Free Book Friday!

Congratulations to Paula Gillespie (@pgillesp1)! You are the winner of our new Bareknuckle series from Darby Creek! Please send us a DM on Twitter or an email to with the subject line “Free Book Friday” and tell us your mailing addresses so we can get your books in the mail.

After seeing all of the great nonfiction at ALA Midwinter last weekend we wanted to showcase one of our own new books that Booklist declares will be “A stirring addition to any classroom discussion about the environment.” Bombs Over Bikini: The World’s First Nuclear Disaster is a must read and this week one lucky reader will receive a free copy!

In 1946, as part of the Cold War arms race, the US military launched a program to test nuclear bombs in the Marshall Islands of the Pacific Ocean. From 1946 until 1958, the military detonated sixty-seven nuclear bombs over the region’s Bikini and Enewetak Atolls. The twelfth bomb, called Bravo, became the world’s first nuclear disaster. It sent a toxic cloud of radiation over Rongelap Atoll and other nearby inhabited islands. 

The testing was intended to advance scientific knowledge about nuclear bombs and radiation, but it had much more far-reaching effects. Some of the islanders suffered burns, cancers, birth defects, and other medical tragedies as a result of radiation poisoning. Many of the Marshallese were resettled on other Pacific islands or in the United States. They and their descendants cannot yet return to Bikini, which remains contaminated by radiation. And while the United States claims it is now safe to resettle Rongelap, only a few construction workers live there on a temporary basis. 

Bombs Over Bikini: The World’s First Nuclear Disaster, author Connie Goldsmith researched government documents, military film footage, and other primary source documents to tell the story of the world’s first nuclear disaster. You’ll meet the people who planned the test operations, the Marshall Islanders who lost their homes and suffered from radiation illnesses, and those who have worked to hold the US government accountable for catastrophically poor planning. Was the new knowledge about nuclear bombs and radiation worth the cost in human suffering? You decide. 

If you’d like to win Bombs Over Bikini: The World’s First Nuclear Disaster from Twenty-First Century Books please leave a comment on this post (including your name), or Tweet this line: Free Book Friday! RT to win the new BOMBS OVER BIKINI: THE WORLD’S FIRST NUCLEAR DISASTER from @LernerBooks. #freebooks”

We’ll announce the winner during Free Book Friday on February 7 so be sure to come back to the Lerner blog to see if you’ve won!

Good luck!