Saturday, March 20, 2010

Charles and Emma by Deborah Heiligman

Charles and Emma won the first YALSA excellence in non-fiction award. It's also a Michael L Printz honor book, and is a finalist in the LA Times book prize in the young adult category. Heiligman tells the story of Charles and Emma's romance: a relationship that lasted 43 years, until Charles' death. It serves as an excellent introduction to Darwin; it covers his career from start to finish and highlights his research process and his individual works. Behind it all is Emma Wedgwood Darwin, a brilliant mind in her own right, who helped Charles with his work in spite of her own religious beliefs. Give it to students who enjoy Jane Austen. Click here for the book trailer. Grade 7+