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Roaring Brook Press
On Sale: 09/04/2012
ISBN: 9781596438613272 Pages, Ages 10-14
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 a 2012 National Book Awards finalist for Young People's Literature.
Bomb is a 2012 Washington Post Best Kids Books of the Year title.
Bomb is a 2013 Newbery Honor book.
Tri-State Reviews Committee Books of Note - Master List, Iowa Teen Award Master List, Washington Post Best Books of the Year, NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade , Robert F. Sibert Award - Medal, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML, TN Volunteer State Book Award Primary ML, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award Master List, Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Maste , Maine Cream of the Crop Master List, Virginia Jefferson Cup Winner (Older Readers), Newbery Honor Book, OR Battle of the Books Master List, Oklahoma Sequoyah YA Book Award ML, Kansas William Allen White Award Master List, National Book Awards Finalist, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Winner, Illinois Rebecca Caudill YR Choice Award ML, South Carolina Children's Book Award ML, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Maine Student Book Award Master List, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award ML
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
“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.” —BCCB, starred
“...reads like an international spy thriller, and that's the beauty of it.” —School Library Journal, starred
“[a] complicated thriller that intercuts action with the deftness of a Hollywood blockbuster.” —Booklist
“A must-read…” —Publishers Weekly, starred
“A superb tale of an era and an effort that forever changed our world.” —Kirkus, starred
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