trialmeMary Losure writes innovative nonfiction (and the occasional fantasy) for kids.

Her books have been praised in The Wall Street Journal, Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Journal, and other publications and have been selected for several “best of” lists for children’s literature.

Her most recent book, Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d (Candlewick, February 2017), has received three starred reviews.

Before she began writing for children, she was an award-winning reporter for Minnesota Public Radio. A long-time contributor to National Public Radio, she also reported from Mexico and South America for the independent production company Round Earth Media.

These days as well as writing books for kids, she also makes occasional appearances in the guise of a travelling alchemist.  Most recently, she was honored to be invited to the amazing Gravity Fields Festival, a celebration of the life of Isaac Newton held every two years in Grantham, England.

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She also makes school visits!  If you are interested in having her visit your school, please contact her through this website.

(What IS this Magic and Alchemy Show, you ask?  A description follows….)

Before Isaac Newton was a world- famous scientist, he was a lonely boy who lived in the attic of apothecary’s house. In the apothecary’s workshop, he could watch what he (and everyone else in those times) believed was magic.

But what, exactly, did apothecaries and alchemists DO? Why did they believe it was magic? And how could someone who believed in magic—and grew up to be the world’s greatest alchemist—ALSO discover the secrets of the universe?

Find out at the Magick and Alchemy Show and reading by children’s author Mary Losure, author of Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d.