Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

Roaring Brook/Flash Point,
September 2012
ISBN: 978-1-59643-487-5
272 pages, b/w photos

National Book Award Finalist
Robert F. Sibert Medal
YALSA Award for Nonfiction
Newbery Honor
New York Times Bestseller
even more info, and excerpts at the publisher's website
In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned three continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.
"Suspenseful play-by-play moments will captivate, from the nuclear chain reaction test at the University of Chicago to the preparations for and dropping of the first bomb over Hiroshima... A must-read for students of history and science."
- STARRED, Publishers Weekly
"It's a true spy thriller, ranging from the football stadium at the University of Chicago to the mountains of Norway, from the deserts of New Mexico to laboratories in East Tennessee... A superb tale of an era and an effort that forever changed our world."
- STARRED, Kirkus
"As he did in The Notorious Benedict Arnold, Sheinkin has again brought his superior talent for storytelling to bear in what is truly a gripping account of discovery, espionage, and revolutionary changes in both physics and the modern world.... It reads like an international spy thriller, and that’s the beauty of it."
- STARRED, School Library Journal
"This is edge-of-the seat material that will resonate with YAs who clamor for true spy stories, and it will undoubtedly engross a cross-market audience of adults who dozed through the World War II unit in high school."
- STARRED, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Events I'll be at soon:
September 21
Princeton Children's Book Fest
Princeton, NJ
September 22
Eastern New York SCBWI Conference
Fishkill, NY
September 8
Saratoga Public Library, Saratoga, NY
September 27
Virginia Cup Luncheon
Williamsburg, VA