Alfred Nobel, The Man Behind the Peace Prize

Sleeping Bear Press | 32 pages | 2009

Almost everyone has heard of the Nobel Prize, a collection of prizes awarded for accomplishments in science, medicine, literature, and peace. But few people know about the man who established the award and for whom it is named, Alfred Nobel. 

Alfred Nobel was born in Sweden in 1833. A quick and curious mind, combined with a love of science and chemistry, drove him to invent numerous technological devices throughout his long life. But he is perhaps most well known for his invention of dynamite. 

Intending it to help safely advance road and bridge construction, Nobel saw his most famous invention used in the development of military weaponry. After a newspaper headline mistakenly announces his death, Nobel was inspired to leave a legacy of another sort. 

Awards & Honors

2009 National Parenting Publication Honors Award

2011 Alabama Camellia Nominee Children's Choice Award

New York State Reading Assoc. Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List--Intermediate Category

Children's Crown Gallery Award Honor Book, Winner 2012

Children's Crown Gallery Award Nominee, Runner Up 2011

CCBC Choices--The Annual Best-of-the-Year List of the Cooperative Children's Book Center, 2010

Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children Book of the Month, 2010


This beautifully illustrated book will appeal to readers of all ages. Alfred Nobel’s career as an inventor raises many questions about science, history, and ethics. The book is easy to read yet thought-provoking; it is exciting but still accurate in its description of the life of Alfred Nobel.
— Ulf Larsson, PhD, Senior Curator, Nobel Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

...Throughout, Wargin depicts a melancholy but committed pacifist who hoped “his inventions would prevent war.
— Kirkus Reviews


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