Monday, January 28, 2013

Mrs. Ripp Reviews Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

I had heard about this book and seen it mentioned around various blogs as they discussed possible contenders for many prestigious book awards including the National Book Awards.  Yet, how exciting could a book be that explained how the atomic bomb was built?  Well, it turns out that the book could be incredibly exciting!  I received this book on a Saturday morning and had finished it by the next morning, eager to bring it into the hands of several of my students.  The author, Steve Sheinkin, has done an incredible amount of research but also then spent the same amount of time making sure that this text is exciting and fun to read.  Not just a dull retelling of how the atomic bomb came to be but a story that reveals just what the stakes were and the innermost thoughts of those involved.  I could not believe how well written this book is and am happy to recommend it to any reader.

From Amazon:

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.

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