Marie Curie

A Life of Discovery

  • Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

In her intensely researched, inventively drawn exploration of Marie Curie’s life, artist Alice Milani follows the celebrated Polish scientist from Curie’s time as a struggling governess to her years in France making breakthrough discoveries. Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences. With skill and care, Milani traces Curie’s flight from Russia-controlled Poland, her romance with fellow scientist Pierre Curie, and Marie and Pierre’s stunning discoveries of the elements radium and polonium. Throughout this distinctive graphic work, Curie defies doubt and double standards to make an enduring impact on the scientific world.

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Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Graphic Novels, Social Studies, Young Adult
Category STEM, STEM: Physical Science
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 208
Publication Date 2019-08-06
Text Type Fiction—Historical
BISACS YAF010110, YAF005000, YAF055000
Dewey 540.92 [B]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8 x 10
Lexile 400
Features Afterword, Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Bibliography/further reading, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Timeline

Author, Illustrator: Alice Milani

Alice Milani is a cartoonist and an illustrator based in Bologna, Italy.


School Library Journal

“With a complex story structure and sophisticated science content, this addition to the canon about Curie is ideal for upper middle and high schoolers.”—School Library Journal


“When Milani isn’t explaining in the text—fluidly translated from the original Italian by Schwandt—she relies on atmospheric, pencil-and-watercolor art to augment the narrative of Curie’s brilliant life.”—Booklist

Library Journal

“Will appeal to curious high schoolers and adults interested in history and science . . .”—Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“The tender, loosely impressionistic colored pencil and watercolor illustrations add liveliness and warmth to this recounting of a remarkable life. . . . An appealing volume for graphic novel and science enthusiasts.”—Kirkus Reviews