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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sara Latta  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children;

Born: 1960 in Harper, Kansas

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Illinois Connection

Latta lived in Champaign for over 20 years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sara Latta has a Master's degree in Immunology and began writing about science and medicine. In 2006, she took her writing a step further by earning a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, with an emphasis on Writing for Young People. While living in Champaign, Illinois, she was an adjunct professor of English at Richland Community College in Decatur, and wrote a YA book recommendation column for the Champaign ''News-Gazette''. Latta currently resides in New York City.

Published Works

  • Allergies, Enslow, 1998
  • Food Poisoning and Foodborne Diseases, Enslow, 1999
  • Dealing With The Death of A Loved One, Chelsea House Publishers, 2002
  • What Happens In Winter, Enslow, 2006
  • What Happens In Spring, Enslow, 2006
  • What Happens In Summer, Enslow, 2006
  • What Happens In Fall,Enslow, 2006
  • Stella Brite And The Dark Matter Mystery, Charlesbridge, 2006
  • The Good, The Bad, The Slimey; The Secret Life of Microbes, Enslow, 2006
  • Lava Scientist: Careers on the Edge of Volcanoes, Enslow, 2009
  • Ice Scientist: Careers in the Frozen Antarctic, Enslow, 2009
  • Cybercrime: Data Trails Do Tell Tales, Enslow, 2011
  • Bones: Dead People Do Tell Tales, Enslow, 2011
  • DNA and Blood: Dead People Do Tell Tales, Enslow, 2011
  • Who Invented Basketball? James Naismith, Enslow, 2012
  • Who Fixed Babies' Hearts? Vivien Thomas, Enslow, 2012
  • Who Invented the Ferris Wheel? George Ferris, Enslow, 2012
  • Keep Out!: Invasive Species, Edge, 2013
  • Microwave Man: Percy Spencer and His Sizzling Invention, Enslow, 2014
  • The Woman Who Invented Windshield Wipers: Mary Anderson and Her Wonderful Invention, Enslow, 2014
  • Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know About 50 Famous Phobias, Zest Books, 2014
  • Positive Reaction!: A Crash Course in Science, Capstone Press, 2014
  • Investigate Steroids and Performance Drugs, Enslow, 2014
  • Polar Scientists, Enslow, 2015
  • What You Can Do about Allergies, Enslow, 2015
  • All About Earth: Exploring the Planet with Science Projects, Capstone Press, 2015
  • Medical Serial Killers, Enslow, 2016
  • Smash!: Exploring the Mysteries of the Universe with the Large Hadron Collider'', Graphic Universe, 2017

Selected Titles At Your Library

Allergies /
ISBN: 0766010481. OCLC Number:

Enslow Publishers,. Springfield, NJ :. ©1998.

Explores the history of information about allergies and discusses symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, and treatments.

Food poisoning and foodborne diseases /
ISBN: 0766011836. OCLC Number:

Enslow Publishers,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©1999.

Examines food poisoning and foodborne diseases, discussing their history, symptoms, effects, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Dealing with the loss of a loved one /
ISBN: 0791069559. OCLC Number:

Chelsea House,. Philadelphia, Pa. :. ©2003.

Provides real-life examples of ways that young people and their families deal with grief.

What happens in winter? /
ISBN: 0766024180. OCLC Number:

Enslow Publishers,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2006.

Colorfully illustrated explanation of various aspects of winter and how it affects people, plants, and animals.

What happens in spring? /
ISBN: 0766024199. OCLC Number:

Enslow Elementary,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2006.

Explains when spring starts, why the weather gets warmer, why animals have babies in the spring, and more.

What happens in summer? /
ISBN: 0766024164. OCLC Number:

Enslow Elementary,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2006.

Learn the answers to many questions about the characteristics of the summer season.

What happens in fall? /
ISBN: 0766024172. OCLC Number:

Enslow Elementary,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2006.

Simple text and colorful photographs identify things associated with autumn.

Stella Brite and the dark matter mystery /
ISBN: 157091883x. OCLC Number:

Charlesbridge,. Watertown, MA :. ©2006.

Stella and her brother Max, of the Brite and Brite Detective Agency, put the mystery of Mayor Pickle's missing Pekingese on hold as they join the astronomy club in researching the problem of invisible dark matter in the universe.

The good, the bad, the slimy :
ISBN: 0766012948. OCLC Number:

Enslow Publishers,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2006.

Explains how microbes live in and on our bodies, help make food, live in extreme environments, and even change history.

Lava scientist :
ISBN: 0766030490. OCLC Number:

Enslow Publishers,. Berkeley Heights, N.J. :. ©2009.

"Explores careers in volcano science using examples of real-life scientists"--Provided by publisher.

Ice scientist :
ISBN: 0766030482. OCLC Number:

Enslow Publishers,. Berkeley Heights, N.J. :. ©2009.

"Explores different careers in the Antarctic using examples of real scientists in the field"--Provided by publisher.

Cybercrime :
ISBN: 1598453610. OCLC Number:

Enslow Publishers,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2012.

"Read about this history of cybercrime, and learn about the different types of scams--from phising to spam to hacking--that take place on the internet"--Provided by publisher.

Bones :
ISBN: 0766036693. OCLC Number:

Enslow Publishers,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2012.

"Uses true crime stories to explain the science of forensics and physical anthropology"--Provided by publisher.

DNA and blood :
ISBN: 1598453629. OCLC Number:

Enslow Publishers,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2012.

"Learn how blood and DNA are used to solve crimes, with real cases as examples"--Provided by publisher.

Who invented basketball? James Naismith /
ISBN: 1464401314. OCLC Number:

Enslow Publishers,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2012.

"Find out about James Naismith--the man who invented basketball"--

Who fixed babies' hearts? Vivien Thomas /
ISBN: 1464401306. OCLC Number:

Enslow Elementary,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2012.

"Read about Vivien Thomas, a man who helped save lives"--

Who invented the ferris wheel? George Ferris /
ISBN: 1464401322. OCLC Number:

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"Read about George Ferris, and how he invented the ferris wheel"--

Keep out! :
ISBN: 1476501408. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. North Mankato, Minn. :. ©2014.

"A look at invasive species, including how they affect other species and what can be done to prevent them from spreading"--

Microwave man :
ISBN: 1464403457. OCLC Number:

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"Read about Percy's early life, his work with radar tubes, and find out how he invented the microwave"--Provided by publisher.

The woman who invented windshield wipers :
ISBN: 146440349X. OCLC Number:

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"Read about Mary Anderson's early life, and find out why she invented windshield wipers"--

Scared stiff :
ISBN: 1936976498. OCLC Number:

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Explains how the primal human emotion of fear can sometimes manifest in the form of extremes, describing common phobias ranging from arachnophobia to zoophobia to reveal their histories, treatments, and famous sufferers.

Positive reaction! :
ISBN: 1491407808. OCLC Number:

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"Simplifies junior high science in engaging and conversational language and offers examples and activities to show readers how the topics tie in to real life"--

Investigate steroids and performance drugs /
ISBN: 1464404232. OCLC Number:

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"Find out about the history of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs, how they work, their effects, and why people use and abuse them"--

Polar scientists :
ISBN: 0766069664. OCLC Number:

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"Discusses careers in polar science, including education, training, specialties, and salaries"--

What You Can Do About Allergies.
ISBN: 0766070301. OCLC Number:

Enslow Publishing, LLC.,. . 2015.

Almost everyone is allergic to something, it seems. What's the big deal? Just take an antihistamine and carry tissues, right? But some allergies are deadly. This text explains allergies in a way anyone can understand: what causes them, how they're treated, and what to do if you or a loved one hasan allergic reaction.

All about Earth :
ISBN: 1491448148. OCLC Number:

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"Step-by-step instructions for activities pertaining to Earth, including its rotation in space, seasons, gravity, and matter"--

Medical serial killers /
ISBN: 0766072967. OCLC Number:

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"Describes the psychology behind serial killers who used medicine as their weapon of choice"--

ISBN: 1512430706. OCLC Number:

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"Nick and Sophie, two cousins from the United States, visit the European Organization for Nuclear Research and learn about the Large Hadron Collider. Throughout their tour, they chat about the mysteries of particle physics and the building blocks of matter"--



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