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.
★"Jan Wahl distills the eventful life of Hollywood actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr in this grade school biography. It is illuminating and illustrated and is sure to be inspiring for young scientists with its message that 'Hedy wanted to be more than just a pretty girl'...A luminous tribute to a remarkable woman who carved out an independent and creative life of her own design." —Foreword Reviews, starred review
★"The main narrative offers an engaging introduction to Lamarr, and, in an appended note, Wahl shares his recollections of meeting her on three occasions. A Canadian artist, Wallace contributes richly colored illustrations created with layers of cut paper, pen and ink, and watercolors. Notable for portraying their subject with consistency, clarity, and beauty, these distinctive collages enhance the book’s appeal to a broad audience."—Booklist, starred review
"Morgana Wallace’s charming collage illustrations convey the intelligence and charisma of this newly appreciated pathbreaker."—Washington Post
"This is a clear and interesting portrait, and Hedy is portrayed as a strong, intelligent woman full of talent and innovation and is sure to provide young readers with inspiration and encouragement to investigate new ideas of their own."—Kirkus Reviews