In YA Book Reviews on October 6, 2013 at 3:22 am


by Steve Sheinkin

Historical Non-Fiction/ ©2012/266 pages/Recommended for 6th grade and above*

Publisher’s Blurb (from Goodreads):

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.

 My Thoughts:

This book about the creation of the atomic bomb is highly informative, incredibly interesting, truly thought provoking, and full of intrigue. I could not put it down. It was definitely more than I was expecting from a non-fiction book. The book is well researched and well written, and includes comprehensive primary resource information, as well as pictures that add detail and interest. It gives clear information about the science involved, as well as insights into the minds of many of the people involved in the process and the decisions made. I found this all very enlightening. It rocked my world and readjusted what I thought I knew. The book ends very powerfully, with the author speaking directly to the reader. This is a book that will stay with you long after you have put it down.

My Rating: 5/5

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