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VOYAThis biography of Marie Curie will be a welcome addition to biographies for middle school readers. The book contains four sections. The first part covers Marie's childhood in Warsaw and the death of her mother and sister, and the second, her young adult years as a governess and a university student studying physics. The third part covers her adult years, including her science partnership and marriage to Pierre Curie, winning a Nobel Prize, and the birth of her two daughters. The book concludes with the years after the death of Pierre, when Marie won a second Nobel Prize but was asked not to attend the ceremony because of her love affair with a married man. The account ends with her death. This short book is written in a clear, readable style, detailing events of Marie's life that will be of interest to teen readers. Every page has pictures with captions and each two-page spread provides a short sidebar with interesting information about topics such as glow-in-the-dark rocks, measuring radioactivity, making shoes, and tuberculosis. A very clear time line runs at the bottom of the pages, highlighting dates in Marie's life along with important happenings and inventions in the world. Each section contains a two-page spread of further information, including a brief history of Poland, science discoveries during Marie's life, radioactivity, and old advertisements for radium products. It will be an excellent and accessible resource for libraries. Readers will find the prose engaging and Marie's story interesting and inspiring. VOYA CODES: 5Q 3P M J (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to9). 2006, National Geographic, 64p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Biblio. Chronology., Ages 11 to 15.