Raintree’s Sci-Hi series is an excellent KS3/middle school resource. It tackles cutting-edge science using simple language, without shying away from challenging concepts such as ethics.
It was great to delve into topics last studied during my degree, for my titles on cloning and stem cell research.
Favourite fact: Antithrombin is a protein needed by patients with a rare but deadly blood condition. Antithrombin extracted from the milk of GM goats was approved in 2006 in the EU. Just one goat produces as much antithrombin as 90,000 blood donations!
The moment I saw this Post-it Quote on my son’s nursery wall was the moment I realized he has no idea I work from home while he’s at nursery. Cue an explanation that I write books for children to read, and plenty of references to Mummy working on the computer.
A few months on, I’m not sure if we’ve made any progress. Though he does now refuse to turn the computer off when asked, saying he “has important work to do”.
Get on with it Harry; I’ve got a dress to order…
My first book for Pearson Bug Club: When Will the Sun Go Out? and other strange solar system science (Pearson, 2012).
Great fun to write (the remit: ‘be as funny as possible’) and the insides look gorgeous.
Favourite fact from the book: Anyone who spots a new asteroid is allowed to name it! First you have to make sure that it’s not one of the 200,000 that have already been discovered.
I‘ll begin at the beginning, with my first 2012 title, A Time Traveller’s Guide to the Future (Collins).
Publisher’s blurb: Take a closer look at the amazing changes the future may hold, including robopets, space tourism and locust burgers, as well as the wider impact of our future life on the climate and extinction of animals. Using the most recent research and predictions, this photographic non-fiction book by Isabel Thomas expertly guides us through life in 2050.
aka: the rough guide to life when I’m 70!
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