Books by Steve Rolston

SEEING RED by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"A colorful but superficial ooze of anthropology, with a few drops of biology mixed in. (further reading, sources, index) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
An irreverent if anemic survey of the red stuff's roles in human culture, from Galen to the Twilight series. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

Opposition to a proposal to build a university physics research center on the grounds of an amusement park is the thin story line surrounding this lively introduction to physics for middle-school readers. When Jeremy and reporter Liam attempt to organize kids for a demonstration, visiting physics enthusiast Audrey reveals the connections between physics and sports, art and music; its importance in studies of weather, and space and time; and how it underlies carnival rides and consumer electronics. Sidebars add explanations, definitions and examples of "weird stuff" (often astrophysical), and a series of biographies introduces scientists from Einstein and Curie to Hawking and Feynman. Rolston's cartoon drawings, featuring a diverse group of young people, enliven each page. The explanations are clear but technical enough to require some effort on the part of the reader. Backmatter includes an extensive glossary and wide-ranging suggestions for further reading and web explorations as well as an index. Like its companion, The Great Number Rumble (2007), this introduces a complicated field of study in a lighthearted way. (Nonfiction. 9-13)Read full book review >
EMIKO SUPERSTAR by Mariko Tamaki
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

A charming tale of a shy babysitter looking to break out of her shell. Teenaged Emiko finds herself at a crossroads in defining her own identity. Her friends, once geeks, now concentrate solely on finance, leaving Emiko to discern who she wants to be without the comfort of a group. When she learns about a performance-art group called "The Freak Show," she feels immediately drawn to and intrigued by this counter-culture assemblage. Finding her confidence, she auditions a piece and is accepted—although she has stolen the material for her piece, and is consequently riddled with shame. Emiko is easy to relate to—slightly plump in Rolston's panels, shy and socially aloof, letting thoughts carry the bulk of the story. This female protagonist will fit nicely among the ranks of Minx's other cast of characters including Dixie, Lily and the Janes. A nice story of fitting in, what it means to find yourself and the lengths one will go to achieve that goal. Nothing earth-shatteringly new here, but an inviting tale nonetheless. (Graphic fiction. YA)Read full book review >