The Girl Who Named Pluto: The Story of Venetia Burney


When Venetia Burney 's grandfather reads aloud from the newspaper about a new discovery --a "ninth major planet " that has yet to be named --her eleven-year-old mind starts whirring. She is studying the planets in school and loves Roman mythology. "It might be called Pluto, " she says, thinking of the dark underworld. Grandfather loves the idea and contacts his friend at London 's Royal Astronomical Society, who writes to scientists at the Lowell Observatory in Massachusetts, where Pluto was discovered. After a vote, the scientists agree unanimously: Pluto is the perfect name for the dark, cold planet.

Author 's note, with photograph of Venetia Burney as a child. Selected bibliography. Full-color illustrations were rendered in inks, in graphite powder, and digitally.

ISBN: 9781524768324

JLG Release: August 2019

JLG Member Price

Science Nonfiction Elementary

Grades 2-6


14 books / $17.05 a book

  • Book Details




    Print Book


    Library edition with trade jacket added


    Schwartz & Wade

    Page Count


    Trim Size

    10" x 11 1/2"



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