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The Girl Who Could Fix Anything: Beatrice Shilling, World War II Engineer

Beatrice Shilling wasn’t quite like other children. She could make anything. She could fix anything. And when she took a thing apart, she put it back together better than before. When Beatrice left home to study engineering, she knew that as a girl she wouldn’t be quite like the other engineers — and she wasn’t. She was better.

Still, it took hard work and perseverance to persuade the Royal Aircraft Establishment to give her a chance. But when World War II broke out and British fighter pilots took to the skies in a desperate struggle for survival against Hitler’s bombers, it was clearly time for new ideas. Could Beatrice solve an engine puzzle and help Britain win the war?

American author Mara Rockliff and British illustrator Daniel Duncan team up for a fresh look at a turning point in modern history — and the role of a remarkable woman whose ingenuity, persistence, and way with a wrench (or spanner) made her quite unlike anyone else.

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"Repeating text tied with comical illustrations allows readers to witness how the young White Englishwoman was atypical for her post–World War I period — few women shared her skills and interests, and most men were not ready to accept her — while mentions of her mistakes show her resilience and how she learned and grew.... An appealing biography that will inspire young scientists and those who may quietly rebel against the status quo." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Mara Rockliff
Illustrator Daniel Duncan
ISBN 1536212520
Publication Date Sep 28, 2021
Publisher Candlewick
Language English