Bomb by Steve Sheinkin

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Do you see all the award stickers on there? Yes, this book is a good one!

I love history but given my busy schedule these days, I feel I have limited time to read. A 400+ page book about history just is not going to get read in a timely manner. A young adult book, however, is often just the thing I need!

Bomb by Steve Sheinkin (Roaring Brook Press, 2012) is just such a book. It reads like a fun novel, with spies and intrigue. The author does not shy away from the complexities of the people involved, and I love hearing the first-hand accounts of the people involved. 

Bomb is about “the race to build — and steal — the world’s most dangerous weapon.” The history of the atomic bomb has always been a mystery to me. Only due to Something about New Mexico and then, of course, the Enola Gay and Hiroshima. Other than that, my knowledge was limited. This book combined the history of the American scientists’ experiments with the Russian spies infiltrated in their midst as well as attempts by some Scandinavian scientists to slow down the German’s development of the atomic bomb by sabotaging a plant.

Why would someone steal the secrets of the atomic bomb and give it to Russia? Why was Los Alamos, a research and testing site in New Mexico, so highly classified? What did scientist Oppenheimer think about the entire project once he saw the deadly power of the Atomic Bomb? It was all so fascinating to me. If you too, want to know history at a basic level, Bomb is the book to read.

Reviewed on September 7, 2014

About the author 

Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

  • I wish there were more nonfiction like this for kids and young adults! I always wanted books like this when I was younger, but they were hard to find, and I ended up reading — or more often, abandoning — adult nonfiction on the topics I’d wanted to read about.

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