Bet You Can!: Science Possibilities to Fool You

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Avon Books, 1983 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 111 pages
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Learn every trick in the book with this amazing collection of science possibilities to fool you. These challenges will seem impossible, but you can do each and every one of them. You can't lose because the odds are all stacked in your favor. The key to your success is science, the big puzzle solver. With the help of secrets about the human body, matter, and energy, you can perform superhero acts you didn't know were possible. Learn to hang a spoon on the end of your nose, make a sugar cube float, and keep a ball in the air for hours.

Surprise yourself, fool your friends, and amaze your teachers. With science as your secret ally, you can make fun out of impossible situations. You can bet on it!

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About the author (1983)

Vicki Cobb is the author of many award-winning science books for young people. With degrees from Barnard College and Columbia University Teachers College, Vicki enjoyed an early career as a science teacher. She now devotes all her time to writing and speaking to teachers, children, and librarians all over the country. She frequently writes for the Huffington Post and is also the founder and president of iNK Think Tank, an organization dedicated to getting high-quality nonfiction books into classrooms. To find out what recent science experiment Vicki has been cooking up, visit her online at

In Her Own Words...

"Kathy and Tara Darling collaborate on children's books that focus on rare and endangered wildlife. To their knowledge, they are the world's only mother/daughter wildlife writer/photographer team.

"Although they are mother and daughter, they work as equal partners. Tara explains, "We complement each other. I see in photographic images and Mother sees in word pictures. These two different views grow together as we work on a project, until the words and photos blend into one single statement."

"The Darlings studied the manatees of Crystal River, Florida, over a period of two years as they prepared Manatee: On Location, the first book in the prize-winning On Location series. The arctic wilderness of Round Island, Alaska, the site of their second book for Lothrop, Walrus: On Location, tested togetherness as they sat in a tiny wet tent and waited out violent storms. There were scary moments in Belize when Kathy was attacked by a vampire bat and in Australia when Tara had the seat of her pants ripped out by a sea lion bull. But, they write, "we think making young people aware of the danger the animals are in more than outweighs any danger we might face. We care, and we hope through our words and pictures that we will get young people to care too. Maybe some will even care enough to choose this career for themselves."

"Together, the Darlings have done twenty books about animals as exotic as Tasmanian devils and as familiar as dogs. Kathy Darling has written scores of books. Her subjects have ranged from the animals she writes about in her books with Tara to the experiments in chemistry and physics she writes about with Vicki Cobb in Wanna Bet?, Bet You Can!, and Bet You Can't!. Her interest in science began as a child, and in college she majored in biology. In addition to being a writer, Mrs. Darling has been a children's book editor, a publicist, and a syndicated newspaper columnist.

"Tara Darling studied marine biology at Boston University and worked with penguins and otters at the New England Aquarium. After several years of doing TV research in a New York office, she realized that capturing the lives of endangered animals on film was work that was infinitely more rewarding to her. A member of the Professional Photographers of America, her credits include a CD-ROM about dogs, as well as numerous magazine covers.

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