Books by Elizabeth Rusch

MARIO AND THE HOLE IN THE SKY by Elizabeth Rusch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 5, 2019

"A timely and fascinating look at what courage and focused, informed action can accomplish. (Picture book/biography. 6-11)"
"The sky is falling, the sky is falling"—but unlike the supporting cast of "Chicken Little," no one pays attention to Mexican-born chemist Dr. Mario Molina's call to action. Read full book review >
AVALANCHE DOG HEROES by Elizabeth Rusch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A peppy introduction to a lesser-known type of worker dog. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
An exploration of the work of avalanche-rescue dogs through a focus on one dog and her trainer. Read full book review >
IMPACT! by Elizabeth Rusch
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Lavishly illustrated with Anderson's photographs, this wide-ranging sample of asteroid science presumes quite a bit of previous knowledge but will reward the enthusiast. (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
In space and on Earth, scientists study asteroids in hopes of avoiding a disaster like the one that befell the dinosaurs. Read full book review >
THE MUSIC OF LIFE by Elizabeth Rusch
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2017

"Delightfully energetic, this will inspire young pianists. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
A bright, colorful introduction to a beloved instrument. Read full book review >
READY, SET. . .BABY! by Elizabeth Rusch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Expect older kids to go gaga over this informative little guide. (Picture book. 4-7)"
What to expect when mommy's done expecting. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Timely, important, appropriately focused and interesting. (extensive chapter notes, sources, suggestions, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
Scientists and engineers from around the world work to harness the power of ocean waves, testing their ideas in an Oregon research lab and the stormy seas off the Oregon coast. Read full book review >
MUDDY MAX by Elizabeth Rusch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Not a slick kickoff, but the premise should stick with (if not to) readers well enough to water interest in sequels. (activities) (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
Repeated dunks in contaminated mud confer temporary superpowers on a middle schooler in this spotty series opener. Read full book review >
ELECTRICAL WIZARD by Elizabeth Rusch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"An engaging volume that will encourage both budding scientists and anyone intrigued by the creative process. (sources, bibliography, further reading) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Nikola Tesla's curiosity and passion for discovery are on full display in this picture-book biography. Read full book review >
VOLCANO RISING by Elizabeth Rusch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"A clever and appealing introduction to a remarkable natural phenomenon. (glossary, bibliography, further reading) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Blowing their tops off, growing taller and wider, and forming new mountains and islands, volcanoes can be both destructive and creative. Extraordinary illustrations complement this description of eight extraordinary Earth events. Read full book review >
ERUPTION! by Elizabeth Rusch
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2013

"High-stakes science, portrayed in one of the scarier entries in this bar-setting series. (glossary, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Rusch (Mighty Mars Rovers, 2012) cranks up the pressure as she portrays scientists whose work requires getting entirely too close to active or soon-to-be-active volcanoes. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2012

"How extraordinary to visit Mars in Spirit; readers will be very glad of the Opportunity. (sources, chapter notes, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
What's it like to explore Mars? Did life ever exist on Earth's red neighbor? To find out, readers need only soar along with this enthralling account of the adventures of two rovers designed to seek evidence on Mars of water that could have once supported life. Read full book review >
A DAY WITH NO CRAYONS by Elizabeth Rusch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

Having her crayons confiscated after an unfortunate incident with a wall turns out to be a real horizon-expander for a budding artist. Liza treasures her turquoise, adores apricot and flips over fuchsia, but when she decorates a blank wall after running out of paper, her mom takes all of these bright colors away—literally, in the illustrations, as Liza and her surroundings instantly fade to dull grays. Happily, that doesn't last long; colors leech back in to the world as Liza not only finds vibrant new hues in mud, flowers and grass, but discovers the pleasures of assembling pebbles, petals and other small found items into a beach, a sunset and other artistic constructs. By the time she gets her crayons back that evening, she's been liberated from her dependence on them, and is looking at the world with new eyes. Crayon-wielders aren't the only ones who will benefit from this exercise in thinking outside the box, whether flip-top or figurative. (Picture book. 6-8) Read full book review >