Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science

Author Atkins, Jeannine
Year 2016
First published 2016
Publisher New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers / S & S Children's / Simon & Schuster
Number of pages 208
Edition First Hardcover Edition
ISBN 9781481465656
Keywords astronomy, biology, paleontology, women in science, historical, literary or mainstream, female scientist, scientist main character, U.K., USA or Canada


A novel in verse about three girls in three different time periods who grew up to become groundbreaking scientists.

Maria Merian was sure that caterpillars were not wicked things born from mud, as most people of her time believed. Through careful observation she discovered the truth about metamorphosis and documented her findings in gorgeous paintings of the life cycles of insects.

More than a century later, Mary Anning helped her father collect stone sea creatures from the cliffs in southwest England. To him they were merely a source of income, but to Mary they held a stronger fascination. Intrepid and patient, she eventually discovered fossils that would change people’s vision of the past.

Across the ocean, Maria Mitchell helped her mapmaker father in the whaling village of Nantucket. At night they explored the starry sky through his telescope. Maria longed to discover a new comet—and after years of studying the night sky, she finally did.