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How To Win A Nobel Prize

Authored by Barry Marshall, Lorna Hendry
Illustrated by Bernard Caleo
Published by Rock The Boat

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How To Win A Nobel Prize is nonfiction with a narrative that might inspire a future Nobel winner.

Combining nonfiction with a story element, How to Win a Nobel Prize aims to show its readers what it takes to become a world-changing scientist.

Barry Marshall, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine (finding the cause of stomach ulcers) in 2005, takes Mary to visit past winners after she stumbles on a secret meeting. Each scientist – some well known and some less well known – explain their work, and offer Mary advice so that she can fulfil her ambition of becoming a scientist.

But the narrative is only a vehicle for the fascinating stories of each scientist, and the Nobel prizes. After each chapter, there’s an experiment to try at home – or in the classroom, of course. And these are impressive experiments… did you know it’s entirely possible to extract DNA from a strawberry using a few readily available ingredients? Me neither.

How To Win A Nobel Prize would be great for the upper junior classroom library. Easy to read, it would be perfect for a research tool as well. But the experiments will be what inspires the pupils and make for some great lessons.