by "NSTA Science
Mario and the Hole in the Sky
How a Chemist Saved Our Planet
Illustrated by Teresa Martinez
How did a boy from Mexico City become a Nobel Prize-winning chemist who saved our planet?
Eight-year-old Mario wanted to learn all he could about chemistry. He examined everything under a microscope— from rotten lettuce to toothpaste.
As an adult, Mario continued studying chemistry—and discovered something scary. CFCs, used in millions of refrigerators and spray cans, were destroying the earth’s
protective ozone layer. Without ozone, deadly solar radiation would bombard our planet. Mario had to warn the world—and quickly.
This is the true story of Mario Molina, the Mexican-American chemist who brought the world back from the brink of environmental catastrophe. His inspiring story offers hope in the face of today’s battle against global warming.
Date: November 2019
~ Winner Golden Kite Award ~
~ Winner Green Earth Book Award ~
~ Best Spanish Picture Book Silver Medal ~
New York Public Library Best Book of Year
Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year
Bank Street Best Book of the Year
ILA Teachers Choice
NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Tradebook
Sigurd Olson Award (honorable mention)
Notable Book for a Global Society
Junior Library Guild selection
Tejas Star Reading List selection
Cook Prize finalist
KIRKUS ★ Starred Review ★
“A timely and fascinating look at what courage and focused, informed action can accomplish.”
— ★ Kirkus, starred review ★
“A stellar bio…realistic while remaining hopeful.”
— Betsy Bird, FUSE8
“Vibrant, imaginative illustrations convey the possibilities of science and the urgency of Molina’s discoveries and depict Molina’s interest from an early age. VERDICT An excellent addition to children’s nonfiction collections, and sure to be a great highlight of Hispanic Heritage Month biography collections."
— School Library Journal