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Mario and the Hole in the Sky: How a Chemist Saved Our Planet

By: Elizabeth Rusch

Illustrator: Teresa Martinez

Mexican American Mario Molina is a modern-day hero who helped solve the ozone crisis of the 1980s. Growing up in Mexico City, Mario was a curious boy who studied hidden worlds through a microscope. As a young man in California, he discovered that CFCs, used in millions of refrigerators and spray cans, were tearing a hole in the earth’s protective ozone layer. Mario knew the world had to be warned—and quickly. Today Mario is a Nobel laureate and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His inspiring story gives hope in the fight against global warming.

Further information about Mario Molina, with photograph. “Surprising Similarities: The Ozone Hole and Global Warming.” Further reading. Suggestions to lessen global warming. Author’s note. Source notes. Time line on back endpapers.

ISBN: 9781580895811

JLG Release: May 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Mario J , Molina (1943– ) , Chemists , Biography , Nobel Prize winners , Ozone layer depletion , Atmospheric ozone , Atmosphere , Air pollution , Science and scientists , Research

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Awards & Honors

CPL Best Books - 2019
2020 Green Earth Book Award for Picture Books
Cook Prize Winner

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Growing up in Mexico, Mario Molina loved exploring the world around him and performing experiments with his microscope. After attending boarding school in Switzerland and receiving his PhD, Molina began work in the United States, where he made a horrific discovery: CFCs, chemicals used in countless everyday items, were damaging the environment by d Growing up in Mexico, Mario Molina loved exploring the world around him and performing experiments with his microscope. After attending boarding school in Switzerland and receiving his PhD, Molina began work in the United States, where he made a horrific discovery: CFCs, chemicals used in countless everyday items, were damaging the environment by destroying the ozone layer. Despite Molina and his colleague F. Sherwood Rowland’s attempts to publicize this discovery, they were not taken seriously until scientists discovered a huge hole in the ozone above Antarctica. Finally, Molina and Rowland’s hard work led to almost every country agreeing to stop the production of CFCs. Vibrant, imaginative illustrations convey the possibilities of science and the urgency of Molina’s discoveries and depict Molina’s interest from an early age. Both English and Spanish texts flow smoothly. An excellent addition to children’s nonfiction collections, and sure to be a great highlight of Hispanic Heritage Month biography collections.

Book Details

ISBN

9781580895811

First Release

May 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

B

Trim Size

11" x 8"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.4; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.5; Points: 3;

Lexile

Level 730L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Charlesbridge

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Mario J, Molina (1943– ), Chemists, Biography, Nobel Prize winners, Ozone layer depletion, Atmospheric ozone, Atmosphere, Air pollution, Science and scientists, Research,

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