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A compelling and engaging memoir by globally renowned teen scientist Jack Andraka.
Jack Andraka is the recipient of the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award, first place in the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, a National Geographic Explorer grant, the Intel Gordon Moore Award, and the Stockholm Water Prize. In 2013, he was Michelle Obama's personal guest at the State of the Union address. Andraka has been featured in several documentaries, including Morgan Spurlock's You Don't Know Jack, and in newspapers and magazines around the world. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and enjoys kayaking and watching Glee.
`The book is pitched at young people and Andraka's geeky charm comes through. So even if he has been over-hyped, in the end what's not to like about a gay nerd doing his bit to show how exciting braininess can be?' -- Owen Richardson * Sydney Morning Herald * 'High school students would gain immensely from reading Breakthrough, and the rest of us would too, especially to help keep the feeling of hope alive.' -- Kieran Salsone * Queensland Times * `Anyone who is feeling despair about bullying, about homophobia, about how to make their great idea come to fruition, would do well to read this incredible story' * Geelong Advertiser * 'A heartening and inspirational read.' -- Keeley Bolger * Dubbo Weekender * 'Funny, brave and super-enthusiastic, with a healthy dose of adolescent egotism and some comic glimpses of the trials of being Jack's parent, Breakthrough is an inspiring story for would-be scientists ... just don't complain when they turn your microwave into a ray gun.' -- Jane Shilling * Daily Mail * `Inspiring ... Jack's motivation is to make the world a better place and to encourage other teens to do so too.' * Weekend Herald * 'This kid is the Edison of our times.' -- Dr Anirban Maitra 'Spectacular stuff ... What Jack is doing is better than what I was doing in high school, I promise you.' -- Barack Obama