Sixteen scientists. Protecting our planet. Making science more equitable.
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Scientists who collect microbes from surfers' skin, who use radar sensors to gather data miles away, who combat inequality by pushing for cleaner air policies. Each with their own story, all working to make life better for future generations.
Celebrated author Dana Alison Levy profiles 16 people, all studying different elements of the earth’s landscape, animals, and climate, who defy stereotypes of who can be a scientist. From analytical chemists to volcanologists, from global experts to recent graduates, these scientists share what they were like as young people, how they got where they are now, and what they—and the rest of us—can do to help the planet.
Based on extensive interviews and featuring infographics and personal photos, Breaking the Mold offers a snapshot of the people and organizations fighting to make science more equitable. Back matter includes advice for readers interested in science careers, DIY projects, paths to community involvement, and more.
Books for a Better Earth are designed to inspire children to become active, knowledgeable participants in caring for the planet they live on. A Chicago Public Library 'Best of the Best' Book A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
About the Author
Dana Alison Levy writes novels and nonfiction for kids and teenagers. Her books for elementary age readers, such as the Family Fletcher novels and It Wasn’t Me, received accolades from the American Library Association, Bank Street College of Education, The New York Times, NPR, and others. Her books for teens include Above All Else, which was a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection and a Bank Street Best Book, and the nonfiction anthology Allies: Real Talk About Showing Up, Screwing Up, and Trying Again, which she co-edited with Shakirah Bourne. Dana loves visiting schools and libraries, talking books and writing with audiences from twenty to two thousand. She was last seen romping with her family in New England. If you want more information, or need to report her for excessive romping, go to www.danaalisonlevy.com.
★ "This inspirational text about underrepresented folks in STEM fields is nonfiction at its best."—School Library Journal,Starred Review
"An inviting, inclusive introduction to notable figures in a critical field. . . . Ample color photos show the scientists in their work environments, and extensive sidebars explain related subjects and offer advice for readers. . . . Unusually attractive and intriguing."—Kirkus Reviews
"Levy persuasively argues for inclusion, arming readers with critical thinking skills and positive representations of intersectionally diverse innovators. . . ."—Publishers Weekly
"[A] vibrant collective biography. . . . Readers get insight into the day-to-day activities of various scientists and the included “Advice for Young People” sidebars act as a source of inspiration."—School Library Connection