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Children's LiteratureMost people have heard of the Nobel Prize, but few people know anything about the man behind it. Born into a family of scientists, his father invented plywood and his great-great grandfather discovered the lymphatic system. Nobel made many improvements in explosives including the invention of dynamite. However, he never married and was ill for most of his life. This new book, one of the "Great Life Stories" series, explores Alfred Nobel's life in detail from his humble beginnings in Sweden to the origins of the Nobel Prize after his death. Throughout the book are sidebars giving background information on related topics. For instance, during the section describing Nobel's work during the Crimean War, there is a full-page sidebar explaining what the Crimean War. In the back are a timeline, index and list of other sources including many web sites. While at times the book seems to jump around a little, overall it is a very interesting and complete biography. 2004, Franklin Watts/ Scholastic, Ages 9 to 13.