Twisting tornadoes leveled small towns in Florida. Floods washed out roads and homes in Peru. Severe droughts in Indonesia caused roaring forest fires, leaving animals starving. Is it possible that all these deadly disasters were caused by the same weather event? Yes, and its name is El Niño. This weather pattern causes a pool of warm water to form in the Pacific Ocean, which impacts climate conditions around the world. El Niño also has a dangerous little sister, La Niña. Author Carmen Bredeson explores the causes and effects of El Niño and La Niña, and looks at stories from survivors and rescue workers that have seen their wrath.
On June 26, 2008, the Supreme Court announced its decision in the case of DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA V. HELLER. By a vote of 5 to 4, the court struck down a ban on guns as a violation of the Second Amendment. Still, the debate rages on. Does a private citizen still have the right to own a gun for self-defense of the home? Did the government have the right to restrict an entire class of weapons, either by levying taxes or banning them altogether? Tom Streissguth looks at all of the sides of this complex and controversial legal debate.
Columbus Day is celebrated each year on the second Monday in October. Christopher Columbus was born in 1451 in Genoa, Italy. He set off to explore new lands. Columbus is remembered for crossing the Atlantic Ocean. EL DIA DE COLON—CELEBRAMOS A UN EXPLORADOR FAMOSO is a Spanish-only edition exploring the history behind this day.