Pump It Up!
by Melissa Stewart
Benchmark Books, 2009
for Grades 3-5
ISBN 978-0-76144-164-9
Purchase this book at your local independent bookseller or Amazon.com.
Blasts of Gas The Eyes Have It! Germ Wars!
Give Me a Hand Here We Grow It's Spit-acular!
Moving and Grooving Now Hear This! The Skin You're In
Up Your Nose! You've Got Nerve  
The Secrets of the Heart and Blood
The lively, conversational tone and blend of photos and cartoon-style art make Pump It Up: The Secrets of the Heart and Blood a perfect blend of fun facts and serious science learning about the human body as well as the bodies of other creatures. Here at last—a book that’s irreverent enough to captivate young readers, yet authoritative enough to win the praise of teachers, librarians, and parents.
Honors and Awards
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator/Anna Cross Giblin Nonfiction Research Grant
Research Notes
“While I was working on this book, I received some fantastic news. The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators awarded me a research grant to help fund my work on this series. It allowed me to dig even deeper for all kinds of great information. I scoured the library at a nearby medical school and read dozens of journal articles.

“When I’m researching, I always keep my eyes and ears open for ideas, and it’s a good thing. One day, I heard a fascinating show on National Public Radio. It was all about the surprising link between body size, heart rate, and life span.”

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