Written By: Winifred Conkling
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers (January 5, 2016)
I received a copy from the Publisher to review for the Cybils Awards
The first thing I want you to know is that you should push through chapter one. It’s full of the science you’ll need to understand to fully grasp the scientific discoveries by Irene and Lise. Or you can skip chapter one and read it at the end of the book. Chapter two jumps the reader right into the story, and you can go back at any time and read the first chapter after you are involved in the story.
I’ll admit I knew nothing about this subject other than vaguely remembering the name Marie Curie and something about radioactivity and dying from her experiments.
This book cleared up the entire sequence of discoveries and the events surrounding them. It certainly wasn’t easy to be a woman scientist during those years (there is a handy timeline included in the glossary) We like to record historical events on our own timeline as part of our history studies.
These ladies got pushback from other scientists, doctors, and even the Nazis. Several times I felt an overwhelming sense frustration on their behalf. Imagine having an x-ray machine and watching a man suffer because the doctor didn’t want to try using it?
Or having to escape the Nazis when your Austrian passport is suddenly invalid and they’ve decided you are Jewish?
Pick this one up at the library and read the rest.