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Book no.1

Gross Universe (2004)



Welcome to Gross Universe, where stinking, exploding, and oozing are basic facts of life for humans, animals, and plants alike. The world we live in is definitely gross, but instead of hiding under the blankets (you'll never guess what's under there) it's best just to discover as much about it as you can.


“Szpirglas proves that gross facts are cool, and the book may just convince kids who think science is boring to take another look.” – School Library Journal


“Gross Universe will entice readers to delve into their favourite foul and fascinating facts.” – Kirkus Reviews

Awards and Honours

2007 YALSA, Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

2005 Independent Publishers’ Award, Juvenile & YA Non-fiction Category, Finalist

2005 Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Our Choice Starred Selection

2004 Canadian Science Writers’ Association, Science In Society Award, Finalist

2004 Resource Links, Best of the Year

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