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Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like an Inventor

By: Temple Grandin

World-renowned autism spokesperson, scientist, and inventor Temple Grandin presents personal stories, inventions, and facts that will blow young inventors' minds and make them soar.

ISBN: 9781524738204

JLG Release: Jul 2018


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Awards & Honors

Kirkus Best Books, Middle-Grade - 2018

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Part personal memoir, part historic study of inventions and biography, and part DIY instructions, this book packs in a lot. The result is an account of inventions and inventors and the thinking that motivates innovation. In Grandin’s introduction, she states, “My road to becoming an inventor and animal scientist began in boarding school Part personal memoir, part historic study of inventions and biography, and part DIY instructions, this book packs in a lot. The result is an account of inventions and inventors and the thinking that motivates innovation. In Grandin’s introduction, she states, “My road to becoming an inventor and animal scientist began in boarding school.” She goes on to offer a detailed account of her isolated childhood and eventual diagnosis of autism, which serves as a backdrop for her later achievements. The chapters are organized by invention materials and types, such as “Levers and Pulleys” and “Optical Illusions,” but each chapter contains such a vast amount of information and text that it is daunting. The author first states a personal account of her interests in the topic and then explains the historical context, including inventor biographies and a concluding project. There are not a tremendous amount of organizational tools, so accessing the information piece by piece is difficult. In addition, the very specific details of each story and history, and some of the diagrams, make the intended audience hard to determine. However, scientifically minded readers will find each section informative. VERDICT Consider for libraries where maker spaces are popular.—Patricia Feriano, Montgomery County Public Schools, MD

Book Details

ISBN

9781524738204

First Release

July 2018

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

609

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Page Count

240

Accelerated Reader

Level 7.6; Points: 5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 9.5; Points: 10;

Lexile

Level 1060L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Philomel

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

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