This biography of the great inventor should fascinate any prospective scientist or inventor. Although liberally buttered with contrived dialogue of the ""remarks-we-doubt-ever-were-made"" variety, the style is readable and entertaining. The vigorous and productive career of Edison is remarkable -- his lack of formal schooling, the years from twelve to fifteen in which he worked as a nown-butcher, telegrapher, publisher and chemist on a route of the Grand Trunk Railway running into Detroit, a position as a telegraph operator, and then the succession of inventions and fame. After the early years, Edison's private life is sketched very lightly, with the bulk of the book concerned with the great inventions dramatized in detail by the author in simple lucid language. Black and white sketches by Millard McGee. With its large print and attractive format, this is a worth- while addition to school libraries.