Grand Escape: Greatest Prison Breakout of the Twentieth Century
***Three starred reviews!***
Illustrated throughout with incredible photographs and published on the 100th anniversary of the Holzminden escape!
At the height of World War I, as battles raged in the trenches and in the air, another struggle for survival was being waged in the most notorious POW camp in all of Germany: Holzminden. A landlocked Alcatraz of sorts, it was home to the most troublesome Allied prisoners — and the most talented at escape. The Grand Escape tells the remarkable tale of a band of pilots who pulled off an ingenious plan and made it out of enemy territory in the biggest breakout of WWI, inspiring their countrymen in the darkest hours of the war.
Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World
“Inspiring profiles of six 20th-century trailblazers.”—Kirkus Reviews
Super Women celebrates the scientific as well as the social significance of six incredible women who broke new ground with their research, busted through glass ceilings with their careers, and advanced humanity’s understanding of our world in the process. These amazing women defied prejudice to succeed in the sciences using genius, ambition, and perseverance:
Katherine Coleman Johnson, a mathematician who calculated trajectories for NASA flights and is one of the women showcased in the award-winning feature film, Hidden Figures
Eugenie Clark, an ichthyologist who swam with sharks
Marie Tharp, a cartographer who mapped the ocean floor
Florence Hawley Ellis, an anthropologist of Pueblo cultures who pioneered tree-ring dating
Gertrude Elion, a Noble Prize-winning pharmacologist who developed treatments for leukemia and AIDS
Margaret Burbidge, an astrophysicist who formulated a theory of quasars and helped create the Hubble telescope
ALA Notable Book author Laurie Lawlor deftly paints portraits of each of these pioneers who refused to take no for an answer, pursuing their passions through fieldwork, observations, laboratories, and research vessels in the face of sexism. This diverse group of women, all with awe-inspiring accomplishments, were active mentors and determined people who wouldn’t take no for an answer.
The beautifully written book includes key photographs, a glossary, and source notes—and is truly an important book for our time.
A 2018 NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12!