Wednesday, January 20, 2016
REVIEW: Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
This title is more than deserving of its accolades. Bomb was a 2012 finalist for the National Book Awards in Young People's Literature as well as the 2012 Washington Post Best Kids Book of the Year. It also received a 2013 Newbery Honor.
What I found most profound about this book was its writing style. Typically, non-fiction titles for any age can steer toward dry and boring prose. However, Sheinkin presents the events is an accessible, fast paced and compelling narrative format. The story-like quality has readers clamouring for more as they seek to discover the conclusion to all the plotting, risk-taking and deceit. This really is an intriguing read for grades 5 thru adult. I recommend the print book but also enjoyed the audiobook narrated by Roy Samuelson.
Final rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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