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The Secret of the Manhattan Project (Stories in American History) Library Binding – February 1, 2012
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*Starred Review* The scene is neatly set with the first, short chapter, “Mission: Possible.” It asks readers to imagine keeping a secret among 100,000 people, hiding three entire cities from prying eyes, and putting the most famous scientists in the world in one place that few know about. These were just a few of the elements that went into the development of the atomic bomb. Part of the Stories in American History series, this book does a fine job of explaining the Manhattan Project to middle-graders by firmly placing the project in the context of history. Gonzales briskly sets up the events that led to WWII; explains how many scientists were forced to flee their homelands; describes the experimentation surrounding such a massive effort; and then shows the ramifications—and doubts—that were detonated along with the bomb. What sets this book apart is not the format, which is conventional and loaded with well-chosen photos, but the way Gonzales twists the many threads and turns them into a fresh narrative that will intrigue readers and encourage them to find out more. Grades 5-8. --Ilene Cooper