The First Heart Transplant

A Graphic History

From the Series Medical Breakthroughs

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

For centuries, people misunderstood how the heart works. As our knowledge grew, heart surgery remained a dangerous medical procedure. Even after organ transplants become common, surgeons struggled to transplant hearts and keep patients alive. But small groups of pioneering doctors attempted this difficult surgery, changing the lives of patients.

This graphic history traces their leap forward and the medical world’s newest advancements in heart-health technology. Learn about innovations such as artificial hearts and 3D printed living tissue.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Graphic Novels, Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Engineering, STEM: Life Science/Health and Human Body, STEM: Technology
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2022-01-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF062020, JNF051170, JNF024020
Dewey 617.4/120592
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 850
Guided Reading Level Y
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Original artwork, and Source notes

Author: Brandon Terrell

Brandon M. Terrell (1978–2021) was a talented storyteller, authoring more than one hundred books for children. He was a passionate reader, Star Wars enthusiast, amazing father, and devoted husband.

Illustrator: Dante Ginevra

Dante Ginevra is a comic artist, illustrator, art director, and freelancer. He is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


  • Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards Finalist, Short-listed, 2023