Examines the science behind this astronomical phenomenon, including history-making discoveries, relevant theories, and topics of current and future research. Black holes present a challenge to astronomers studying them. The pull of gravity is so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape. So they can’t be directly observed.


  • Publisher: The Creative Company
  • Series: Mysteries of the Universe
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Age Level: 10-14
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This sophisticated series will appeal to report writers and serious astronomy students. Each book carefully examines the history behind attempts to unravel explanations for the subjects, going back to Anaxagoras’s work on energy in 450 B.C. all the way up to the contemporary findings of Stephen Hawking. The numerous theories put forth throughout the ages are meticulously detailed and put in context of how research was able to proceed despite political or religious pressures to suppress it. Sidebars bring in interesting tidbits, including information about how pop culture has used or misused science in fiction and film. As they bring together science, history, and philosophy, these volumes are exhaustive treatments of their subjects. (School Library Journal)

The author refers to black holes as “new kids on the block” because scientists began studying them only a few decades ago. Introducing readers to terminology such as infinitesimal, supernova, astrophysicist, and nuclear fusion will help them grasp this mystery. A detailed historical narrative of inventions and contributions made by Newton, Mitchell, Einstein, Oppenheimer, Hawking, and others is presented. This narrative clearly illustrates how scientific progress is made and theories established as scientists in different countries examine the work of others to determine credibility and fallacies. This book will pique the imagination of young readers who may discover the secret of this mystery. This is an excellent resource to introduce a mystery that cannot be observed. (National Science Teachers Association)

The “Mysteries of the Universe” series books are uniformly written by one author, so the quality is consistently high. This collection would be an excellent addition to any middle school science classroom or library. Facts, theories, and historical information are presented alongside full-page color photographs with simple but informative annotations. Another student-friendly element of this series is the brightly-colored bold text vocabulary words and accompanying glossary. Each book concludes with a list of suggested websites, a selected bibliography, and an index making this an excellent source for middle school research assignments. (Jackie Fulton, Children’s Literature)