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

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

by Paul Zindel


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

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Paul Zindel, author of the beloved bestselling novel The Pigman, which Publishers Weekly called “remarkable…a story that will not be denied.” Fans of modern classics such as The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher will find much to love in Paul Zindel's books.

The old, converted vegetable shop where Tillie lives is more like a madhouse than a home. Tillie's mother is bitter and cruel, yet desperate for her daughters' love. Her sister suffers epileptic fits and sneaks cigarettes every chance she gets.

But despite the chaos, Tillie struggles to keep her 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...

Paul Zindel’s work is bestselling, critically acclaimed, and passionately embraced by generations of readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060757380
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/29/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 462,373
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.28(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Paul Zindel (1936-2003) was born and raised on Staten Island in New York. After teaching high school science for several years, he decided to pursue a career as a playwright. His first play, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Shortly thereafter, he wrote his first novel for young adults, The Pigman, which has gone on to sell millions of copies. Mr. Zindel wrote more than fifty books over the course of his life, including the popular My Darling, My Hamburger; The Pigman’s Legacy, a sequel to The Pigman; and the autobiographical The Pigman and Me.

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Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
ysar on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Certainly not the usual fine classic literature I've grown to love, but I can't stay away from Zindel's works. I still have no idea what the title really has to do with anything, but this, like all Zindel's work, is a wonderful read.
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2 words: luved it
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.