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Why the Great Auk Is Gone for Good

Not so long ago, the northern seas were full of great auks. Every summer, millions of the two-toned, goose-sized birds would gather at different breeding grounds across the North Atlantic. The flightless birds were easy to capture, and passing sailors loved how they tasted. “In less than half an hour …

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7 Great Fantasy Novels for Teenagers

When people ask me for recommendations for avid teenage readers — or for teenagers who seem to have taken a break from reading — my first question is, “Does he or she prefer fantasy or real-life stories?” Some teenagers read strictly for an escape into imagined worlds, usually ones full …

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