Grasping Mysteries: Girls Who Loved Math

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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5.6 X 8.3 X 1.3 inches | 0.83 pounds

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About the Author
Jeannine Atkins is the author of several books for young readers about courageous women, including Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science, Grasping Mysteries: Girls Who Loved Math, Stone Mirrors: The Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis, and Borrowed Names: Poems about Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C.J. Walker, Marie Curie, and Their Daughters. Jeannine teaches writing for children and young adults at Simmons University. She lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at
"Presented chronologically in engaging verse with a feminist tone, the text artfully weaves scientific data and history with imagined 'dialogue and sensory detail based on what's known about the time, places, and questions' of these remarkable math mavens. . . . Thoroughly researched, creatively presented, inspiring real-life role models for girls who love math."--Kirkus Reviews
"Written in free verse, the text is welcoming, informative, pithy, wry, very readable, and occasionally haunting. . . A heartening celebration of mathematically gifted women." --Booklist
"Although longer biographical works are seldom grist for readalouds, Atkins' respect for the particularities of each life manifests in the image-rich poetry that recommends itself to oral presentation. . . This is a must-buy for STEAM collections."--BCCB
"Astute and richly detailed, Atkins's free-verse biographies address head-on the challenges . . . that these passionate and determined trailblazers overcame." --Horn Book Magazine