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

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The true story of how a scientist saved the planet from environmental disaster.

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
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Charlesbridge Publishing
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BRILLIANT. Rusch tells the life story of Mario Molina, a Mexican American chemist and a key player in discovering how CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons in hair spray cans, refrigerators, air conditioners) were depleting the ozone. Beginning in the 1970s, his work led him and others to advocate that this was a global crisis and eventually the world turned the problem around. THIS STORY GIVES US HOPE THAT THE WORLD CAN TURN AROUND CLIMATE CHANGE!!!

Rusch's clear writing and Martinez's dynamic i
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Mario and the Hole in the Sky: How a Chemist Saved Our Planet by Elizabeth Rusch and illustrated by Teresa Martinez is a must-read for kids of all ages, and probably for most adults as well.

Rusch's writing is crisp and accessible, and she tells the vital story of Mario Molina in a way that is easy to relate to. We see how curious Molina is from a young age and how he applies that curiosity to studying chemistry and to helping the planet. I think it's so great to see representation of a young La
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Andrew
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an insightful book about a very helpful man! Readers of any age will appreciate this book about a chemist who is dedicated to righting the environmental wrongs of humans. Please do not be misled by the negative review here-- Rusch's epilogue has no bashing of any kind, just pure facts and statements that can be backed up with clear, written evidence. I think the actions and thought behind those facts speak for themselves.
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Melanie Dulaney
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
What a great book...until the epilogue! Young Mario began life with an interest in science that his parents fostered. His curiosity led him to create a lab in an unused room in his house and set him on a path to higher education and research into environmental issues. Author Elizabeth Rusch combines vivid text, full of a variety of figurative language elements, with beautiful, bold artwork from David Diaz to tell an inspiring story of a Mexican American’s quest to get CFCs banned in order to pro ...more
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ELIZABETH RUSCH is an award-winning book author, magazine writer, editor, writing teacher and speaker. Her wide-ranging passions include astronomy, volcanology, art, music, history, nature, waves, jokes, crayons, and mud — anything that catches her fancy. She is inspired by stories of exploration and discovery, stories that have been overlooked by history, and stories that grapple with persistent ...more