Bluestem Book of the Week!
2019 Bluestem Nominees!
Have you read any of the 2019 Bluestem Books?
20 books for grades 3 to 5 are nominated every year for the Bluestem Award, and they are displayed in the Youth Services Department.
Take a look at our staff review for this week’s featured book!
Title: Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super Soaking Stream of Inventions
Author: Chris Barton
Lexile Level: 820L
In Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super Soaking Stream of Inventions author Chris Barton presents an inspiring story about not giving up in the face of difficult odds. Barton chronicles Lonnie Johnson’s life as an inventor, beginning in childhood, where his passion for engineering fueled his drive and curiosity. In school, Johnson impressed peers and adults by creating toy rockets, even learning how to make fuel, and building his own robot. Lonnie went on to work for NASA, helping send the Galileo space probe to Jupiter. Then, while researching new cooling systems for refrigerators and air conditioners, Lonnie stumbled upon a simple technology that would become the basis for one of the world’s most popular toys. Nevertheless, Lonnie faced seemingly endless challenges bringing his new toy to market. If not for Johnson’s perseverance the Super Soaker would have remained a forgotten prototype.
Reviewed By: Roger
Click Here for a List of all 20 Bluestem Nominees
Created by Jen Trotta on
Oct 18th, 2018 @ 12:27 PM.
Updated on Mar 18th, 2019 @ 1:48 PM.