Mr. and Mrs. Sklodowski are teachers that live in Warsaw with their children, Zofie, Jozio, Bronya, and Hela. During the winter of 1867, their fifth child is born – a girl they call Marya. As Marya grew, her family notices she is something special.
“A quest for light” follows the life of Marie Curie, born in Soviet-occupied Poland and eventually becoming one of the most prolific scientists of our time. The book is originally published in Danish, but is also available in English and soon to be French and Spanish.
Why should I read this book?
The graphic novel deviates from a traditional art format to bring gorgeous art closer to that seen in a picture book. The story is well told and vibrant of the struggles of a women ascending in science at the time, especially from an impoverished Eastern European country.
Who is this book best for?
The book is very accessible for young readers (elementary and middle) so doesn’t go deep into any scientific concepts. Young women may be interested in this book as Marie Curie is one of the top female scientists to have ever lived.
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