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The Great Read­ing Chal­lenge: a book fea­tur­ing sci­ence

Fic­tion: Ein­stein’s Dreams by Alan Light­man

Ein­stein’s Dreams imag­ines the dreams of Al­bert Ein­stein in 1905, as he de­vel­ops his the­ory of rel­a­tiv­ity. Each dream en­vi­sions a dif­fer­ent world, with time be­hav­ing in a dif­fer­ent way. The sto­ries ex­plore the re­la­tion­ships be­tween peo­ple and time and ex­plores the po­ten­tial in­ner life of a ge­nius.

Non­fic­tion: Leonardo da Vinci by Wal­ter Isaac­son

A true Re­nais­sance man, Leonardo da Vinci was a painter, in­ven­tor, sci­en­tist, ar­chi­tect, en­gi­neer, math­e­ma­ti­cian, as­tronomer, and philoso­pher. Al­though to­day he is known pri­mar­ily for paint­ing the “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Sup­per,” his bi­og­ra­pher points out that Leonardo da Vinci him­self placed a stronger em­pha­sis on his sci­en­tific rather than his artis­tic en­deav­ors. His in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary mind cre­ated de­signs for ev­ery­thing from air­planes to air con­di­tion­ing sys­tems.

Youth: A Path to the Stars by Sylvia Acevedo Join­ing the Girl Scouts as a young girl im­pacts Sylvia Acevedo in pro­found ways and lays the foun­da­tion for her fu­ture as rocket sci­en­tist with NASA. As Acevedo earned badges, she re­al­ized her nat­u­ral abil­ity to learn quickly and eas­ily and de­vel­oped a thirst for knowl­edge. She en­vi­sioned an­other path for her­self other than the one des­ig­nated by her cul­ture and so­ci­ety.

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