Three new students at Edmonds University receive a secret code leading to an invitation to join the Curie Society. Through collaboration and application of their unique expertise, they help leaders of this group to foil an evil plot. The book does an excellent job of demonstrating growth mindset (e.g., learning through making mistakes) and the power of collaboration.

Why should I read this book?

Students will find a diverse set of protagonists to get inspired by, and find themselves lost in the story. There is also an impressive index of complex terms.

Who is this book best for?

This is an excellent cross-section of many disciplines and is a good examples of why STEM is and should be interdisciplinary. Readers identifying as women or people of colour may find themselves particularly at home in the book due to good representation in protagonists and many good examples of historical diversity.

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