Reviewed by CBC Reviewer
This intriguing story about the race to build the atomic bomb will challenge secondary readers but keep them "glued to their seats" as well. As Soviet spies worked their way into the American scientific community, in Norway, a commando force slips behind enemy lines to attack German heavy–water manufacturing. Americans know they must proceed with one of the most significant and high–pressure research efforts in our history. As a group of scientists is hidden away at Los Alamos, the story describes risk–taking and deceit, perseverance and genius.
This NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Book reads like an international spy thriller, grabbing the attention of young adults with details of the espionage that surrounded the development of the bomb. Bomb was also named a 2012 National Book Awards finalist for Young People’s Literature. For more science background on the Manhattan Project, those who enjoy this book might also explore another NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Book, Joy Hakim's The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension.
Review posted on 1/14/2013