Have you read the amazing book about the HeLa cells? Now my daughter is totally involved in cells and the associated genetics, but I wasn't so sure that I'd love many pages about cells. Couldn't have been any more wrong if I tried....384 pages of compelling information about the cells of this one lady.
Listen to the author tell the story behind the story...."Good writing is all about letting the story change you". How can you not love an author that has that mindset?
Then over at INK (one of my most favorite blogs) there's a wonderful post about this book,and I find out there's a Young Reader's edition coming....Read what they say...."Skloot will bring out a Young Reader’s Edition of her book in 2012, co-written with Gregory Mone. Aimed at middle graders, it will be published by Knopf and will run 256 pages, about 100 fewer than the “adult” edition. I’m curious to compare the two books. Other than the sometimes graphic descriptions of physical and sexual abuse suffered by the Lacks children and the violent and promiscuous behavior of some characters, the original book seems appropriate for younger readers. Granted, as Vicki[Cobb] said, it runs a bit long, but I wonder what will be edited out."
From what INK said, Oprah is involved in making a film of some sort out of this. Oh wouldn't that be delicious!!!!
Love it when science takes a front seat and everyone realizes how cool it is!!!!