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New Series from The Oliver Press

Examining Disasters

Karate Made Simple

Examining Energy


Bad things happen to people. Often very bad things. Some happen through the workings of nature; others happen because of human error. Whether natural or manmade, disasters have long enthralled young readers. Examining Disasters, a new series of eight books from Clara House Books, an imprint of The Oliver Press, explores the science behind disasters. What, for example, causes airplanes to fall from the sky, or bridges to collapse, or ships to sink? For explanations, we must look to physics. It is through the study of geology that we learn how earthquakes occur. Pandemics, such as SARS or the outbreak of Ebola, affect the lives of millions. Biology, and microbiology in particular, holds the answers to how diseases are spread and how they may be prevented. Colorfully illustrated and attractively designed, Examining Disasters will grab the attention of young readers while providing the basis of scientific inquiry that the core curriculum demands.

All eight Examining Disasters titles:

  • 48 pages
  • full-color photos, graphs, diagrams and charts
  • 8 x 10
  • grades 4-8
  • glossary
  • index
  • bibliography
  • websites
  • $24.95 each

Examining Airplane Crashes
ISBN: 978-1-934545-614
eBook ISBN: 978-1-934545-77-5
Andrew Hatch


Did you know that passenger airline crashes are rare? There are many different forces that can factor into airplane crashes, including design, weather, and pilot error. American Airlines Flight 191 crashed just minutes after takeoff in 1979. It was later determined that improper maintenance was to blame for the crash, which killed 271 people. In this book, you'll examine airplane crashes and explore what they are, how they happen, and what is being done to prevent them in the future.

Examining Bridge Collapses
ISBN: 978-1-934545-621
eBook ISBN: 978-1-934545-78-2
Myles Barry


Did you know there are more than 600,000 bridges in the United States? If not properly taken care of, these structures can collapse from too much pressure or from a natural disaster. Thirteen people died and more than 100 people were injured after the I-35W Bridge in Minnesota collapsed in 2007. In this book, you'll examine bridge collapses and explore what they are, how they happen, and how to prevent them from happening in the future.

Examining Earthquakes
ISBN: 978-1-934545-638
eBook ISBN: 978-1-934545-79-9
Jacob Yang


Did you know that earthquakes are made up of many smaller quakes? The violent movements of Earth's crust can damage and destroy whole cities. The 2011 Tohoku earthquake in Japan left more than 19,000 people dead. Millions more Japanese were injured or were without water, electricity, and food. In this book, you'll examine earthquakes and explore what they are, how they happen, and how to prepare for those in the future.

Examining Hurricanes
ISBN: 978-1-934545-645
eBook ISBN: 978-1-934545-80-5
Sabrina Kidd


Did you know that the average hurricane is 300 miles (480 km) across? These storm systems can rip through cities and leave nothing in their paths but debris. Superstorm Sandy in 2012 caused approximately $65 billion in damages. Millions of people on the East Coast of the United States were left without power for days following the disaster. In this book, you'll examine hurricanes and explore what they are, how they happen, and what you can do to prepare for these massive storms.

Examining Oil Spills
ISBN: 978-1-934545-652
eBook ISBN: 978-1-934545-81-2
Anna Dalton


Did you know that more than 100 countries produce crude oil? If workers are not careful, transporting this oil can cause spills. Oil spills can have long-lasting effects, such as the 2013 Lac-Mégantic derailment in Quebec. More than 1.6 million gallons (6 million L) of crude oil spilled into the land and water there, where it will remain for years. In this book, you'll examine oil spills and explore what they are, how they happen, and how to prevent them in the future.

Examining Pandemics
ISBN: 978-1-934545-669
eBook ISBN: 978-1-934545-82-9
Nina Rolfes


Did you know diseases are passed to humans many different ways? If proper care isn't followed or maintained, diseases can quickly spread, creating pandemics that affect thousands of people across the globe. The Ebola outbreak of 2014, which started in West Africa, spread rapidly to tens of thousands of people. Without proper care, thousands of infected people died. In this book, you'll examine pandemics and explore what they are, how they happen, and how to prevent them in the future.

Examining Shipwrecks*
ISBN: 978-1-934545-676
eBook ISBN: 978-1-934545-83-6
Hayden Wedge


Did you know that ships have been around for more than 4,000 years? Over time, technology has improved significantly, causing the number of shipwrecks to decline. More than a century after the Titanic went down, the South Korean ferry Sewol sank in April 2014, claiming 304 lives. This disaster could have been prevented if the ship had not hit something underwater, as the Titanic had. In this book, you'll examine why ships sink and what experts are doing to prevent future shipwrecks.

*Starred Review in Booklist

Examining Volcanic Eruptions
ISBN: 978-1-934545-683
eBook ISBN: 978-1-934545-84-3
Jen Melin


Did you know that roughly 1500 volcanoes around the world are still active? When they erupt, they can cause problems for people and cities nearby. Mount Saint Helens in Washington erupted in 1980, spewing a cloud of stone 17 miles (27 km) into the air. The eruption killed more than 50 people and changed the shape of the mountain. In this book, you'll examine volcanic eruptions and explore what they are, how they happen, and how to prepare for future eruptions that may occur.


The new Karate Made Simple series from The Oliver Press introduces youngsters to the basics of karate, the most popular of all the Asian martial arts. Published with the prestigious Japan Karate Federation, the four volumes are packed with colorful photos, easy-to-follow diagrams, and clear texts, making them ideal for the budding martial artist.

Karate Made Simple 1
Etiquette, Equipment, and the Dojo
ISBN: 978-1-934545-171 Maiko Nakashima

Karate 1

When you step into a karate studio, or dojo, it might seem a little like you’ve stepped into a foreign world. You may see people bowing to each other, wearing special clothing, and kneeling on the ground. This book will help you to learn the culture of the dojo by explaining:

  • Where did karate first come from?
  • Why is the formal bow, or rei, so important?
  • How do you wear a karate uniform, or gi?
  • What do the different colors of belts mean?

Karate Made Simple 2
Punching, Kicking, and Blocking
ISBN: 978-1-934545-188 Maiko Nakashima

Karate 1

Everyone knows what a “karate chop” is, but did you know that there are over twenty different ways to use the hand as a weapon? In this book, you will learn how to use your hands and feet as weapons, how to block an attack, and how to practice with a partner to develop speed and timing. This book will help you to learn basic fighting techniques by explaining:

  • What is the correct way to form a fist?
  • How do you defend against a punch?
  • What are kata, and how do they help you practice?
  • How do you generate power in a strike?

Karate Made Simple 3
Practice, Sparring, and Competition
ISBN: 978-1-934545-195 Maiko Nakashima

Karate 1

To be a skilled martial artist, it isn’t enough to know how to punch and kick. You have to be able to combine a rapid sequence of attacks with footwork and timing. This book will teach you some simple drills to help develop your sparring abilities, and explain:

  • Why are warm-ups necessary?
  • What is the difference between a pre-emptive strike and a counterattack?
  • Why is zanshin so important?
  • How are karate competitions judged?

Karate Made Simple 4
Karate Origins and Expansion
ISBN: 978-1-934545-164 Maiko Nakashima

Karate 1

Karate began on a small island near Japan as a way for unarmed peasants to defend themselves. From that humble beginning, it has become a popular sport throughout the world. This book will help you understand the amazing growth of karate by explaining:

  • How did China influence the development of karate?
  • How did World War II affect the spread of karate?
  • Where do the world’s best karate practitioners compete?
  • Who are some of the world’s karate champions?
  • Which countries are the strongest in karate??

Richly illustrated with step-by-step instructions

Lay-flat binding for ease of use

Outlines historical context on this centuries-old artform

All four Karate Made Simple titles:

  • 32 pages
  • full-color photos
  • detailed diagrams
  • 8.25 x 11
  • grades 5-9
  • glossaries
  • indexes
  • lay-flat bindings
  • $24.95 each


Another new series from
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This new series takes young readers through the exciting and often controversial world of energy. Covering different sources of energy, the eight volumes feature fictional student narrators interviewing experts who discuss the pros and cons of each and the science behind them. Combining facts and balance, Examining Energy provides students with a clear picture of a topic on which the daily headlines and news stories too often flash more heat than light.

  • 8 Volumes
  • 48 pages
  • full-color photos, graphs, and charts
  • 8.5 x 11
  • grades 6-9
  • glossaries
  • indexes
  • library bindings
  • $24.95 each

Examining Biofuels
Chase Robertson
ISBN: 978-1-934545-409
eBook ISBN: 978-1-934545-485

Examining Geothermal Energy
Jordan Boyle
ISBN: 978-1-934545-416
eBook ISBN: 978-1-934545-492

Examining Natural Gas
Sandra Bright
ISBN: 978-1-934545-423
eBook ISBN: 978-1-934545-508

Examining Nuclear Energy
Rebecca Cooke
ISBN: 978-1-934545-430
eBook ISBN: 978-1-934545-515

Examining Oil and Coal
Chase Robertson
ISBN: 978-1-934545-447
eBook ISBN: 978-1-934545-522

Examining Solar Energy
Sandra Bright
ISBN: 978-1-934545-454
eBook ISBN: 978-1-934545-539

Examining Water Power
Rebecca Cooke
ISBN: 978-1-934545-461
eBook ISBN: 978-1-934545-546

Examining Wind Energy
Jordan Boyle
ISBN: 978-1-934545-478
eBook ISBN: 978-1-934545-553