The Stardust Mystery


Children - Educational
242 Pages
Reviewed on 09/20/2021
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Author Biography

Peter Solomon is a scientist, author and entrepreneur who is devoted to passing on his love for the many wonderful science stories to the younger generation through the media they like best. He believes that integrating science concepts into exciting stories is the best way for children to learn. The birth of his twelfth grandchild was the inspiration for The STARDUST MYSTERY book. The child characters in the story explore the creation of their atoms through time and space travel adventures in the Beamer Virtual World. Solomon was asked by his young book reviewers to create a virtual world that they could use. This inspired a National Science Foundation project to create video games and the Stardust Mystery YouTube channel for science videos to accompany the book. The characters in the story, games and videos were inspired by his grandchildren.
The theme of the story is: We are made of STARDUST that was once in the body of Albert Einstein and the last T-Rex. This is true. We each have more than 300 trillion carbon atoms that once belonged to, Einstein, and more than 5,000 trillion that were once in each T-Rex. Those atoms were created in the end of life explosions of stars during the evolution of the universe and shared during the history of planet Earth.
The sequel to The STARDUST MYSTERY, The Race to the Big Bang, was published in May 2010. Both books won Purple Dragonfly Children’s Book Awards for best STEM books.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

Several groups of students compete to win a science competition in which they must solve the mystery of stardust in the captivating educational book, The Stardust Mystery by Peter Solomon. When a famous scientist announces a contest with superb prizes at a school science fair, Neddy talks her older sister Lizzy into entering it. But first, they must convince their cousins VC and Milo to help them with the project. The grand prize is a trip to the moon, and Grandpa always dreamed of going to the moon. The cousins agree that if they win, they are taking him with them. First, they have to come up with an invention. Choosing to create a virtual trip that can move between the past and the future, they are thrilled when they achieve a place in the first part of the competition. Now they and the other contestants must solve the riddle of stardust to secure the trip to the moon. Can Neddy, Lizzy, VC, and Milo beat the other teams? Will they get to take Grandpa on a trip to the moon?

A product of the National Science Foundation, The Stardust Mystery by Peter Solomon is a fabulous book that engages the reader while they learn. It is a fantastic tool that teaches children about the universe. The story is an exciting adventure where the characters encounter dinosaurs, famous scientists, and explore multiple aspects of science. Enhanced with striking illustrations, it is a captivating and educational experience that exposes students to the exciting elements of the universe. Part of the illustrations, characters, and storylines originate from two exciting video games, MissionKT and Building the Universe. Explanations, theories, footnotes, and other additions appear throughout the book to encourage the young reader to think and explore. This book is an extraordinary resource that parents and teachers will want to have in their children's libraries.