Book Review: Fault Lines & Tectonic Plates by Kathleen M. Reilly

Fault Lines & Tectonic Plates cover imageWhy do earthquakes occur? What contributes to the eruption of volcanoes? How do tectonic plates move against each other? The answers to these questions and others related to how our planet formed mountain ranges, ocean trenches, certain types of rock and more can be found in Fault Lines & Tectonic Plates by Kathleen M. Reilly.

It’s the kind of nonfiction book that’s great for budding geologists or scientists of any kind, but particularly those who are curious about the physical world around them. Filled with fun facts and words to know, Fault Lines & Tectonic Plates also has 25 projects that kids can do at home. Most will need the help of a parent and/or friend, which gives kids opportunities to interact with others while stimulating their intellectual curiosity.

The activities also give kids the opportunity to learn what it means to come up with a theory and test it out. And it shows how scientists don’t always learn the truth about what they are trying to figure out until they have tried and failed, or when others build upon their research.

Fault Lines & Tectonic Plates should be a great book to read through all at once, but it’s also good to keep it on the bookshelf where young readers can refer to it again and again, particularly when there’s a bit of current news related to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, ocean exploration and more. I recommend it for readers aged 9 to 12.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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