Charles and Emma
The Darwins' Leap of Faith

by Deborah Heiligman

"A unique, flowing, and meticulously researched picture" (School Library Journal) of Darwin's personal life and the role it had on his scientific discoveries.

Drawing upon the couple's letters and diaries as well as writings of others close to the couple, this title portrays what an important driving force his relationship with Emma was in his scientific work.  And, mirroring the lives of the couple, the title also touches on the "intersection between religion and science...where the book shines." (Booklist)

 Students who would not naturally be drawn to a biography of Darwin (ie: Jane Austen fans!) won't be able to put this book down!

Reading Levels
Interest Level:  Grade 6-8            DRA Level:  70               Lexile Measure: 1020L
Grade Level Equiv:  8.6               Guided Reading:  Z 

Awards Won
 - National Book Award Finalist 2009
- Booklist’s Michael L. Printz Honor 2010
- YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award

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