The Woman Who Split the Atom: The Life of Lise Meitner


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$19.99  $18.59
Abrams Books for Young Readers
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5.4 X 8.1 X 1.1 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Marissa Moss has written more than 70 children's books. She is the bestselling author-illustrator of the Amelia's Notebook series and illustrator of The Eye That Never Sleeps, America's Tea Parties, Barbed Wire Baseball, and Nurse, Soldier, Spy. Her awards include two California Book Awards, a Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Award Honor, an NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, an ALA Notable, and the Cowan Writer's Prize. She lives in Berkeley, California.


"Moss' approach to this biography is notable in several ways, from the organization of facts into a very readable narrative to surprisingly clear explanations of Meitner's scientific work and its significance. Even the back matter is uncommonly useful."-- "Booklist"

"A scorching profile of a brilliant physicist whose proper re cognition was long delayed thanks to sexism, antisemitism, and personal betrayal. . .A bright tale of a life dedicated to science, well stocked with dramatic moments and discoveries."

-- "Kirkus Reviews"

"Moss's engagingly illustrated panels begin each chapter, bolstering the narrative by offering a direct emotional connection to Meitner's work and thoughts. Short, easily digestible chapters capture a little-known pioneer in her field caught in dangerous times, and address nuclear implications that still resonate today."

-- "Publishers Weekly"
"A brief comic book style episode introduces each chapter making an effective attention-grabber and a boon to report writers."-- "The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"
"Moss presents a spectacular story of history, science, and women's struggle for respect through the narrative of Meitner's life. The writing style is captivating and the book is a quick page-turner." -- "School Library Journal"
"Absorbing and well-paced. . .Moss provides readers with comprehensible descriptions of her subject's scientific work." -- "The Horn Book Magazine"