You can always tease parents with the adage that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Guessing that ALA TechSource readers may want to share their sci-tech passions with youngsters on their gift list, I'm linking to this list from Booklist Online's free newsletter REaD ALERT: Top Sci-Tech Books for Youth: 2008.
I'm one of the legions of people who owns but has not read Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time. Heck, I even own but have not read a handsome, hardbound, cased set of The Feynman Lectures on Physics, a comp from my days as a publishing sales rep that I didn't want to give up. So, to get me started, I'm attracted to Einstein Adds a New Dimension, by Joy Hakim. The reviewer suggests the title for Grades 7-12, right where my physics education left off, and notes that it's for readers "who enjoy having their intellects stretched" (but not broken).
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