THE GIRL WITH A MIND FOR MATH by Julia Finley Mosca
Kirkus Star

THE GIRL WITH A MIND FOR MATH

The Story of Raye Montague
From the "Amazing Scientists" series
by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 8
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

The true story of an African-American woman who broke barriers by reaching her potential as an engineer.

When Raye Montague saw a submarine at age 7 and learned that an engineer had built it, she found her calling. Her mother told her to stay strong and not let those who looked down on her because of her race and her gender hold her back. She attended segregated schools, and in college she was told that engineering was not taught to black students, so she majored in business. She became a typist in a place where they built submarines, and although her boss underestimated her, Raye paid attention at work and took classes at night. When the flu had most of the staff out sick, Raye did the engineers’ work “from MEMORY.” She got promoted and went on to design the first ship by computer. It was not all smooth sailing, though; only white men were invited to the unveiling of the ship she had designed, and she was still treated with disrespect. The use of perspective and artful composition in the simple illustrations conveys Montague’s isolation and her determination. The text, in light rhyming verse, condemns the unfair treatment she received (“No invite?! / ABHORRIBLE!”)—a great model for building awareness of racism and solid inspiration for achieving against the odds. The author interviewed Montague for her research, and further information culled from the conversation appears in the backmatter.

A fun read and an uplifting story. (timeline, biographical note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 4th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-943147-42-7
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: The Innovation Press
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2018




MORE BY DANIEL RIELEY

ChildrenPENGUINS DON'T WEAR SWEATERS! by Marikka Tamura
by Marikka Tamura
ChildrenME AND MISTER P. by Maria Farrer
by Maria Farrer
ChildrenTHE GIRL WHO THOUGHT IN PICTURES by Julia Finley Mosca
by Julia Finley Mosca

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenMAE AMONG THE STARS by Roda Ahmed
by Roda Ahmed
ChildrenLITTLE LEADERS by Vashti Harrison
by Vashti Harrison
ChildrenTHE BLUEST OF BLUES by Fiona Robinson
by Fiona Robinson
ChildrenADA TWIST, SCIENTIST by Andrea Beaty
by Andrea Beaty