As an extension of the free book giveaway (we are giving away 400 copies of INVENTORS, MAKERS, BARRIER BREAKERS by award-winning science author Pendred Noyce to middle school libraries, thanks to a generous grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation). Tumblehome Books is offering pre-ordered books at half price. This offer is valid till November 30 to all.
If you are a middle school librarian who would like a free copy of the book, sign up with your school name here.  (We have a few left.)

A fun, comprehensive, and lavishly illustrated guide to the bridges of the world for middle-grade readers

This book fills a gap between picture books about bridges for elementary students and technical books about bridges for university coursework. It provides a readable but comprehensive and richly illustrated guide to bridges of the world, with attention to different designs (arch, beam, truss, cantilever, suspension) and materials (wood, stone, concrete, iron, steel, and even roots, grass, and plastic). Examples are drawn from across the world and across the centuries. Fun chapters include those on bridge disasters and the scariest bridges. The style is friendly and accessible, and the book includes links to online bridge-making activities from Carnegie Mellon University.

Specifications: Nonfiction/Childrens: Education Resource • 184 Pages • 7.5 x 9 • 20 Color Photos, 10 B/W Photos, 10 Line Drawings • Ages 9–12 • Grades 3–6 • 9781943431496 • November • $22.95 (Can $30.95) • Cloth

Inspiring life stories of the world’s most remarkable, and often overlooked, women artists—for mature teen readers

Other than a scattered few, women have not often been portrayed among the world’s great artists, especially in books for young readers. This book begins to correct the omission, with portraits of fifteen daring women from the Renaissance to the present. Sofonisba Anguissola, the first documented female court painter, painted the queen of Spain. During the Renaissance, artist Artemisia Gentileschi took the man who assaulted her to court and won—then went on to build a career painting strong women from the Bible and mythology. Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun fled the French Revolution and supported her daughter and herself by painting portraits across Europe. Rose Bonheur frequented slaughterhouses to master animal anatomy. Berthe Morisot sold paintings exhibited alongside the Impressionists. Augusta Savage fought racism and poverty to become a leading sculptor. The book also profiles more recent and high profile artists, including Frida Kahlo, Annie Leibovitz, Zaha Hadid, and more. Their stories will inspire girls who want to find a place in the arts and girls who simply seek the courage to make their own voices heard in the world.

Specifications: Art/Childrens: Nonfiction • 200 Pages • 7.5 x 9 • 45 Color Photos, 15 B/W Photos • 9781943431533 • December • Cloth