Candlewick Press: 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. An author’s note and a list of selective sources provide additional information for curious readers.

This true story of a woman whose brilliance and mechanical expertise helped Britain win World War II is sure to inspire STEM readers and fans of amazing women in history.
suggested retail price (U.S./CAN):
$17.99 / $23.99
1536212520 /  9781536212525
on sale date:
Picture Books / Hardback
age range:
5 yrs – 9 yrs
# of pages/size:
48 / 8 7/8″ x 11″
grade range:
Kindergarten – Grade 4
Juvenile Fiction; Girls & Women; History; Science & Nature; Biography & Autobiography;

Author’s comments:
Mara Rockliff is the author of many books for children, including the Orbis Pictus Honor Book Mesmerized and Anything But Ordinary Addie, both illustrated by Iacapo Bruno; Around America to Win the Vote, illustrated by Hadley Hooper; Doctor Esperanto and the Language of Hope, illustrated by Zosia Dzierzawska; Jefferson Measures a Moose, illustrated by S. D. Schindler; Chik Chak Shabbat, illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker; and Me and Momma and Big John, illustrated by William Low, a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book and Golden Kite Award winner. She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with her family.

Illustrator’s comments:
Daniel Duncan is the author-illustrator of the picture book South and the illustrator of Mr. Posey’s New Glasses by Ted Kooser and The Purple Puffy Coat by Maribeth Boelts, among other books for children. Daniel Duncan lives outside London.

Engineering Topics
Women & Girls
Engineer (Mechanical)
Beatrice “Tilly” Shilling
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade

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