LISTENING TO THE STARS

JOCELYN BELL BURNELL DISCOVERS PULSARS

“As gorgeous as it is informative.” -*Kirkus

Called a “richly satisfying picture book” by Publishers Weekly, and given starred reviews by Kirkus and School Library Journal, LISTENING TO THE STARS is “an inspiring picture book biography of an inquisitive girl who became a world-renowned scientist, told in accessible language.” (SLJ)


The galaxy isn’t silent. When stars rotate, they emit a pulsing beat. In 1968, Jocelyn Bell Burnell was the first person to recognize the existence of these spinning stars, or “pulsars.” Like DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin, Jocelyn was overlooked for a Nobel Prize even though her discovery was hailed as the greatest astronomical find of the twentieth century. (Einstein had only theorized that they exist, Jocelyn proved it!) Jocelyn’s resilience, determination, and further breakthroughs in the field of astrophysics are celebrated in LISTENING TO THE STARS.

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