Stell Brite and the Dark Matter Mystery

Stell Brite and the Dark Matter Mystery

Turn kids into astrophysics detectives as they join Stella Brite and her brother Max on the search for the mysterious dark matter that holds the universe together. What is dark matter? How does it work? Clear, concise writing, illustrative examples, and Max’s handy notes, help young readers uncover the clues about dark matter’s identity, including WIMPS, MACHOs, gravity, and more.

Backmatter includes a history of the hunt for dark matter and suggested websites for further information.

Illustrated by Meredith Johnson

Charlesbridge, 2006

Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year, 2007

Stella Brite and the Dark Matter Mystery "wins high marks for its clear, specific introduction to one of modern astronomy's great puzzles." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Latta's simple scientific definitions and Johnson's blending in of NASA-credited photographs of space with bright cartoon paintings mix fact with fiction well. A clever mixture of mystery picture book and science lesson." -- School Library Journal

“An expert science writer for children, Sara Latta has developed a superb approach to teaching young readers ages 7 to 10 about an astronomical phenomena in a way that is every bit as entertaining as it is informed and informative....a strongly recommended addition to school and community library collections.” -- Midwest Book Review

"So here's the deal--I'm 37 years old, I own a telescope and I love the idea of astronomy. But until I read Stella Brite and the Dark Matter Mystery I had no idea, at all, why dark matter was or why I should even care about it. It's very easy for me to recommend this title because it really impressed the heck out of me. Latta has really found her calling with this character and plot. She should write a whole series as far as I'm concerned; I know I would be up front buying each one. My son is going to love Stella in a year or two, and I'm going to love introducing them."--Colleen Mondor, Eclectica

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