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A fine, moving, important work for young readers.
Kirkus Reviews
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Young Readers’ Edition

The young readers’ edition of the New York Times bestseller


Contains dozens of never-before-published photographs, plus timeline and glossary

Educator guide available

Audiobook available


Author available for virtual school events

A 2020 Mighty Girl Best Book of the Year

A 2020 Book Riot Favorite Middle Grade Book of the Year

A Eureka! Nonfiction

Children’s Book Award winner

Explore the unbelievable true story of America’s glowing girls and their
fight for justice in the young readers’ edition of the
New York Times and USA Today bestseller The Radium Girls. This enthralling new edition includes all-new material, including a glossary, timeline, and dozens of bonus photos.


Amid the excitement of the early twentieth century, hundreds of young women spend their days hard at work painting watch dials with glow-in-the-dark radium paint. The painters consider themselves lucky—until they start suffering from a mysterious illness. As the corporations try to cover up a shocking secret, these shining girls suddenly find themselves at the center of a deadly scandal.

The Radium Girls adapted for young readers tells the unbelievable true story of these incredible women, whose determination to fight back saved countless lives.


'A fine, moving, important work for young readers.' 

- Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review

'Moore’s personal, captivating prose [renders] this shining piece of history unforgettable.' 

- Booklist, STARRED review

'An impeccably written young readers’ edition of an excellent work of history'. 

- School Library Journal

'[A] lesson in corporate greed, bystander ignorance, and the power of perseverance that will inspire and educate all young revolutionaries.'

- The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

'This thrilling young readers’ edition is an essential purchase for all middle school and high school libraries.'

- Youth Services Book Review

'Inspiring and engaging.'

- A Mighty Girl

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