Breaking the Mold: Changing the Face of Climate Science

Holiday House. (Books for a Better Earth). Feb. 2023. 224p. Tr $22.99. ISBN 9780823449712.
Gr 3-8–Levy profiles 16 boundary-pushing and innovative scientists in this gorgeously designed title. From the first page, the author’s goal is to showcase the work of contemporary contributors to the scientific field who might not fit “the mold” of what a scientist “looks like.” The subjects are diverse, in every sense of the word. They are representative of a wide swath of marginalized communities, including Indigenous tribes, those with visible and invisible disabilities, and people across the gender spectrum. The variety in the areas of scientific study is also substantial, including environmentalists, climate change activists, volcanologists, and urban ecologists. They hail from all parts of the world, working at a global scale and making important changes—in big and small ways. The trim size allows plenty of white space that helps set off the dynamic layout, popping color, and impeccable photos. Unfamiliar words are in bold within the text and defined in thorough but accessible side bars on the same page. This book can be read as a curricular tie-in, but science enthusiasts could just as easily browse through the engaging pages. Inspirational pull quotes from the scientists profiled also grace the page in bright-colored fonts. The back matter features short bios on seven non-scientists making a mark, including students; DIY activities with an environmental focus; and 10 pages of bibliography and source notes.
VERDICT This inspirational text about underrepresented folks in STEM fields is nonfiction at its best.

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