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Meltdown!
The Nuclear Disaster in Japan and Our Energy Future
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By Fred Bortz
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©2012
Twenty-First Century Books

ISBN-10: 0-7613-8660-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-7613-8660-5

Pages: 64
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Dewey: 363.17'990952117
Reading Level: 6

Interest Level: 6-12
Ages: 11-18

ATOS Quiz #: 149337
ATOS AR Points: 2.00
ATOS: 7.40

Lexile Level: 1000
3 Award(s)
6 Review(s)
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by Fred Bortz

Japan. March 11, 2011. 2:46 P.M. The biggest earthquake in Japan's history—and one of the world's five most powerful since 1900—devastated the Tohoku region, 320 kilometers (200 miles) nor...
Bibliography, Full-Color Photographs, Further Reading, Glossary, Index, Sidebars, Source Notes, Table of Contents, Websites
About the Author
After a 25-year career as a physicist, Fred Bortz turned to full-time writing in 1996 after his third book for young readers, Catastrophe! Great Engineering Failure—and Success (Scientific American Books for Young Readers, 1995), was designated a Selector's Choice on the National Science Teacher's Association's list of Outstanding Trade Books for Children. His books for Lerner imprints include: Techno-Matter: The Materials Behind the Marvels (Twenty-First Century Books, 2001, winner of the 2002 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award for works intended for young readers and selected for several best books lists); Collision Course! Cosmic Impacts and Life on Earth (Millbrook Press, 2001, a School Library Journal Top Ten Science and Technology book); Astrobiology (Cool Science series, 2008); Seven Wonders of Exploration Technology (Twenty-First Century Books, 2010); and Seven Wonders of Space Technology (Twenty-First Century Books, 2011).
Junior Library Guild Selection
Science Books & Films Best Books
SSLI Book Award
The Horn Book Guide
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"Bortz is meticulous in his detailing of the events, using spectacular photography, charts, and diagrams to aid the reader in understanding the magnitude of this disaster." --Library Media Connection

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