Stronger Than Steel

Stronger Than Steel

Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope

By Bridget Heos; Andy Comins (Photographer)

Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780547681269, 79pp.

Publication Date: February 26, 2013


An introduction to the field of genetics through the story of Randy Lewis and his work with golden orb weaver spiders and his subsequent creation of artificial spider silk that can be used to save and improve lives.

About the Author
Bridget Heos is the author of "Mustache Baby"and "Mustache Baby Meets His Match, "as well as many nonfiction books for young readers. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband and four children. Visit her website at

Andy Comins is a California photographer who specializes in portraiture and children's photography. His books include The Frog Scientist andStronger Than Steel.You can see his work at

Praise For Stronger Than Steel

"Move over, Spider-Man. . . . Abundant photographs and a lively narrative make the topic accessible and almost lighthearted, and Heos lays groundwork for readers with a basic introduction to DNA and gene theory."
Publishers Weekly, starred review