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Frederick Banting and the Discovery of Insulin (Unlocking the Secrets of Science) Library Binding – August 10, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Unlocking the Secrets of Science
  • Library Binding: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers (August 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584150947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584150947
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #972,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6-10-These pedestrian biographies portray the working lives of two 20th-century scientists. Both provide clear narratives about the way the inventors progressed from initial inspirations through many false trails to eventual success, despite certain obstacles. In an apparent effort to attract readers, the authors wring every bit of drama they can from their subjects' lives. But accounts of conflicts with parents and bouts of depression will not be enough to attract students' interest. Banting was quite well known in his time, and several books have been written about his life for this audience (all are out of print). Carothers's life was not as well documented. Bankston quotes several biographies, but Gaines attributes emotional states to her subject without any documentation. Neither book lists sources. Graphically, both titles are very ordinary, with large blocks of type unbroken by supplemental material. The black-and-white photographs are well reproduced. Average-quality choices for reports.
Jonathan Betz-Zall, City University Library, Everett, WA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, John Bankston began writing professionally while still a teenager. Since then, over two hundred of his articles have been published in magazines and newspapers across the country, including travel articles in The Tallahassee Democrat, The Orlando Sentinel and The Tallahassean. He is the author of over sixty biographies for young adults, including works on Alexander the Great, scientist Stephen Hawking, actor Jodi Foster, and authors including Katherine Paterson, Ray Bradbury and F. Scott Fitzgerald. He currently lives in Newport Beach, California.

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