Reviews and Blog Posts: Chemistry

Nearly gone

by Elle Cosimano

DPL Rating:
4

Nearly Boswell is a high school senior currently in the running for a very competitive chemistry scholarship. And we hope she gets it, because for Nearly there frankly aren't any other options for getting out of her trailer park and away from her hopeless surroundings.

Nearly has few friends and occupies...

The toaster project, or A heroic attempt to build a simple electric appliance from scratch

by Thomas Thwaites

DPL Rating:
5

Thomas Thwaite's endeavor to build a toaster really is heroic, just as the alternate title suggests. You'll be amazed by what he does and you'll also learn a lot and be charmed by his story. This little book has science, adventure, travel, humor, philosophy, interesting characters and more. I loved...

Itch : the explosive adventures of an element hunter

by Simon Mayo

DPL Rating:
3

Itchingham Lofte is the kind of guy who accidentally blows off his eyebrows in an experiment gone awry and would put it all on the line to save your life, and he is only fourteen years old. With the help of his cousin Jacqueline and his sister, this gutsy trio...

The dead in their vaulted arches

by C. Alan Bradley

DPL Rating:
5

The last Flavia de Luce novel ended with one of the best cliffhangers I’ve ever read, and picking up from that moment, this new installment did not disappoint. When I started tearing up just in the first chapter, I knew I was in for a great read. When I almost...

Speaking from among the bones : a Flavia de Luce novel

by C. Alan Bradley

DPL Rating:
4

Speaking from Among the Bones is the fifth novel in the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley. Flavia, a young preteen girl intensely interested in chemistry (specifically poisons), aims at finding the truth behind the local church organist's murder.

The disappearing spoon and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements

by Sam Kean

DPL Rating:
4

The elements that sit so neat and tidy on the periodic table actually have a long and often messy history. Written with a strong enough grasp of chemistry to satisfy those with more expertise (I believe) but, for those of us who nearly failed Chemistry in high school (guilty), the...

A beautiful "coffee table" book that is both informative and fun

The Elements

Even this high school chemistry flunkey found The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theordore Gray an amazing read cover-to-cover.

I pride myself on reading a little bit of this and that, but a book about chemistry wouldn't be on the top of the list. Until recently, that is. While straightening the NEW books I came across The Elements. The visually rich cover enticed me to crack it open. Once at home, I devoured it cover to cover. So there is actually a rhyme and reason to the periodic table!

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