School Library Journal11/01/2014
Gr 10 Up—Even famous science experts struggle in school, as readers learn in this series, which sheds light on the human face of geniuses. Readers will be intrigued to learn, for example, that Jane Goodall kept pet guinea pigs as a child. Some titles emphasize the science writers' literary background more than others. For example, Goodall's book focuses heavily on her work as a scientist, while Isaac Asimov's delves into his literary influences and childhood writings. Quotes from Neil deGrasse Tyson's writing are scattered throughout his biography, helping students connect to his voice. Readers will be swept away by his journey as an African American astrophysicist who first stargazed atop a Bronx apartment building and later walked dogs to earn money for a telescope. Throughout his biography, Tyson's passion for space exploration is palpable. Dynamic, understated artwork does not distract from excellent writing here. Strong additions.