Something Out of Nothing

Marie Curie and Radium

Carla Killough McClafferty

Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR Paper

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Marie Curie’s story has fascinated and inspired young readers
decades. The poor Polish girl who worked eight years to be able
to afford to attend the Sorbonne in Paris became one of the
most important scientists of her day, winning not one but two
Nobel Prizes. Her life is a fascinating one, filled with hard work,
humanitarianism, and tragedy. Her work with her husband,
Pierre – the study of radioactivity and the discovery of the
elements radium and polonium – changed science forever. But
she is less well known for her selfless efforts during World War
to establish mobile X-ray units so that wounded French soldiers
could get better care faster. When she stood to profit greatly
from her scientific work, she chose not to, making her methods
and findings known and available to all of science. As a result,
this famous woman spent most of her life in need of money,
often to buy the very elements she discovered.

Marie Curie’s life and work are given a fresh telling, one that
also explores the larger picture of the effects of radium in world
culture, and its exploitation and sad misuse.

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Carla Killough McClafferty

CARLA KILLOUGH MCCLAFFERTY is also the author of The
Head Bone’s Connected to the Neck Bone: The Weird, Wacky, and
Wonderful X-Ray, an NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade
Book for Children. She lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Something Out of Nothing
Marie Curie and Radium
Carla Killough McClafferty

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Amelia Bloomer Project/Feminist Task Force, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, IRA Children's and Young Adults Book Award, National Science Teacher's Association-CBC, Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, Orbis Pictus Honor Book, Arkansas Charlie May Simon Master List

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR Paper
March 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374371227
ISBN10: 0374371229
Middle-Grade Nonfiction
7 x 9 inches, 144 pages, Includes black-and-white photographs, a bibliography, web sites, and an index
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 4 to 8
$16.99

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Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
March 2006
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374380366
ISBN10: 0374380368
Middle-Grade Nonfiction
7 x 9 inches, 144 pages, Includes black-and-white photographs, a bibliography, web sites, and an index
Age Range: 10 and up
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Lexile: 1050L

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