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Children's Nonfiction Anatomy & Physiology

Your Brain Is Amazing

How the Human Mind Works

by (author) Esperanza Habinger

illustrated by Sole Sebastián

translated by Lawrence Schimel

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Feb 2023
Anatomy & Physiology, Emotions & Feelings, Biology
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Feb 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


The sight of stars in the sky, the taste of chocolate, the memories of a holiday, pain after you fall...all of these experiences are possible thanks to your brain.

Did you know that the information inside your head travels faster than cars on the highway? Or that electricity moves around in there? Your brain is mysterious—there is a lot we know about it and even more that we still don’t understand. With detailed illustrations and activities to challenge your brain, Your Brain is Amazing explores the inner workings of the most complex organ on Earth and how it makes you you!

About the authors

Esperanza Habinger is a fan of science. She studied medicine and then specialized in child and teen psychiatry. Esperanza has always been interested in sharing this knowledge, and that’s why she’s taken part in many conferences through the Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is currently the vice president of the Chilean Society of Bipolar Disorders, but what she is most passionate about is talking with kids and teenagers about how they feel and what problems they have. This is her first science book for young readers. Esperanza lives in Santiago, Chile.

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Sole Sebastián studied design, but she always liked to draw, so she decided to become an illustrator. Since then she’s devoted herself to illustrating for books and magazines. She likes to explore different techniques because there are many different ways to tell stories. She has also given workshops for both kids and adults. Sole lives in Tulsa, Chile.

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Lawrence Schimel is an award-winning author and anthologist who has published over 70 books in many genres, including four anthologies for Arsenal Pulp Press, all co-edited with Richard Labonte: The Future Is Queer (2006), the Lambda Award-winning First Person Queer (2007), its sequel Second Person Queer (2009), and I Like It Like That (2009). His other books include Lambda winner PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions about Gender and Sexuality (with Carol Queen), The Drag Queen of Elfland, The Mammoth Book of Gay Erotica, and Things Invisible to See: Lesbian and Gay Tales of Magic Realism. Formerly of New York, he has lived in Madrid, Spain since 1999.


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Editorial Reviews

“A fascinating look at a most complex organ and will serve not only the curious reader, but also the student who requires information for a class project. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“This comprehensive look at how the brain functions will keep readers mesmerized as they uncover a multitude of fascinating facts.”

School Library Journal

“An excellent book for any child who is curious about the human mind…A valuable resource for parents and educators who want to teach children about the importance of brain health…Sure to entertain and educate readers of all ages. Recommended for health classes and library collections.”

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLDC)

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