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Barbara ten Brink
Travelling with Isaac Newton

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

This realistic novel takes us on a journey with a girl and her family traveling with Isaac Newton. Their adventure is full of love, discovery, and the thrill of science.
Plot/Idea: 6 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 5 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 6.25 out of 10


Plot/Idea: This charming children's novel is heavy with math and science elements and could double as a teaching tool for STEM education. This said, the work is sometimes lacking in dramatic action and tension. 

Prose: The dialogue is stiff between the characters and would benefit from being made more casual in tone. While the author tries to pull the time and place into the character’s conversations and manner of speaking, it can come across as artificial.

Originality: By introducing Isaac Newton through the eyes of a child, the author offers a unique perspective.  

Character Development/Execution: Along with protagonist Emma, readers encounter fresh ideas about science, math, and the world around them from the character of Newton. While the characters exist primarily as conduits for the STEM concepts introduced, they effectively serve their roles in the story.

Date Submitted: August 23, 2022