Spring 2017

The Invention of the Atomic Bomb

 
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Gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the invention of the atomic bomb. Additional features include a table of contents, a Fast Facts spread, critical-thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, an index, and sources for further research.

Table of Contents

  • Fast Facts and Timeline
  • A Dangerous Discovery
  • Research for the War Effort
  • A Secret Laboratory
  • A Fireball in the Desert
  • The Atomic Age
  • Think About It
  • Glossary
  • Source Notes
  • To Learn More
  • Index

Details

Specifications

Leveling

  • Suggested Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 4
  • Guided Reading Level: X
  • ATOS Reading Level: 5.2
  • ATOS Interest Level: MG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 187490
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects

Reviews

A Review of "Engineering that Made America" in School Library Journal

Some engineering feats are so deeply woven into the fabric of the United States that it is hard to imagine a time when they were only an idea, a vision. This series explores the histories of various engineering marvels from their inception to the present day. Each title begins with a page of ‘Fast Facts,’ where a half-dozen key points such as location, size, purpose, and cost are listed. A page with a time line comes next, followed by the main content. The writing is substantive and engaging. Interspersed among solid answers to the wheres and hows are stories about some of the people involved. For instance, in Golden Gate Bridge, readers learn that a safety net for construction workers cost $100,000 to install. The author adds a human element by describing how one worker, Al Zampa, was saved by the net after he fell from a steel beam. The illustrations are amazing, especially photographs of the construction process. One image, for example, depicts workers standing outside a diversion tunnel in the Hoover Dam, who are tiny compared to the tunnel—a vivid reminder of the enormity of the project. VERDICT Top-notch selections for upper elementary collections.

Contributors

Author: Clara MacCarald

Clara MacCarald is a freelance writer with a master's degree in biology. She lives with her family in an off-grid house nestled in the forests of central New York. When not parenting her daughter, she spends her time writing nonfiction books for kids.

 

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