August 30 Birthday: THROUGH THE TEMPEST DARK AND WILD: A STORY OF MARY SHELLEY, CREATOR OF FRANKENSTEIN


Mary Shelley, author
Aug. 30, 1797-Feb. 1, 1851

Through the Tempests Dark and Wild: A Story of Mary Shelley, Creator of Frankenstein by Sharon Darrow, illustrated by Angela Barrett (Candlewick, 2003)   *Fiction*

Focused on the teen years “where some believe that Mary’s famous novel took root” this fictionalized picture book biography is a moving account of Shelley, who published her renowned Gothic at the age of nineteen.

A Wikipedia biography of Mary Shelley with additional links is available.

Read an interview with author Sharon Darrow (includes questions related to Through the Tempests) at Cynthia Leitich Smith’s blog.

August 30 Birthday: LIFE IN THE OCEAN: THE STORY OF OCEANOGRAPHER SYLVIA EARLE


Sylvia Earle, oceanographer
August 30, 1935-

Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A. Nivola (FSG/Frances Foster Books, 2012

When twelve-year old Earle moved with her family from a New Jersey farm to a home by the sea in Florida, she “lost her heart to the water.” Among other things, she has walked on the ocean floor, descended in a one-person spherical bubble deep in the Pacific Ocean, and spent two weeks in a deep-sea station.

National Geographic offers a bio of Earle on their website. Click over today.