The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Paperback)
The Young Reader's Edition
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780375870156, 256pp.
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
A middle-grade adaptation of Rebecca Skloot's critically acclaimed, New York Times nonfiction bestseller
Henrietta Lacks was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, and whose cells—taken without her knowledge when she was treated for cancer in 1951—have become one of the most important tools in medicine. The Lacks family did not learn of Henrietta's cells until 20 years after her death, but these first "immortal" human cells grown in culture are still alive today: they've been bought and sold by the billions and have been vital in fighting polio, cancer, and many viruses. This incredible book explores race, bioethics, scientific research, human rights, the power of family, and the question of whether we control the very cells we're made of.
About the Author
GREGORY MONE is a freelance journalist, a contributing editor at "Popular Science" magazine, and a novelist for adults and kids. He is a frequent contributor for "AOL News," and his features have appeared in "WIRED, ""Discover, Women's Health," and "National Geographic Adventure." His first middle-grade novel, "Fish," came out from Scholastic in 2010. A 1998 graduate of Harvard College, Greg lives in Boston with his wife and three children. Visit him at GregoryMone.blogspot.com.