Stella Brite and the Dark Matter Mystery
By: Sara Latta / Illustrated by: Meredith Johnson
Turn kids into astrophysics detectives as they join Stella Brite and her brother Max on the search for the mysterious dark matter that holds the universe together. What is dark matter? How does it work? Clear, concise writing, illustrative examples, and Max’s handy notes, help young readers uncover the clues about dark matter’s identity, including WIMPS, MACHOs, gravity, and more.
Backmatter includes a history of the hunt for dark matter and suggested websites for further information.
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Author & Illustrator Bios:Sara Latta, author
Sara Latta often feels like a detective when she is writing science books and magazine articles for children and young adults. She does research, tracks down clues, and interviews witnesses (scientists). When she’s not writing, Sara enjoys running and yoga. She lives in Champaign, Illinois, with her husband and three children
Meredith Johnson, illustrator
Meredith Johnson has been drawing since she was three years old, when she liked coloring the wallpaper in her room. After art school, she put her drawing talent to use creating animated commercials and illustrating children’s books. Meredith is now a full-time illustrator with over 100 books to her credit. She lives with her husband in La Cañada, California.
Awards & Honors:
- Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year, 2007
School Library Journal
Stella Brite and her brother, Max, are trying to put the Brite and Brite Detective Agency on the map. They put off finding the mayor's Pekingese in favor of solving the mystery of dark matter and its invisible influence on the universe. They start out by doing a routine background check using piles of books at the library and follow up with a visit to an astronomy club meeting, nose around a science lab, and end up in an underground cave searching for WIMPS (Weakly Interactive Massive Particles) with a science professor. Latta's simple scientific definitions and Johnson's blending in of NASA-credited photographs of space with bright cartoon paintings mix fact with fiction well. Close observers of the colorful images will notice that a hungry little Pekingese joins Stella and Max in their adventures, ensuring that they solve at least one of life's mysteries. The young detectives' enthusiasm in solving the scientific aspect makes this an entertaining way to introduce astronomy to young readers. The final page of the book has background information on dark matter. A clever mixture of mystery picture book and science lesson. –Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY
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