LEVINE, Shar




Author Tags: Kidlit & Young Adult

DATE OF BIRTH: Aug, 29, 1953

PLACE OF BIRTH: Edmonton

ARRIVAL IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: 1975

ANCESTRAL BACKGROUND: Japanese Jew "not relevant but interesting nonetheless"

AWARDS: Co-recipient, with Leslie Johnstone, of Eve Savory Award for Science Communication from the BC Innovation Council, 2006

Science writers Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone were short-listed for the 2009 American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science Book and Films-Subaru Prize for Excellence in Science Books for their book, The Ultimate Guide to Your Microscope (Sterling 2008). It was the second time the writing team was short-listed for an award in the category of Hands-on Science/Activity Book. Levine and Johnstone were the 2006 winners of the Eve Savory Award for Science Communication from the BC Innovation Council.

It’s a common misconception that marine creatures like fish, shrimp and seahorses live silently in the sea. But these water-dwellers actually make “some of the most interesting sounds you’ve never heard.” In What Sound Does a Seahorse Make? (Ronsdale, 2015), readers will learn more about these critters and can scan QR codes to access audio and video recordings of the surprising noises they make. Also included are interactive science projects that illustrate various aspects of sound, such as waves and frequencies.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

List of Books by Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone

1. Silly Science, 1995, John Wiley and Sons, New York ISBN 0-471-11013-2

2. Everyday Science, 1995, John Wiley and Sons, New York ISBN 0-471-11014-0

3. Science Around the World, 1996, John Wiley and Sons, New York ISBN 0-471-11916-4

4. The Microscope Book, 1996, Sterling Publishing Co. Ltd., New York ISBN 0-8069-4898-1

5. The Magnets Book, 1997, Sterling Publishing Co. Ltd., New York ISBN 0-8069-9943-8

6. Fun with your Microscope, 1998, Sterling Publishing Co. Ltd., New York ISBN 0-8069-9945-4 - retitled, same ISBN

7. The Optics Book, 1998, Sterling Publishing Co. Ltd., New York ISBN 0-8069-9947-0

8. 3-D Lungs and Microtongues, 1999, Somerville House Books Ltd., Toronto ISBN 1-58184-060-8 (with Dr. Elaine Humphrey) - out of print

9. 3-D Bees and Microfleas, 1999, Somerville House Books Ltd., Toronto ISBN 1-894042-18-2
(with Dr. Elaine Humphrey) - out of print

10. Megadome Chemistry Chamber Instructions book, Wild Planet Toys, San Francisco- ISBN- 0-96723680-0

11. Shocking Science, 1999, Sterling Publishing Co. Ltd., New York ISBN 0-8069-3946-X

12. Quick-but-great Science Fair Projects, 2000, Sterling Publishing Co. Ltd., New York ISBN 0-8069-5939-8

13. The Science of Sound and Music, 2000, Sterling Publishing Co. Ltd., New York ISBN 0-8069-7183-5

14. Blast Off, a Rocket Science kit and book, 2000, becker & mayer!, Kirkland WA

15. Solar Oven, 2000, becker & mayer!, Kirkland WA

16. Its my world, you just live on it 2000, becker & mayer!, Kirkland WA

17. Bathtub Science, 2000, Sterling Publishing Co. Ltd., New York ISBN 0-8069-7185-1
18. The Incredible Secret Formula Book, 2001, Troll, becker & mayer!,Kirkland WA ISBN 0-8167-7011-5

19. Build your own TV remote control, 2001, becker&mayer!, Kirkland WA

20. Incredible Ice Cream Machine, 2001, becker&mayer!, Kirkland WA, ISBN 0-439-39616-6

21. Build your own Spyscope, 2002, becker&mayer!, Kirkland WA 1-57145-730-5

22. First Science Series - Super Senses, 2002, Sterling Publishing Co. Ltd., New York ISBN 0-8069-7247-5

23. First Science Series - Wonderful Weather,2002, Sterling Publishing Co. Ltd., New
York ISBN 0-8069-7247

24. The Ultimate Bubble Book 2003, Sterling Publishing Co. Ltd., New York ISBN1-
4027-0042-3

25. Kitchen Science, 2003, Sterling Publishing Co. Ltd, New York, ISBN-1-4027-0332-5

26- First Science - Mighty Machines, Sterling Pub. 2004

27. First Science - Nifty Nature, Sterling Pub. 2004

28. Backyard Science, Sterling Pub 2005

29. Sports Science, Sterling Pub. 2005

30. Build Your Own Remote Control Light Switch, becker&mayer

31 Build Your Own Portable DoorBell, becker&mayer, ( not released)

32. SkyBlades , becker&mayer, (not released)

33. Grosslab ( not released - Wild Planet)

34. First Science - (title not to be released before publication) Sterling Pub

35. First Science - (title not to be released before publication) Sterling Pub

36. 3-d Body (title to change- release date - 2005) Silver Dolphin

37. 3-d Bugs (title to change- release date - 2005) Silver Dolphin

38. 3-d Animals (title to change- release date - 2005) Silver Dolphin

Books by Shar Levine

39. Projects for a Healthy Planet, Co-author, Allison Grafton, 1991, John
Wiley and Sons, New York, ISBN 0-471-55484-7

40. Einstein's Science Parties, Co-author, Allison Grafton, 1993, John Wiley and Sons, New York. ISBN 0-471-59646-9

41. Chocolate Lover's Cookbook, Co-author, Vicki Scudamore, 1997, Sterling Publishing Co. Ltd., New York, ISBN 0-8069-4825-6

42.Marbles, A Player's Guide, Co-author, Vicki Scudamaore, 1998, Sterling Publishing Co. Ltd., New York, ISBN, 0-8069-4262-2 - retitled and re-packaged

43. Awesome Yo-Yo Tricks, Co-Author, Bob Bowden, 2000, Sterling Publishing Co. Ltd., New York, ISBN-0-8069-4468-4

44 . The Ultimate Balloon Book, Co-Author, Michael Ouchi, 2001, Sterling Publishing Co. Ltd., New York, ISBN, 0-8069-2959-6

45.WormWorld, the worm book, Somerville House , Toronto, 1997, ISBN, 1-896897-84-X

46. The Paperbook and Papermaker, Somerville House, Toronto, 1993,ISBN-0-921051-75-1

47. Extreme Balloon Tying, Co-Author, Michael Ouchi, New title, release date 2006

48. The Ultimate Guide to Your Microscope (Sterling 2008)

49. What Sound Does a Seahorse Make? (Ronsdale Press, 2015) $18.95 978-1-55380-359-1 (co-authored with Leslie Johnstone and Aran Mooney)


Translations of books coauthored with Shar Levine

Cienca con todo, Albatros, ISBN 950-24-0746-6

Cienca Magica, Albatros, ISBN 950-24-0747-4

Ecociencia, Albatros, (co-author, Allison Grafton) ISBN950-24-0745-8

The Ultimate Balloon Book - Russian

Projects for a Healthy Planet- Korean

Projects for a Healthy Planet - Portuguese

The Ultimate Balloon Book - French

The Ultimate Balloon Book - Dutch

[BCBW 2015] "Kidlit"

Shocking Science: Fun & Fascinating Electrical Experiments (Sterling $29.95) & Quick-But-Great Science Fair Projects (Sterling $29.95)
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With 18 titles listed on her www.sciencelady.com website, Shar Levine is one of the province’s topselling authors. A go-getter who doesn’t enjoy writing, Levine has been a columnist for Business in Vancouver, a ‘consumer expert’ for VTV and an active member of CWILL, the Children’s Writers and Illustrators network in B.C.

Unhappy in her jobs as a personnel manager for the City of Calgary and as a representative for a major B.C. trade union, Shar Levine opened a science store for kids in Vancouver called Einstein’s in 1987. At the back of her store she taught hands-on science. When a head honcho of a publishing company came to Einstein’s to get her feedback, Levine explained why she could make better science books for kids than those that were on her shelves.

It helps to be a former union negotiator. “Convinced by my bravado,” she says, the publishing company gave her a contract. She co-authored Projects for a Healthy Planet and Einstein’s Science Parties with Sue Grafton, then she developed a lucrative writing partnership with high school teacher Leslie Johnstone. “If you want to be a writer,” she says, “you don’t necessarily have to go to journalism school. What you need is to be bright, articulate and most importantly you need to get to know the right people.”

Levine’s three latest titles include a volume about yo-yo tricks, plus Shocking Science: Fun & Fascinating Electrical Experiments (Sterling $29.95), Quick-But-Great Science Fair Projects (Sterling $29.95), both co-written with Leslie Johnstone, who Levine says is one of the most popular instructors at Point Grey High School. “The fact that she is a major babe and an easy marker also contributes to her reputation,” says Levine.

As the creator of Einstein’s, a Mecca for kids who love science, Levine has clearly devised her own theory of relativity. Success is relative to promotion. She was one of several dozen children’s writers who participated in the second annual collective launch of new children’s books from B.C. on May 8th at the Vancouver Public Library. For info, contact 736-2107.

Shocking 0-8069-3946-X; Projects 0-8069-5939-8

[BCBW SUMMER 2000]


Chocolate Lover's Cookbook (Sterling $14.95)
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Vancouverites Shar Levine and Vicki Scudamore were surprised to learn their publisher was calling their new book Chocolate Lover's Cookbook (Sterling $14.95), as several books already bore the same title. If they had to share a title, the authors thought, why not War and Peace? Levine and Scudamore, best known for their science books for kids, cover the science of chocolate as well as recipes, tips and trivia. Accordingly, we learn Chocolate Brownie Fruit Pizza is the most requested dessert by movie stars who stay at Vancouver's Sutton Place Hotel.

[BCBW 1997]