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Tymony, Cy. Sneaky uses for everyday things.

Andrews McMeel. 157p. illus. bibliog. c2003. 0-7407-3859-3. $10.95. JSA *

"How to turn a penny into a radio, make a flood alarm with an aspirin, change milk into plastic, extract water and electricity from thin air, turn on a TV with your ring, and other amazing feats," the cover boasts, making this as irresistible to readers as the popular Worst-Case Scenarios series. There are great ideas for science fair projects here, too. The book is divided into four parts: Sneaky Tricks and Gimmicks, such as detecting counterfeit bills using magnets; Sneaky Gadgets and Gizmos, such as using a wire-controlled toy car to make a power room door opener; Security Gadgets and Gizmos, such as a Rube Goldberg-type device for capturing break-ins on film; and Sneaky Survival Techniques, like how to use a plastic bag to obtain drinking water from plants--and also (caveat emptor) how to make clubs and knives from rocks and glass shards. Black-and-white line drawings illustrate the materials needed and the steps involved.

Most projects are quick and easy and require, as the title indicates, only everyday household materials. A list of Web sites at the end will lead readers to other ideas. Buy several copies of this, and be sure to point it out to science teachers. Paula Rohrlick, KLIATT
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Date:Mar 1, 2004
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