Whitbread Shortlist
National Book Awards 2005

High Grades in Science

Joy Hakim, well-known for her history series, is now writing middle-school science text books and getting high marks for them. USA Today's Greg Toppo reports,

Hakim (pronounced HAKE-im) already has legions of admirers for her best-selling American history series, A History of US. Now she is making fans of science teachers, who praise both her scholarship and her ability to make difficult subjects comprehensible.

"The science is impeccable," says Gerry Wheeler, executive director of the National Science Teachers Association. Wheeler, who has written a college physics textbook, says Hakim's writing "takes advantage of the power of story, but it's also quite sophisticated. She has refused to lower the bar."


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