Books by Larry

Murder in Wisconsin: The Clara Olson Case.

            It reads like a novel, but it’s the true story of romance and courtship, intrigue and murder set among the hills of southwestern Wisconsin in 1926. Clara Olson, a pretty, devout Norwegian Lutheran farm girl meets Erdman Olson, a handsome, suave, smooth-talking college lad at a church picnic. They date for 18 months. When she finds herself in a family way and dreams of marriage, he promises her a wedding, and they plan a secret elopement. However, when Clara instead disappears, a search ensues and is resolved by the chance discovery of her hidden grave. The whole country is ultimately horrified by the shocking details of the tragic betrayal and murder.  It’s all here, laid out in suspenseful detail; the inquest, the funeral, and the subsequent search for her killer.  Murder in Wisconsin is a mesmerizing account of true crime at its worst.


I’ve Always Wondered About That: 101 Questions and Answers About Science and Other Stuff

Entertaining and educational, this book applies science to phenomena that are part of our everyday lives with questions and answers that appeal both to science nerds and those who never made it through high school chemistry class. Hypothetical, irreverent, and quirky questions—the kind you think of when driving down the road, mowing the lawn, or contemplating a sunset—are answered here with wit and wisdom.

Is time travel possible? Why was Abraham Lincoln so ugly? Is Bigfoot real? If you are in an elevator that falls, can you save yourself by jumping up just before it hits bottom?  Do fish drink water? If you hit a golf ball on the moon, how far will it go?

Questions you’ve always wondered about but never raised your hand in science class to ask are answered here with explanations free of scientific jargon or technical language. It tackles questions on the fringes of science, incorporates the latest scientific breakthrough, and brings a multi-disciplinary approach to discovery: anatomy, astrology, biology, chemistry, food science, geology, math, meteorology, music, physics, technology and zoology. Award-winning science teacher and longtime newspaper columnist, Larry Scheckel delights curious readers and sparks their scientific curiosity.

I’ve Always Wondered About That provides answers to 200 questions asked by his students and devoted readers about things many of us wonder. Experiments and activities involve readers in scientific exploration of the world around them. Amazing facts, marvels of science, humor, fascinating and fun for young and old .

Seneca Seasons: A Farm Boy Remembers

In Seneca Seasons, Larry Scheckel takes us to his boyhood days, growing up with12 frontcover eight siblings on the family farm in the hill country of southwestern Wisconsin. With both humor and grace, he shares his memories of seasonal farm life and the one-room country school out on Oak Grove Ridge, which was the social heart of the community, from the basket social to the Christmas program and the end-of-the-year school picnic. Join Scheckel on his nostalgic and evocative journey back to a simpler time when life revolved around family, farm, Church, and seasons.

Fun and fascinating science is everywhere, and it’s a cinch to learn—just ask a science teacher!

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We’ve all grown so used to living in a world filled with wonders that we sometimes forget to wonder about them: What creates the wind? Do fish sleep? Why do we blink? These are common phenomena, but it’s a rare person who really knows the answers—do you?

All too often, the explanations remain shrouded in mystery—or behind a haze of technical language. For those of us who should have raised our hands in science class but didn’t, Larry Scheckel comes to the rescue. An award-winning science teacher and longtime columnist for his local newspaper, Scheckel is a master explainer with a trove of knowledge. Just ask the students and devoted readers who have spent years trying to stump him!

In Ask a Science Teacher, Scheckel collects 250 of his favorite Q&As. Like the best teachers, he writes so that kids can understand, but he doesn’t water things down—he’ll satisfy even the most inquisitive minds. Topics include:

 The Human Body · Earth Science · Astronomy · Chemistry · Physics · Technology · Zoology · Music · 

 With refreshingly uncomplicated explanations, Ask a Science Teacher is sure to resolve the everyday mysteries you’ve always wondered about. You’ll learn how planes really fly, why the Earth is round, how microwaves heat food, and much more—before you know it, all your friends will be asking you!

 LARRY SCHECKEL taught high school physics and aerospace science for over 38 years. A three-time Tomah (Wisconsin) Teacher of the Year and six-time Presidential Awardee at the state level, Scheckel has shared science with thousands of adults and students in presentations at dozens of venues beyond the classroom including Boys and Girls clubs, Rotary clubs, children’s museums, and conventions. He lives with his wife, Ann, in Tomah, Wisconsin.


Curiosity stirs the soul of every human. Can a person drink too much water?  How does gravity make things fall? Why do sunflowers always face the sun. What about a man flying with wings? How big would those wings have to be? How tall can a human grow? Why are tennis balls fuzzy? What does Einstein’s famous equation really mean? Why can’t we invent a time machine? Do aliens live among us? What is heavy water? Why is it quiet after a snowfall? Why do dogs drool? How risky is driving a car? Mysteries lurk in our house, our body, the outdoors, in the heavens, and the universe. Over 250 “I always wondered about that” questions and answers are in this book.

Larry Scheckel has taught high school science for over 38 years and writes a weekly science column for the local newspaper. Known as Mr. Science, Larry Scheckel has given science presentations to thousands of children and adults across the United States. He has been a “full house” presenter at conventions and science seminars. Mr. Science has thrilled audiences for over 35 years with amazing science demonstrations to audiences from kindergarten to adults.









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