About the book

Prepare to be inspired with this fantastically great new series for young readers from bestselling author Kate Pankhurst, descendent of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. In this first book, read the true stories of amazing scientists and discover things that are out of this world!

Women have been responsible for many of the world's most ground-breaking scientific discoveries. These are the stories of incredible female scientists whose hard work and persistence changed our understanding of science and transformed people's ideas of what women can do.

  • Reach for the stars with the first African American woman to go into space Mae Jemison
  • Explore volcanoes with the fearless Katia Krafft
  • Invent a treatment for malaria with the determined Tu YouYou
  • Make scientific discoveries that will change the world with Marie Curie

Including comic strips, family trees, maps and more, Fantastically Great Women Scientists and Their Stories is a celebration of women who made some of the world's most important scientific breakthroughs. A fantastic gift for girls and boys alike! 

What did the judges think?

Children’s author and winner of the 2020 Young People’s Book Prize Izzi Howell said: “This book explores the achievements of women in science, from dancing in space (Mae Jemison) to changing the taste of Indian sugar (Jammaki Ammal). By including a diverse range of women and showing there is no ‘clear cut’ journey into science – this book should encourage more girls to picture themselves doing science too.”

About the author and illustrator

Kate Pankhurst is the bestselling author and illustrator of the trailblazing and internationally successful Fantastically Great Women books. Kate's books have been translated into 22 languages and been shortlisted for many awards, including the NIBBIES award for Children's Illustrated & Non-fiction. Most recently, her first book Fantastically Great Women who Changed the World has been adapted into an inspiring stage show, touring the UK in 2021 and 2022. Most days, Kate can be found illustrating and writing in her studio in Leeds with her spotty dog, Olive. She loves a good story, the funnier the better, and gets her best ideas by doodling in her sketchbook; because even quick, wonky drawings can spark ideas for amazing plots.

Kate Pankhurst
Kate Pankhurst