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"Learn about how scientists have predicted the way diseases will evolve and effect our world in the future."--

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Connie Goldsmith


I was delighted to learn in May 2015 that "Bombs Over Bikini" won a Crystal Kite Award from SCBWI (the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) . In addition, it is a Junior Library Guild selection and a Bank Street College Best Book. Thank you to everyone who has read BOB. It may help us prevent the mistakes of the past.

Someone asked why my book, "Bombs Over Bikini" is subtitled, "The World's First Nuclear Disaster." Wasn't the bombing of Hiroshima the first nuclear disaster? The word disaster is most often used to describe something sudden and unplanned, such as a natural disaster (tsunami, earthquake) or a terrible accident such as the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl. The US bombing of Hiroshima, while indescribably horrific, was a planned, purposeful and premeditated act of war. It was not an accident.

I use the term 'world's first nuclear disaster' in my book specifically to describe the world's first hydrogen bomb, called Bravo, detonated over Bikini by the U.S. in 1954. Although the US had evacuated the nearby atoll of Rongelap for the first 11 bombs, it failed to do so for Bravo, the 12th bomb in the series of 67 detonated over the Marshall Islands.

I believe the term perfectly describes what happened - radioactive fallout on inhabited atolls that damaged a population, culture, and environment. It was sudden, unplanned, and accidental - the very definition of disaster. Later nuclear disasters include Chernobyl and Fukushima.

About Me:

Connie Goldsmith writes books about history, health, and science for older children. She has seventeen children's books (two coming out in 2016) to her credit. Her works include books about the U.S. nuclear testing program in the Marshall Islands, traumatic brain injury, malaria, influenza, antibiotic resistant infections, and the California Gold Rush, among others. Currently, she is working on several nonfiction and fiction projects.

She is a big fan of today's young adult and middle-grade novels and reads one or two of them each week. Over the past twelve years, she has reviewed more than 700 children's books for a regional parenting publication, and many others for the New York Journal of Books. She has more than 200 articles published in various genres. These include California Kids, the children's magazines Cricket and Highlights, and the SCBWI Bulletin and Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market.

As an RN with a master's degree in health, Ms. Goldsmith also writes continuing education articles for nurses on a wide variety of professional and disease-specific topics. She writes a pediatric health column for a regional parenting publication, and maintains a health blog on her website at www.conniegoldsmith.com.

Ms. Goldsmith is a member of the Authors Guil

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