1) Balliett, Blue.The Danger Box. 2010. Scholastic Press. Hardbound: 306 pages. Price: $16.99 U.S.
SUMMARY: A sight-impaired boy in a small town. A mischievous girl who won't stay in one place. A mysterious lost notebook possibly belonging to Charles Darwin. A fire. A stranger. A death. These are the contents of The Danger Box, Blue Balliett's brand new novel where history, mystery, and science all collide.
RECOMMENDATION: For ages 9-12. The Darwin-related plot is interesting and something you don't see in many children's books!
2) Abbott, R. Tucker and Percy A. Morris. A Field Guide to Shells: Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and the West Indies. 1995. Houghton Mifflin. Paperback: 350 pages. Price: $19.00 U.S.
SUMMARY: All the information needed to collect and study shells is included in this comprehensive book, which provides the geographical range and habitat for and a detailed description of each of 800 species. Color plates show 780 species, including live animals, and 115 drawings show both animals and their shells.
RECOMMENDATION: For anyone with an interest in the seashells of eastern North America.