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This entertaining book navigates readers through the history of car production and offers a front‐seat view of the science and engineering that makes the world’s most important vehicle safe for us to drive.
Cars take us to work. To school. To soccer practice. To the grocery store and home again. Can you imagine a world without them? It’s not easy! One of the reasons we can use cars so much in our everyday lives is because they are safe to drive. But that hasn’t always been the case. If it weren’t for the experiments conducted over decades that involved all kinds of crash test volunteers―dead, alive, animal, or automated―cars as we know them might not be around. And then how would you get to school?
Filled with fun four‐wheeled nuggets of history and explanations of how cars actually work, this nonfiction book from former science educator and award-winning author Jennifer Swanson will appeal to lovers of all things that go and readers who are interested in getting in under the hood and seeing how things work.

ABOUT Jennifer Swanson, Author

Jennifer is the award-winning author of over 35 nonfiction books for children. Her passion for science resonates in in all her books but especially, BRAIN GAMES (NGKids) and SUPER GEAR: Nanotechnology and Sports Team Up (Charlesbridge) which was named an NSTA Best STEM book of 2017. Jennifer’s book, Geoengineering Earth’s Climate: Re-setting the Thermostat (Lerner Books) received a Green Earth Book Honor Award. Her Astronaut-Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact received a Florida Book Award, a Eureka California Reading Association Gold Award and an NSTA BEST STEM book award. She has presented at multiple SCBWI conferences, National NSTA conferences, the Highlights Foundation, the World Science Festival and the Atlanta Science Festival.

ABOUT TeMika Grooms, Illustrator

TeMika Grooms is an artist, author and arts advocate inspired by great stories and the characters who live them.  She is intrigued by sequential art, specifically in the form of Children’s Literature and Graphic Novels, and the power they have to influence change in society.  TeMika now uses this picture platform to engage the community through workshops that encourage others to be creative, imaginative and gain freedom through visual art and story creation.
As a child of a librarian, TeMika spent afternoons reading stories, day dreaming, writing and drawing silly pictures on whatever paper she could find.  She gravitated towards visual storytelling.  In hindsight, she considers herself a reluctant reader.  But it was in this magical place that she fell in love with creative writers and illustrators like Shel Silverstein and Dr. Suess.
She has also become actively involved in supporting the education of authors and illustrators by serving as Regional Illustrator Coordinator for The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and providing networking opportunities to connect with industry professionals.
She continues to create inspiring and entertaining books on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, near the edge of the woods, with two wildly creative daughters she affectionately calls Thing One and Thing Two.

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