This graphic novel describes the building blocks of quarks, the work of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, and other concepts like dark energy, the effect of gravity, and dark matter. The broader story depicts two cousins visiting CERN and learning about the history and background of particle physics.

Why should I read this book?

Smash! describes the building blocks of physics, providing both the history and an explanation of many of the related terms. The book could supplement an introduction to physics in middle school curriculum.

Who is this book best for?

Smash! could be used as a sequel to a lesson on atoms, and certainly went beyond my high school level physics background.

Challenge Rating: Potential Challenge

The book includes a description of the Big Bang, which (depending on the audience) may ruffle some feathers.

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