Ernest Rutherford: Just an ordinary boy

$24.99 inc GST


Ernest Rutherford grew up in a tiny town in New Zealand. He had a curious mind and yearned to further his education.

But his family could not afford to send him to high school or university. Three times he tried for scholarships and each time he failed.

However, with perseverance and patience he finally succeeded, and he’d go on to become one of the world’s greatest scientists.

Ernest Rutherford is a story about New Zealand’s most famous scientist and not giving up on your dreams.

From the award winning author Maria Gill with stunning illustrations by Alistair Hughes. This is Maria and Alistair’s third collaboration about a significant event in New Zealand and the world’s history. Other books include The King’s Medal and Ice Breaker!.

Here is the Teacher Resource for Ernest Rutherford

“[Ernest Rutherford] seems exactly the kind of book that will inspire another child to do and to question.” – Poetry Box

Additional information

Dimensions 250 × 250 cm

Illustrated by Alistair Hughes, Maria Gill


Upstart Press





Publication Date

9 February 2023