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National Book Awards Finalist
Newbery Honor Book
ISBN: 9781250050649304 Pages, Ages 10-14
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The true story of the race to create the most dangerous weapon in history—perfect 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
Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), OR Battle of the Books Master List, Illinois Rebecca Caudill YR Choice Award ML, Oklahoma Sequoyah YA Book Award ML, National Book Awards Finalist, Newbery Honor Book, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Oklahoma Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award Master List, Washington Post Best Books of the Year, TN Volunteer State Book Award Primary ML, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Maste, Robert F. Sibert Award - Medal, YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Winner, Iowa Teen Award Master List, South Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, Maine Student Book Award Master List, Tri-State Reviews Committee Books of Note - Master List, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award ML, South Carolina Children's Book Award ML, Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award Master List, Virginia Jefferson Cup Winner (Older Readers), NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade, Maine Cream of the Crop Master List, Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Choice Award Master List, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Maser List, Kansas William Allen White Award Master List
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...