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It’s a new chapter book, ART SMART SCIENCE DETECTIVE: THE CASE OF THE SLIDING SPACESHIP.  Art will be available in December of 2018.  I’m very excited about this one because it is my first chapter book and it works well with STEM/STEAM classrooms in 1st-5th grade. 

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Art Smart, Science Detective

The Case of the Sliding Spaceship

Melinda Long

Illustrated by Monica Wyrick


When Art and his friends—Robbie, Jason, and Amy—are having a sleepover, they decide to use Art’s telescope for some stargazing. They are shocked to see a purple spaceship hurtling toward Earth. While his parents think his imagination is getting the best of him, Art thinks Earth is at risk of an alien invasion. What should he do? Should Art and his fellow science detectives alert the authorities, or should they take matters into their own hands?

When the local police don’t seem concerned about Art’s report, the group decides to apply their knowledge of science and critical thinking skills to prepare for the impending attack. They need a plan—and fast!

What transpires as they gear up for the spaceship’s arrival will amuse and educate. Art Smart, Science Detective will appeal to budding scientists and even reluctant young readers as it answers burning questions such as “How close is science fiction to real life?” and “Can peanut butter really keep your brain safe from an alien assault?” This entertaining journey through the science of the sky is easily incorporated into middle-grade science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics courses.

Coming soon to a school or book event!
January 31, Monarch Elem. Union, SC
Februarys 3, Roebuck Elem, Spartanburg SC LIteracy night
February 7, Riverbank Elem. West Columbia, SC
February 14, Fork Shoals Elem. Pelzer, SC
February 15 The Story Shop, Monroe, GA, 1-2:30
March 3, India Hook Elem., Rock Hill, SC
March 5-7 SCASL, Columbia, SC
March 27, Tega Cay Elem. Fort Mill, SC
April 10, Spartanburg Youth Theatre, 5:30.
May 29, Sara Collins Elem. Greenville, SC
June 30, Charleston Public Library, North Charleston. 10:15 AM