We're all made of star dust. Of atoms that once were stars and planets and moons. The beautiful and the banal: coexisting through a complex chemical bond. Tillie loves knowing the underlying scientific structure of the world. But could science be a way of gaining her mother's love? Can a project with irradiated marigold seeds at the school science fair show her mother that Tillie is more than just half a test-tube?
The 1971 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama, Paul Zindel's tale of crazy relatives, radioactive flora and a passion for science is a dark and dreamy tale of one girl's struggle to survive the trauma of growing up by escaping into science. The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds discovers what beautiful flora might grow from seemingly rotten remnants when you simply apply the spark of imagination.