Content Based Book Discussion

Bomb by 2016-17 Guest Author Steve Sheinkin

PYA Staff Book Club

I am looking to try something new this Spring; content based book discussions for faculty and staff. The first one, a discussion of the book Bomb by Steve Sheinkin, will be primarily for the Social Studies, ELA, and Science Departments. (Mr. Sheinkin is scheduled to visit Penn Yan March 2017.)

Bomb is a gripping narrative of the race between countries, spies, and scientists to create the first atomic bomb. It is extremely well researched and written and has a great deal of appeal to high school students. For more information, read the description below.

From the publisher: In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple scientific discovery launched a scientific race that spanned three continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing, and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, risk-taking, deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.


Please let me know if you would be interested in reading the book. Once I get an idea of who is interested, we can come up with a day, time, and location for our discussion.