Author Alan Gratz visited Akron Schools on Wednesday, April 26 for three assemblies for which the students controlled the direction of his speech.  The prolific author shared his story about how he became a writer, his writing process and the stories behind some of the books that he's written.  Students at the middle and high school level were given the opportunity to talk with him over lunch or visit after school for autographs, pictures and more Q & A.  Many thanks to Library Media Specialist Mrs. Laura Penn and the Akron PTA for making the event possible. 

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  • Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

    by Mary Roach Year Published: 2016

    Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries―panic, exhaustion, heat, noise―and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat. She visits the fashion design studio of U.S. Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper. She visits a repurposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds. Roach samples caffeinated meat, sniffs an archival sample of a World War II stink bomb, and stays up all night with the crew tending the missiles on the nuclear submarine USS Tennessee. She answers questions not found in any other book on the military: Whyis DARPA interested in ducks? How is a wedding gown like a bomb suit? Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? Take a tour of duty with Roach, and you’ll never see our nation’s defenders in the same way again.

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