation cases, investigative reports on race riots and racism in the Army, speeches and articles outlining the history of civil rights and criticizing the actions of more conservative jurists, Supreme Court opinions now widely cited in Constitutional law, a long and complete oral autobiography, and much more. Marshall's impact on American race relations was greater than that of anyone else this century, for it was he who ended legal segregation in the United States. His victories as a lawyer for the NAACP broke the color line in housing, transportation, voting, and schools by overturning the long-established "separate-but-equal" doctrine. But Marshall was attentive to all social inequalities: no Supreme Court justice has ever been more consistent in support of freedom of expression, affirmative action, women's rights, abortion rights, and the right to consensual sex among adults; no justice has ever fought so hard against economic inequality, police brutality, and capital punishment.


     
  • Pun and Games by Richard Lederer (eBook) cover

    Pun and Games by Richard Lederer (eBook)

    Chicago Review Press
    112 Pages, Grades 8 - 12, Staff
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    Pun and Games by Richard Lederer (eBook)

    Introduces the wacky world of wordplay with puns, spoonerisms, games of word substitution, and more.


     
  • Yesterday Once More: The Carpenters Reader by Randy L. Schmidt (eBook) cover

    Yesterday Once More: The Carpenters Reader by Randy ...

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    384 Pages, Grades 8 - 12, Staff
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    Yesterday Once More: The Carpenters Reader by Randy L. Schmidt (eBook)

    With a string of number-one hits showcasing Karen Carpenter's warm and distinctive vocals and Richard Carpenter's sophisticated compositions and arrangements, the Carpenters were responsible for some of the most popular music of the 1970s, and this compendium collects more than 50 articles, interviews, essays, reviews, and reassessments that chronicle the lives and career of this brother-sister musical team. Writings from pop journalists and historians such as Daniel J. Levitin, John Tobler, Digby Diehl, Ray Coleman, Robert Hilburn, and Lester Bangs provide insight into the music and personalities of the duo who produced such timeless pop music. From serious musical analyses of the Carpenters' arrangements to lighter pieces in which Karen and Richard discuss dating, cars, and high school, this new edition has been revised and expanded to include nearly a dozen additional pieces, some of which have never been published.


     
  • Hendrix on Hendrix: Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix by Steven Roby (eBook) cover

    Hendrix on Hendrix: Interviews and Encounters with Jimi ...

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    384 Pages, Grades 8 - 12, Staff
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    Hendrix on Hendrix: Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix by Steven Roby (eBook)

    Though many books have chronicled Jimi Hendrix's brilliant but tragically brief musical career, this is the first to use his own words to paint a detailed portrait of the man behind the guitar. With selections carefully chosen by one of the world's leading Jimi Hendrix historians, this work includes the most important interviews from the peak of his career, 1966 to 1970. In this authoritative volume, Hendrix recalls for reporters his heartbreaking childhood, his concept of Electric Church Music (intended to wash people's souls and give them a new direction), and his wish to be remembered as not just another guitar player. While Hendrix never wrote a memoir, with new transcriptions from European papers, the African American press, counterculture newspapers, radio and TV interviews, and previously unpublished court transcripts, this book gives music fans the next best thing to a Hendrix autobiography.


     
  • Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids by Jerome Pohlen (eBook) cover

    Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids by Jerome ...

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    144 Pages, Grades 4 - 8
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    Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids by Jerome Pohlen (eBook)

    Best known for his general theory of relativity and the famous equation linking mass and energy, E = mc_, Albert Einstein had a lasting impact on the world of science, the extent of which is illuminated - along with hisfascinating life and unique personality - in this lively history. In addition to learning all about Einstein's important contributions to science, from proving the existence and size of atoms and launching the field of quantum mechanics to creating models of the universe that led to the discovery of black holes and the big bang theory, young physicists will participate in activities and thought experiments to bring his theories and ideas to life. Such activities include using dominoes to model a nuclear chain reaction, replicating the expanding universe in a microwave oven, creating blue skies and red sunsets in a soda bottle, and calculating the speed of light using a melted chocolate bar. Suggestions for further study, a time line, and sidebars on the work of other physicists of the day make this an incredibly accessible resource for inquisitive children.


     
  • On Stage: Theater Games and Activities for Kids (Second Edition) by Lisa Bany-Winters (eBook) cover

    On Stage: Theater Games and Activities for Kids ...

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    240 Pages, Grades K - 6
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    On Stage: Theater Games and Activities for Kids (Second Edition) by Lisa Bany-Winters (eBook)

    Lights, camera, play! With this second edition of On Stage: Theater Games and Activities for Kids, budding thespians will have fun under the footlights as they choose from more than 125 theater games that spark creativity, boost confidence, and encourage collaboration. They'll learn all about how to make a stage performance great with improvisational games such as Freeze, Party Quirks,the Yes Game, and Gibberish; they'll make puppets, discover makeup secrets, and design and build a set. This revised and expanded editionfeatures 35 new improvisational games and ready-to-use monologues, scenes, and short plays. Whether playing alone or in a group, everyone can have theater fun with On Stage!