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Teen Book Chat/Grades 9-12 Charles & Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman

Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species, his revolutionary tract on evolution
and the fundamental ideas involved, in 1859. Nearly 150 years later, the theory of
evolution continues to create tension between the scientific and religious
communities. Challenges about teaching the theory of evolution in schools occur
annually all over the country. This same debate raged within Darwin himself, and played an important part in his marriage: his wife, Emma, was quite religious, and her
faith gave Charles a lot to think about as he worked on a theory that continues tospark intense debates.Deborah Heiligman’s new biography of Charles Darwin is a thought-provoking account of the man behind evolutionary theory: how his personal life affected his work and vice versa. The end result is an engaging exploration of history, science, and religion for young readers.Charles and Emma is a 2009 National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.
Register by February 15th to pick up your copy of the book. 947-8336 ext. 111.
Teen Room, 3rd Floor, Moderator, Shane Layman

Earlier Event: April 6
Learn to Use Ancestry