Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal-the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon
By Steve Sheinkin
New York: Roaring Book Press, 2012.
Grades 6 and Up
This award winning book lived up to all the accolades it has received. It is a Newbery Honor Book, National Book Award Finalist, and Sibert Medal Winner to name a few! I found this book interesting, engaging and totally enjoyable non-fiction novel! It reads like fiction but Steve Sheinkin, the author, does a masterful job of making this book come alive. This is a story of how the atom bomb was made in the U.S., who all the players were, how badly other countries wanted this same technology, the roles that spies and sympathizers played, and the greater meaning of what the bomb meant once it was unleashed against Japan.
I spent time reading through the source notes and the quotation notes to see how Sheinkin constructed such a gripping piece of non-fiction. It is rich in content and gives excellent facts but the most important piece for me was how thought provoking it was. The means of how far a country might go to steal, destroy or deceive in order to have the “upper hand” or the remorse that some had in creating a device that can wipe out humankind. It is a story that is so very relevant to today—perhaps it should be a required read for schools.