Cosmic Catastrophes

Seven Ways to Destroy a Planet Like Earth

Written by David Aguilar


I cringed a bit when I first saw this book– great pictures, but lots of tiny words. Instead of being a tedious scientific explanation sprinkled with conjecture and speculation, it was cleverly written and even entertaining. Yes, there is science and some speculation, but it is given in a way that makes you want to learn more. I especially enjoyed the section on black holes, those dark mysteries of space. I did not know that in 2014 an asteroid hit Russia that “released the explosive equivalent of 500,000 tons of TNT!” I would recommend this book to everyone, but especially those fascinated with space.

Review by Teresa Edmunds, Westbrook Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-12

Cosmic Catastrophes: Seven Ways to Destroy a Planet Like Earth
Written by David Aguilar
Viking
79 pages
Release Date: June 14, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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