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When thrift-store aficionado Julie discovers a series of antique paintings with hidden glowing images that are only visible in the dark, she wants to learn more about the artist. In her search, she uncovers a century-old romance and the haunting true story of the Radium Girls, young women who used radioactive paint to make the world's first glow-in-the-dark products—and ultimately became radioactive themselves. As Julie’s obsession with the paintings mounts, truths about the Radium Girls—and her own complicated relationships—are revealed. But will she uncover the truth about the luminous paintings before putting herself and everyone she loves at risk?
Praise For Glow…
"STARRED REVIEW! Alternating chapters follow Julie's quest and present decades-old love letters written by Lydia, a white radium factory worker, both slowly revealing the horrific story of young women who were exposed to radioactive paints. With this interleaved technique, Bryant brilliantly lures readers into an engaging mystery, a page-turner that begins beneath layers revealed in both paintings and chapters. A riveting story of ambitious and self-sufficient women, both in the present and past." —Kirkus Reviews starred review
"STARRED REVIEW! As each girl tells their story, the true events and stories of the real radium girls are brought to light. Bryant’s novel will surely spur readers to learn more about this dark part of history." —School Library Journal
"This fictionalized take on the Radium Girls is by turns suspenseful, macabre, and, at points, quite gory. Bryant doesn’t shy away from the true horrors that befell these women . . . . An eye-opening window into a troubling moment in history." —Booklist
"Readers who love the historic side of this genre will crave more of Lydia’s story . . . gruesomely detailed and suspenseful." —VOYA
"The historical background is intriguing, embracing chemistry, medicine, and labor and women’s histories . . . Builds nicely in suspense and tragedy." —The Horn Book
"Students who love a good mystery and/or historical fiction will have no issue getting into this well-told story of historical significance." —School Library Connection
AW Teen, 9780807529638, 272pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2017
About the Author
Megan E. Bryant has written dozens of books for kids and young adults. She lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and teaches writing at Salem College.
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