Black Holes

The Weird Science of the Most Mysterious Objects in the Universe

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

In 2015 two powerful telescopes detected something physicists had been seeking for more than one hundred years—gravitational waves from the collision of two black holes. This announcement thrilled the scientific community. Since the eighteenth century, astronomers have predicted the existence of massive, invisible stars whose gravity would not let anything—even light—escape. In the twenty-first century, sophisticated technologies are bringing us closer to seeing black holes in action. Meet the scientists who first thought of black holes hundreds of years ago, and learn about contemporary astrophysicists whose work is radically shaping how we understand black holes, our universe, and how it originated.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Nonfiction, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, Science, STEM, STEM: Space Science
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 120
Publication Date 2017-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 10.3
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN050020, YAN055010
Dewey 523.8/875
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1090
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, and Source notes


School Library Journal

“Students curious about black holes will be well served by the clear and thorough explanations provided.”—School Library Journal


“Latta offers a cogent explanation of complicated physics concepts, but it’s her enthusiasm for the subject matter that makes this really shine. . . . Aspiring scientists will be captivated and perhaps inspired to pursue careers in the field.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“[A]ttentive readers will come away with firm grasps of a host of cosmically slippery notions. . . . An up-to-date excursion past the boundaries of Newtonian physics . . .”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Sara Latta

Sara Latta has a master's in immunology and an MFA in creative writing. She has written several books for middle grade and YA readers, including titles in Enslow's Dead People DO Tell Tales series, career books, and Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know about 50 Famous Phobias (Zest Books, 2014). She lives in New York City with her husband and children. Visit her online at