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Hedy and Her Amazing Invention (Amazing Women)

Jan Wahl, Morgana Wallace (Illustrator)


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A 2020-21 Scripps National Spelling Bee "Great Words, Great Works" Book Selection

★"A luminous tribute to a remarkable woman who carved out an independent and creative life of her own design." --Foreword Reviews, starred review

★"An engaging introduction to Lamarr..."--Booklist, starred review

Hedy Lamarr wasn't just a famous Hollywood actress. She was also an important inventor

In one of the first books written for children about the amazing life and work of actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr, and one of the final books written by Coretta Scott King Honor and Christopher Medal-winner Jan Wahl, readers will be entranced by all that Hedy accomplished on and off the big screen. In chapter-picture book style, Hedy and her Amazing Invention teaches kids about the pioneering scientific work and inspiring courage of Hedy Lamarr, the famous Hollywood actress who fought against old-fashioned parents, a domineering husband, prejudice, and stereotypes to become an accomplished inventor whose work helped pave the way for many of the communications technologies we enjoy today, from Wi-Fi to GPS to signal-blocking devices. Through collage-work illustrations and accessible text, Wahl and Wallace provide context to the concept of Lamarr's most famous invention with fun and ease. This story is for anyone looking for an uplifting biography about a fearless 20th century woman who knew her worth and was determined to utilize all of her talents to make the world a better place. The first book in Penny Candy's Amazing Women series.

Penny Candy Books, 9780998799995, 36pp.

Publication Date: February 5, 2019

About the Author

Jan Wahl was the author of over one hundred children's books, including Coretta Scott King Honor-winner Little Eight John and the Christopher Medal-winner Humphrey's Bear. Bowling Green State University awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his work in children's literature and in the history of film. Jan was an active speaker at schools, conferences, and writing workshops across the country. He lived in Toledo, Ohio.Morgana Wallace was born into an artistic family in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and later moved to Victoria, British Columbia, where she studied at the Victoria College of Art, before becoming a full-time artist. As a child, she was captivated by book illustrations, and still believes they are as important as the narrative. Her medium is mainly paper collage, but she incorporates watercolor, ink, and pen to create her imaginary world of characters. She has had several successful shows at Victoria's Madrona Gallery, as well as completing four commissions for the British children's magazine, Aquila. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.