Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain
Illustrator: Barbara McClintock
This is the true story of eighteenth-century mathematician Sophie Germain, who solved the unsolvable to achieve her dream. More about Sophie Germain. Note on referenced math and science concepts. How to re-create an experiment in the book.
Selected bibliography. Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. Full-color illustrations created with markers, gouache, and collage.
JLG Release: Sep 2018
Awards & Honors
2019 Cook Prize Honor
2019 Mathical Prize Winner, Ages 05-07
2019 Golden Kite Award Honor, Picture Book Illustration
CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Historical People, Places, and Events
NSTA Best STEM Books - 2019
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal*, The Horn Book Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Booklist
School Library Journal
An illuminating look into the life and work of Sophie Germain, a self-taught mathematician, who was the first woman to win a prize from the Paris Academy of Sciences. Bardoe’s prose injects the title refrain often as the story unfolds. Germain, who came of age during the French Revolution, studied math despite her [STARRED REVIEW]
An illuminating look into the life and work of Sophie Germain, a self-taught mathematician, who was the first woman to win a prize from the Paris Academy of Sciences. Bardoe’s prose injects the title refrain often as the story unfolds. Germain, who came of age during the French Revolution, studied math despite her parents’ wishes. Women were not allowed to attend university, but she secretly got notes from math classes and sent in homework using a male name. She worked for six years on a theorem to predict patterns of vibration, and experienced rejection at least twice before her work was accepted. The artwork—created with pen and ink, watercolor, and collage—is truly a sight to behold. McClintock depicts Germain’s inner thoughts, often numbers and equations, surrounding her and at times isolating her from others. This makes the penultimate spread of Germain’s prize-winning equation extending from her person and wrapping around the male scholars, even more triumphant in comparison. Extended back matter includes more about Germain’s life, recommendations for further research and activities, a selected bibliography, an author’s note, and an illustrator’s note. VERDICT Excellent illustrations elevate the inspiring prose, making it a highly recommended choice to the growing shelf of picture book biographies featuring women in STEM.—Kacy Helwick, New Orleans Public Library, LA
10 1/2" 10 1/2"
Level 4.9; Points: 6;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 9.2; Points: 3;