I love books that distill complicated scientific processes and concepts into something that the average reader can understand. If they are compelling and engaging, so much the better! Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon (Roaring Brook/Flashpoint 2012) by Steve Sheinkin is just such a book.
Full of gripping accounts of espionage, wartime heroics, and scientific breakthroughs, Bomb also explains the properties of Uranium 235, the phenomenon of heavy water, and the science of nuclear fission and chain reactions. In addition to scientific principles, Bomb examines the nature and workings of the worldwide scientific community, as well as the more personal process of collaborative experimentation and discovery. Even those without an interest in science will find Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon to be a fascinating account of a major milestone in science and history – one that has forever shaped the world we live in. Both the print and audio versions are sure to inspire further interest in the science of nuclear power.
Accolades for Bomb include:
- National Book Award Finalist
- Robert F. Sibert Medal
- YALSA Award for Nonfiction
- Newbery Honor
- New York Times Bestseller
- My starred review of Bomb (the audiobook version) as it appeared in the July, 2013, edition of School Library Journal.
For a modern look at the legacy of nuclear power, Fred Bortz’s Meltdown! The Nuclear Disaster in Japan and Our Energy Future is another well-done scientific, nonfiction, narrative for young readers.
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