DISCOVERING LIFE’S STORY – Joy Hakim – Unlock Life Science!

A must-read that will captivate you completely.

By Joy Hakim ‧ RELEASE DATE: Sept. 12, 2023

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This book offers an engaging and accessible history of life science, focusing on the Western world but also touching on discoveries from other regions. Written for teens, it explores the fascinating story of life science as it was discovered throughout the ages. Each of the 12 chapters features two or more scientists from a particular era, and the narrative weaves together the stories of their discoveries, how they made them, and their impacts on human society. The text encourages readers to develop their own critical thinking skills by connecting seemingly disparate events, such as the invention of the printing press to the rise of literacy.

Written in the present tense, the book draws readers into the story. While most of the scientists featured are white men who had the privilege and wealth to pursue higher education, the author does highlight some women and Onesimus, an African man enslaved by Cotton Mather, for their contributions. Sidebars are used to further highlight their achievements. The narrative is enhanced by many photos, contemporaneous drawings, and portraits. This well-researched, well-designed, and informatively written book is sure to captivate readers.

Pub Date: Sept. 12, 2023
ISBN: 9781536222937

Page Count: 192
Publisher: MITeen Press/Candlewick

Review Posted Online: June 21, 2023
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2023