Smash! Exploring the Mysteries of the Universe with the Large Hadron Collider

By Sara Latta
Illustrated by Jeff Weigel

This book uses the strengths of a graphic novel to illustrate scientific advances in a way that's engaging, timely, and easy to follow. Great for reluctant readers and science obsessives alike, with strong STEM/curricular connections and a fascinating hig

Two cousins, Nick and Sophie, take a graphic-novel tour of the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest machine. Sophie's a science wiz. Nick's more artistic. Together they visit At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and explore what the universe is made of--and what holds it all together. At the center of their visit is the Large Hadron Collider. Researchers use the collider to accelerate particles and smash them together. They study the results to find the hidden building blocks of matter. Using its two lively lead characters and graphic artwork, this book looks at challenging STEM concepts in an accessible, memorable way.

  • A "pop science" book - humourous and never boring, featuring clear, explaining complex concepts in a visual manner through inventive graphic artwork.
  • Curricular and STEM connections.

About the author

Sara Latta ( began writing about science and medicine after receiving a master's degree in immunology. Later, she earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She lives in New York City with her husband, a physicist and Dean of Science at City College of New York, and their children. Sara is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the National Association of Science Writers, and The Authors Guild.

About the illustrator

Jeff Weigel ( is an illustrator, author, and designer of children's books and graphic novels. Jeff illustrated the 2009 New York Times bestseller It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Zombies: A Book Of Zombie Christmas Carols, and he wrote, illustrated, and designed Shop Math, an interactive tablet storybook. He was also a regular contributor to Image Comics' anthology title, Big Bang Comics, for more than ten years. His latest book is the middle-grade graphic novel Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley. He has served as a graphic designer and commercial illustrator for many years as well.

ISBN: 9781467785518
Imprint: Graphic Universe – Lerner Publishing Group
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: April 1, 2017
Dimensions: 178 x 229mm, 72pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $44.99
New Zealand RRP: $49.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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