The Smartest Kids in the World Book
Score: 3.5
From 11 Ratings

The Smartest Kids in the World


  • Author : Amanda Ripley
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2014-07-29
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451654431

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The Smartest Kids in the World Excerpt :

Following three teenagers who chose to spend one school year living in Finland, South Korea, and Poland, a literary journalist recounts how attitudes, parenting, and rigorous teaching have revolutionized these countries' education results.

The Smartest Kids in the World Book
Score: 3.5
From 11 Ratings

The Smartest Kids in the World


  • Author : Amanda Ripley
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-08-13
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451654448

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The Smartest Kids in the World Excerpt :

How do other countries create “smarter” kids? What is it like to be a child in the world’s new education superpowers? The Smartest Kids in the World “gets well beneath the glossy surfaces of these foreign cultures and manages to make our own culture look newly strange....The question is whether the startling perspective provided by this masterly book can also generate the will to make changes” (The New York Times Book Review). In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they’ve never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy. Inspired to find answers for our own children, author and Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley follows three Americans embed­ded in these countries for one year. Kim, fifteen, raises $10,000 so she can move from Oklahoma to Finland; Eric, eighteen, trades his high-achieving Minnesota suburb for a booming city in South Korea; and Tom, seventeen, leaves a historic Pennsylvania village for Poland. Through these young informants, Ripley meets battle-scarred reformers, sleep-deprived zombie students, and a teacher who earns $4 million a year. Their stories, along with groundbreaking research into learning in other cultures, reveal a pattern of startling transformation: none of these countries had many “smart” kids a few decades ago. Things had changed. Teaching had become more rigorous; parents had focused on things that mattered; and children had bought into the promise of education.

The Smartest Kids in the World Book
Score: 3.5
From 11 Ratings

The Smartest Kids in the World


  • Author : Amanda Ripley
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-08-13
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451654424

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The Smartest Kids in the World Excerpt :

Following three teenagers who chose to spend one school year living in Finland, South Korea, and Poland, a literary journalist recounts how attitudes, parenting, and rigorous teaching have revolutionized these countries' education results.

The Smartest Kid in the Universe Book

The Smartest Kid in the Universe


  • Author : Chris Grabenstein
  • Publisher : Yearling
  • Release Date : 2021-11-16
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 321
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525647812

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The Smartest Kid in the Universe Excerpt :

"Chris Grabenstein just might be the smartest writer for kids in the universe." --James Patterson Meet the Smartest Kid in the Universe in this fun-packed series from the New York Times Bestselling Author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and coauthor of Max Einstein! Twelve-year-old Jake's middle school is about to be shut down. Jake and his friends know their school's worth saving-if they could only figure out how! When Jake spies a bowl of jellybeans at the hotel where his mom works, he eats them. But uh-oh--those weren't just jellybeans, one of the scientists at his mom's conference is in the process of developing the first ingestible information pills. And THAT'S what Jake ate. Before long, Jake is the smartest kid in the universe. But the pills haven't been tested yet. And when word gets out about this new genius, people want him. The government. The mega corporations. Not all of them are nice! Can Jake navigate all the ins and outs of his newfound geniusdom (not to mention the ins and outs of middle school!) AND use his smarts to figure out how to save his school? (Hint-it will take someone smart enough to decipher an almost forgotten pirate legend!) It turns out, sometimes even the smartest kid has a lot to learn!

The Smartest Kid in the Universe Book 2  Genius Camp Book

The Smartest Kid in the Universe Book 2 Genius Camp


  • Author : Chris Grabenstein
  • Publisher : Random House Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2021-11-30
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593301791

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The Smartest Kid in the Universe Book 2 Genius Camp Excerpt :

"Chris Grabenstein just might be the smartest writer for kids in the universe." —James Patterson The Smartest Kid in the Universe goes to genius camp in book two of this action-packed series from the New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library! Jake McQuade is the smartest kid in the universe—and he's back to defend his title! This time, he is heading off to a camp for geniuses sponsored by billionaire tech mogul (and brilliant inventor) Zane Zinkle. But genius camp is not like regular camp. There are limo buses, robot polar bears, and high-tech cabins with high-tech toilets! But it isn’t all fun and brain games at camp, especially when Jake goes up against the artificially intelligent Virtuoso quantum computer—the smartest machine in the universe—which also happens to be Zinkle’s latest genius creation! It's boy versus bot in this epic showdown packed with s'mores, puzzles, action, adventure, and hilarious, jelly bean-fueled fun! Bonus puzzle included!

The Unthinkable Book
Score: 4
From 15 Ratings

The Unthinkable


  • Author : Amanda Ripley
  • Publisher : Harmony
  • Release Date : 2008-06-10
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307449276

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Discover how human beings react to danger—and what makes the difference between life and death “Fascinating and useful . . . [shows that] the most important variable in an emergency is your own behavior.”—The New York Times Today, nine out of ten Americans live in places at significant risk of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, or other disasters. Tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to save ourselves and our families. How will we react? What will it feel like? Will we be heroes or victims? In her quest to answer these questions, award-winning journalist Amanda Ripley traces human responses to some of recent history’s epic disasters, from the explosion of the Mont Blanc munitions ship in 1917–one of the biggest explosions before the invention of the atomic bomb–to the journeys of the 15,000 people who found their way out of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. To understand the science behind the stories, Ripley turns to leading brain scientists, trauma psychologists, and other disaster experts. She even has her own brain examined by military researchers and experiences, through realistic simulations, what it might be like to survive a plane crash into the ocean or to escape a raging fire. Ripley comes back with precious wisdom about the surprising humanity of crowds, the elegance of the brain’s fear circuits, and the stunning inadequacy of many of our evolutionary responses. Most unexpectedly, she discovers the brain’s ability to do much, much better–with just a little help.

The Great Degeneration Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Great Degeneration


  • Author : Niall Ferguson
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Business cycles
  • Pages : 173
  • ISBN 10 : 9781846147326

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The Great Degeneration Excerpt :

The latest work from Niall Ferguson, bestselling author of Empire, The Great Degneration is based on his 2012 BBC Reith Lectures 'The Rule of Law and Its Enemies'The decline of the West is something that has long been prophesied. Symptoms of decline are all around us today, it seems: slowing growth, crushing debts, aging populations, anti-social behaviour. But what exactly is amiss with Western civilization? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, is that our institutions - the intricate frameworks within which a society can flourish or fail - are degenerating. Representative government, the free market, the rule of law and civil society: these were once the four pillars of West European and North American societies. It was these institutions, rather than any geographical or climatic advantages, that set the West on the path to global dominance after around 1500. In our time, however, these institutions have deteriorated in disturbing ways. Our democracies have broken the contract between the generations by heaping IOUs on our children and grandchildren. Our markets are increasingly distorted by over-complex regulations that are in fact the disease of which they purport to be the cure. The rule of law has metamorphosed into the rule of lawyers. And civil society has degenerated into uncivil society, where we lazily expect all our problems to be solved by the state.The Degeneration of the West a powerful - and in places polemical - indictment of an era of negligence and complacency. While the Arab world struggles to adopt democracy, and while China struggles to move from economic liberalization to the rule of law, Europeans and Americans alike are frittering away the institutional inheritance of centuries. To arrest the degeneration of the West's once dominant civilization, Ferguson warns, will take heroic leadership and radical reform.

High Conflict Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

High Conflict


  • Author : Amanda Ripley
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2021-04-06
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781982128562

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High Conflict Excerpt :

"In the tradition of bestselling explainers like The Tipping Point, [this] book [is] based on cutting edge science that breaks down the idea of extreme conflict--the kind that paralyzes people and places--and then shows how to escape it"--

Jimmy Corrigan Book
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

Jimmy Corrigan


  • Author : Chris Ware
  • Publisher : Pantheon
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Pages : 394
  • ISBN 10 : 0375714545

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Jimmy Corrigan Excerpt :

A graphic novel chronicles four generations of the Corrigan men, from 1893 to 1983.

World Class Book

World Class


  • Author : Teru Clavel
  • Publisher : Atria Books
  • Release Date : 2020-10-06
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501192982

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World Class Excerpt :

“An upbeat chronicle of [Clavel’s] children’s school experiences in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo…[offering] advice about vetting schools and enriching children’s education.” —Kirkus Reviews “An intriguing volume on the differences in global education.” —Library Journal A must-read firsthand exploration of why Asian students are outpacing their American counterparts and how to help our children excel in today’s competitive world. When Teru Clavel had young children, she watched her friends and fellow parents vie for spots in elite New York City schools. Instead of losing herself in the intensive applications and interview process, Teru and her family moved to Asia, embarking on a decade-long journey through the public schools of Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo. These schools were low-tech and bare-bones, with teachers who demanded obedience and order. In Hong Kong, her children’s school was nicknamed The Prison for its foreboding facilities, yet her three-year-old loved his teachers and his nightly homework. In Tokyo, the students were responsible for school chores, like preparing and serving school lunches. Yet Teru was amazed to discover that her children thrived in these academically competitive cultures; they learned to be independent, self-confident, resilient, and, above all, they developed a deep love of learning. When the family returned to the States, the true culture shock came when the top schools could no longer keep up with her children. Written with warmth and humor, World Class is a compelling story about how to inspire children to thrive academically. “Studded with lists of useful tips about choosing schools and hiring tutors, for parents who must advocate for their children and supplement gaps in their educations” (Publishers Weekly) and an insightful guide to set your children on a path towards lifelong success.

Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education World Class How to Build a 21st Century School System Book

Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education World Class How to Build a 21st Century School System


  • Author : Schleicher Andreas
  • Publisher : OECD Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-05-29
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9789264300002

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Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education World Class How to Build a 21st Century School System Excerpt :

Andreas Schleicher - initiator of PISA and an international authority on education policy - offers a unique perspective on education reform.

Jimmy Corrigan  The Smartest Kid on Earth Book
Score: 3.5
From 30 Ratings

Jimmy Corrigan The Smartest Kid on Earth


  • Author : Chris Ware
  • Publisher : Pantheon
  • Release Date : 2000-09-12
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Pages : 386
  • ISBN 10 : 9780375404535

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Jimmy Corrigan The Smartest Kid on Earth Excerpt :

This first book from Chicago author Chris Ware is a pleasantly-decorated view at a lonely and emotionally-impaired "everyman" (Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth), who is provided, at age 36, the opportunity to meet his father for the first time. An improvisatory romance which gingerly deports itself between 1890's Chicago and 1980's small town Michigan, the reader is helped along by thousands of colored illustrations and diagrams, which, when read rapidly in sequence, provide a convincing illusion of life and movement. The bulk of the work is supported by fold-out instructions, an index, paper cut-outs, and a brief apology, all of which concrete to form a rich portrait of a man stunted by a paralyzing fear of being disliked.

Smartest Animals Book

Smartest Animals


  • Author : Joanne Mattern
  • Publisher : Red Chair Press
  • Release Date : 2019-08-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN 10 : 9781634407090

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Smartest Animals Excerpt :

Which animal can find its way through a maze and even learn shortcuts? And which animal is so smart it lets cars do the hard work of cracking open its food?

Isaac Newton  The Smartest Person That Ever Lived   Biography of Famous People Grade 3   Children s Biography Books Book

Isaac Newton The Smartest Person That Ever Lived Biography of Famous People Grade 3 Children s Biography Books


  • Author : Baby Professor
  • Publisher : Speedy Publishing LLC
  • Release Date : 2017-05-15
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 64
  • ISBN 10 : 9781541921412

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Isaac Newton The Smartest Person That Ever Lived Biography of Famous People Grade 3 Children s Biography Books Excerpt :

Isaac Newton was very smart. He formulated some of the laws that have made technology possible. Read about the life and works of Isaac Newton in this book for third graders. Be inspired by his decisions and his determination. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and grab a copy today!

Work Hard  Be Nice  Book
Score: 3.5
From 21 Ratings

Work Hard Be Nice


  • Author : Jay Mathews
  • Publisher : Algonquin Books
  • Release Date : 2009-01-20
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN 10 : 9781565126732

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Work Hard Be Nice Excerpt :

When Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin signed up for Teach for America right after college and found themselves utter failures in the classroom, they vowed to remake themselves into superior educators. They did that—and more. In their early twenties, by sheer force of talent and determination never to take no for an answer, they created a wildly successful fifth-grade experience that would grow into the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), which today includes sixty-six schools in nineteen states and the District of Columbia. KIPP schools incorporate what Feinberg and Levin learned from America's best, most charismatic teachers: lessons need to be lively; school days need to be longer (the KIPP day is nine and a half hours); the completion of homework has to be sacrosanct (KIPP teachers are available by telephone day and night). Chants, songs, and slogans such as "Work hard, be nice" energize the program. Illuminating the ups and downs of the KIPP founders and their students, Mathews gives us something quite rare: a hopeful book about education.