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Nonfiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 128
Themes: inventions, inventors, innovators, science, curiosity, tenacity
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 02/Apr/2019
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Don't be afraid to try! Make connections! Be persistent! Ask questions and never take no for an answer! Learn the secrets and amazing stories of successful inventors!

How to Become an Accidental Genius is full of inspiring tales of famous and lesser-known inventors who have changed the world, from George Washington Carver, Mary Anderson (inventor of the windshield wiper) and inventor and actress Hedy Lamarr to Frank Epperson (of Popsicle fame) and Mary Sherman Morgan (The Woman Who Saved the U.S. Space Race). Readers will be amazed at the inventiveness of these geniuses. The book focuses on inventors from North America but includes stories from around the world. Organized into eleven chapters that highlight the qualities inventors have in common, the book also features profiles of inventive kids and teenagers.

Quill & Quire - April 12, 2019
"Here’s hoping books such as this one help to ignite the curiosity and problem-solving skills of future geniuses."
Booklist - March 27, 2019
"With many geniuses included and a good deal of space devoted to illustrations, each introduction is limited in length but usefully concise. An informative overview with an upbeat look and a lively text."
CM: Canadian Review of Materials - March 11, 2019
"A valuable contribution to the genre…Teachers involved with science fairs will want to share the wisdom of How to Become an Accidental Genius with the young and curious students under their guidance. Highly Recommended."
Resource Links - February 22, 2019
"A fantastic mini-encyclopaedia…Get your thinking caps on, be inspired and you may accidentally stumble onto something when you were thinking of creating something else! This is How to Become an Accidental Genius."
School Library Journal - January 23, 2019
"A worthy addition to the pantheon of books on inventors and inventions."
Kirkus Reviews - January 10, 2019
"An engaging tour of the inspirations behind a host of marvelous inventions."

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