Fantastic Feats and Failures

Editors of YES Mag

Astronauts on Apollo 13 averted disaster with the help of duct tape. The design of the Sydney Opera House was based on the segments of an orange. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge swayed so much it was nicknamed “Galloping Gertie.” From genius designs to deadly design-flaws, the story of engineering is full of oddities and surprises. Fantastic Feats and Failures includes bridge and dome-building projects, and other activities to test your engineering know-how.

978-1-55337-634-7 | Aug 1, 2004
List Price: USD $9.95, CAD $9.95
4-color 8 1/2 x 11 52 pages
Grades: 3 To 7 / Ages: 8 to 12

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Awards & Reviews

“Well organized and engagingly written, the one- to four-page chapters present good overall views of these endeavors as well as amusing and intriguing details of their design and construction. Excellent photos, most in color, illustrate the places and events discussed, while colorful drawings visually represent concepts such as elevations of water and locks along the Panama Canal. There isn't much about engineering in kids' books; this is a lively introduction.”
— Booklist, September 2004
“Thickly illustrated with bright color photos and lucid diagrams, this will be popular with casual browsers and all fans of large-scale human endeavor.”
— Kirkus Reviews, September 2004
“A fascinating ode to the practical magic of engineering.”
— Quill & Quire, Starred Review, August 2004
2007 - Red Cedar Book Award, Short-listed
2006 - Science Writing Award, American Institute of Physics, Winner
2006 - Rocky Mountain Book Award, Commended
2006 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
2005 - Silver Birch Award, Short-listed
2005 - Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students, National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council., Winner
2004 - Book of the Year Award, ForeWord Magazine, Runner-up

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