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Children's Nonfiction Inventions

Becoming Bionic and Other Ways Science Is Making Us Super

by (author) Heather Camlot

illustrated by Victor Wong

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Apr 2023
Inventions, How Things Work-Are Made, Robotics, Anatomy & Physiology
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Apr 2023
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 6 to 12


Take a tour of the science of superpowers and see how science fiction is becoming science fact

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Fly like Shazam? Turn invisible like Violet Parr? Or maybe have the super strength of the Hulk? Believe it or not, many of the extraordinary abilities we see in comics and movies are already a reality—or could become one soon!

This middle-grade nonfiction book uses superheroes to explore how science is transforming our bodies and our experiences. Engaging text, detailed timelines, and intricate diagrams break down how superhero traits have been reflected in technological innovations throughout history, and how they could appear in the future. Jetpacks and rocket belts can help us fly like Superman. Prosthetic limbs and lab-grown human tissue mirror the regenerative powers of Wolverine and Ms. Marvel. But readers are also invited to think critically about these incredible, and sometimes controversial, advancements—after all, with great power comes great responsibility!

A fresh and timely take on innovation, Becoming Bionic and Other Ways Science Is Making Us Super blends pop culture, history, and STEM for a fun, engaging, and thought-provoking look at the science of superpowers.

About the authors

HEATHER CAMLOT is the author of the nonfiction What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows? and the Skipping Stones Honor Award novels The Other Side and Clutch, the latter of which was named among Kirkus’s Best Middle-Grade Historical Fiction. A journalist for more than 20 years, she has written, edited and translated for various publications, including Quill & Quire, Owl, TV Guide Canada and Style at Home. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.


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VICTOR WONG is a graduate of the Sheridan College Illustration Program. This is his first book for children, but his previous illustration clients include Reader's Digest Canada, Monocle, Cottage Life, YouTube, and The Walrus. Originally from Nova Scotia, Victor now lives in Mississauga, Ontario.

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  • Commended, Outstanding Science Trade Book List
  • Nominated, Yellow Cedar Award

Editorial Reviews

"Uses pop culture to give an accessible and engaging overview of the science of superpowers through history and into the present."

Canadian Review of Materials

"This book shows kids how some of the most common superhero abilities may already be reality, may become reality, or why they will likely not be achievable ... Vibrant, detailed illustrations make it easy for kids to envision these historical discoveries as well as future possibilities."

Youth Services Book Review

"A peek at how advances in medicine and technology are turning imaginary superpowers, from flight to telepathy, into realities ... Fascinating."

Kirkus Reviews

"The cool factor is high in this eye-opening portrayal of all the ways science is helping humans 'become bionic.'"

Publishers Weekly

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