The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

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The old, converted vegetable shop where Tillie lives is more like a madhouse than a home. Tillie's mother, Beatrice, is bitter and cruel, yet desperate for her daughters' love. Her sister, Ruth, suffers epileptic fits and sneaks cigarettes every chance she gets. In the midst of chaos, Tillie struggles to keep her focus and dreams alive. Tillie -- keeper of rabbits, dreamer of atoms, true believer in life, hope, and the effect of gamma rays on man-in-the-moon marigolds.

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Overview

The old, converted vegetable shop where Tillie lives is more like a madhouse than a home. Tillie's mother, Beatrice, is bitter and cruel, yet desperate for her daughters' love. Her sister, Ruth, suffers epileptic fits and sneaks cigarettes every chance she gets. In the midst of chaos, Tillie struggles to keep her focus and dreams alive. Tillie -- keeper of rabbits, dreamer of atoms, true believer in life, hope, and the effect of gamma rays on man-in-the-moon marigolds.

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Editorial Reviews

NY Daily News
Off-Broadway has been gifted with a great human drama...
NY Post
Let's start with a single, simple word. Power...I don't know of a better (play) of its genre since ...
NY Times
The play itself is one of the lucky blooms; it survives, and is beautiful.
Children's Literature
First published in 1970, the themes of Paul Zindel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play are still relevant today. Tillie is the hopeful protagonist, working toward her educational goals in an effort to escape the chaos of her home. Tillie's mother, Beatrice, is cruel and mad; abusive to her children and to the old woman who boards with the family. Ruth interrupts the chaos with her epileptic fits and alternates between supporting her sister and winding her mother up. Tillie's pain and fear are at the forefront of the story, as she struggles to succeed in the school science fair and receive positive recognition for her man-in-the-moon marigolds. Tension between the characters reaches its height on the night of the fair, when a last minute insult from Ruth causes her mother to remain home in shame. Beatrice's act of retaliation is shocking and brings the play to its disturbing conclusion. The compelling characterizations and plot work together to make this play the classic that it has become. 2005 (orig. 1970), HarperTrophy/HarperCollins, Ages 14 to 18.
—Mary Loftus
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822203506
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/1970
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 942,962
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.29 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Zindel (1936-2003) was discovered in the mid-1960's by Charlotte Zolotow, who had seen a television production of his Pulitzer Prize–winning play, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man–in–the–Moon Marigolds and decided that Zindel must try his hand at young adult fiction. Mr. Zindel went on to become a pioneer in the genre as we know it today. His books for Harper Collins include The Doom Stone and Loch, both Recommended books for the Reluctant YA Reader (ALA), and the tragicomic memoir The Pigman & Me, which School Library Journal said in a starred review "allows readers a glimpse of Zindel's youth, gives them insight into some of his fictional characters, and provides many examples of universal experiences that will make them laugh and cry." The Pigman & Me was both a 1993 ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a 1993 ALA Notable Children's Book.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Great

    2 words: luved it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2008

    This is a fantastic play

    This play is an absolutely amazing drama by Paul Zindel who has also written some great books for kids and teens. This is the story of a very dysfunctional family comprised of a scientific genius daughter, her sister who has convulsions, and their mother with so many issues and such a disturbing psychological make up, she is obviously an extremely messed up person, not to mention the fact that she is raising her two daughters while putting them through extreme emotional stress and abuse. This story is an absolutely fabulous work, and if you get a chance to this play see in performance, don't miss out!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2006

    'It was an okay book, not the best'

    I am going to be realistic, the book was okay. I did not fully understand it. I believe that the effect on marigolds somehow personified her family, but I am not positive. It was not the worst thing I have read, but at the same time, it was most certainly not the best.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2005

    overrated

    This, I think, is a very overrated story. Although it is written well, how many stories do we really need about growing up with dilluted parents. Maybe this is a good storey to read because the people are unhappy, and that's interesting, but I don't think that there was anything to seperate it from any other metaphorical, overcoming obstacles storey ever written. If I wanted to read something that unorigional I would pick up the three little pigs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2004

    A Play That Outlooks Life

    I thought this play was extraordinary! I enjoyed laughing at how crazy Beatrice was and how she was so desperate for money and how Ruth was trying to fit in with the rest of the world. But Tillie was an intelligent, lonely little girl who had her rabbit to give her comfort and her project to keep her busy. Besides trying to work on her project on her spare time she was a very quiet little girl who didnt say much. It was through her science project that she let people know how her life really was- that even if a plant was mutated by 'gamma-rays' it was still a very beautiful thing. In her case, she was like the mutated marigold. She was beautiful even if she wasnt like everyone else. She was created by many atoms put together. ' Atom. Atom. What a beautiful word.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2003

    really great!

    In my opinion this book was very well written and it showed how despite certain circumstances people are able to get far and be recognized for their accomplishments.Tille was a very complex interesting character, and she had her interesting family to make her what she was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2002

    Children are Shaped by Thier Enviroment or are They?

    Marigolds = Beatrice, Tilly, and Ruth. The three main characters in this play are all the products of poor parenting. However I found it very interesting that one was ruined, another scared, and the last flourished. You figure out which is which by reading this wonderful yet saddening play.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2001

    Perfect To Read Over and Over

    This book was great!! I found myself reading it over and over. It really shows how everyone's family isn't perfect. I would recommend anyone to read this terrific book. Tillie really likes to experiment on things, her mother on the other hand, likes to experiment on how far she can tease Tillie. Paul Zindel did a great job on keeping me hooked to this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2000

    A Strange, But Great Story!

    Zindel proved his writing ability in this interesting story of a dysfunctional family. There are so many of these families around the world, that people could learn from this story. Excellent Paul Zindel literature!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2000

    Funny! Had me rolling!

    I read this for a college writing class and I absolutely loved it. It is funny and full of humor that will keep you going for hours. Even thinking about it makes me laugh!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2000

    not light reading

    contrary to the opinoins of many, i found this book rather sorrowful and heart-wrenching. i would recommend it, definitely, to those fo highschhool age or above who wish ot open their eyes to the world around them. however, i don't feel that it is an appropriate selectoin for middle school or younger, although it is short adn easy reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2000

    A Exceptional Book

    This book is an exceptionally well-written book for middle school children. It's theme is very strong and teaches children to appreciate life. I strongly reccommend this book to children who are in the same situation as the main character, Tillie or Matilda in this book. It's attention grabbing and a great heart-warming story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2000

    All Families Find Their Way

    This book is perfect for the whole family. It describes how a ragged and disfunctional family go through hard times and violent memories to find their place in the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2000

    An inspiring drama

    Zindel's early play is deceptively simple and riveting. Tillie's ability to maintain her hopefulness about people and her own future in the face of a horrible family situation is inspiring even for a middle-aged man. Tillie lives with her mean-drunk mother, her epileptic sister, and a decrepit woman they are caring for. Nevertheless through science, she comes to a sense a connection with the cosmos that can take her beyond her present troubles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2000

    The World's Greatest!!!

    The book 'Gamma Rays' was the best book in the world!!! It's one of those books you pick up,and can't put down untill you're done!! I was assigned the 1st 10 pages (out of the 110)for english and went to school with not only the 1st 10 pages read, but the other 100! The book was done!! My teacher was shocked!! Read this book NOW!!! You'll hace the time of your LIFE!!!

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