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Bomb

Bomb

The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

Steve Sheinkin

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The true story of the race to create the most dangerous weapon in historyperfect for middle grade readers and history enthusiasts

In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents.

In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

Bomb is an acclaimed nonfiction book from award-winning author Steve Sheinkin.

A 2012 National Book Awards finalist for Young People's Literature
A 2012 Washington Post
A Best Kids Books of the Year title
A 2013 Newbery Honor book

Praise for Bomb:

“This superb and exciting work of nonfiction would be a fine tonic for any jaded adolescent who thinks history is "boring." It's also an excellent primer for adult readers who may have forgotten, or never learned, the remarkable story of how nuclear weaponry was first imagined, invented and deployed—and of how an international arms race began well before there was such a thing as an atomic bomb.” —The Wall Street Journal

“This is edge-of-the seat material that will resonate with YAs who clamor for true spy stories, and it will undoubtedly engross a cross-market audience of adults who dozed through the World War II unit in high school.” —The Bulletin, starred review

“[R]eads like an international spy thriller, and that's the beauty of it.” —School Library Journal, starred review

By Steve Sheinkin:

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
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Maine Cream of the Crop Master List, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Maser List, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML, Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Choice Award Master List, Virginia Jefferson Cup Winner (Older Readers), Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award Master List, South Carolina Children's Book Award ML, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award ML, Tri-State Reviews Committee Books of Note - Master List, Maine Student Book Award Master List, South Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, Iowa Teen Award Master List, Kansas William Allen White Award Master List, YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Winner, Robert F. Sibert Award - Medal, Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Maste, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, TN Volunteer State Book Award Primary ML, Washington Post Best Books of the Year, Oklahoma Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award Master List, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, Newbery Honor Book, National Book Awards Finalist, Oklahoma Sequoyah YA Book Award ML, Illinois Rebecca Caudill YR Choice Award ML, OR Battle of the Books Master List

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HARRY GOLD WAS RIGHT: This is a big story. It's the story of the creation—and theft—of the deadliest weapon ever invented. The scenes speed around the world, from secret labs to commando raids to street-corner...

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Praise for Bomb

“This superb and exciting work of nonfiction would be a fine tonic for any jaded adolescent who thinks history is "boring." It's also an excellent primer for adult readers who may have forgotten, or never learned, the remarkable story of how nuclear weaponry was first imagined, invented and deployed--and of how an international arms race began well before there was such a thing as an atomic bomb.” —The Wall Street Journal

“A must-read…” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A superb tale of an era and an effort that forever changed our world.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“[a] complicated thriller that intercuts action with the deftness of a Hollywood blockbuster.” —Booklist

“...reads like an international spy thriller, and that's the beauty of it.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“This is edge-of-the seat material that will resonate with YAs who clamor for true spy stories, and it will undoubtedly engross a cross-market audience of adults who dozed through the World War II unit in high school.” —Bulletin of the Center of Children’s Books, starred review

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About the author

Steve Sheinkin

Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of several fascinating books on American history, including The Notorious Benedict Arnold, which won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction. His recent book Bomb was a Newbery Honor Book, National Book Award finalist, and winner of the Sibert Award as well as theYALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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