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The girl with a mind for math : the story of Raye Montague / written by Julia Finley Mosca ; illustrated by Daniel Rieley.

Mosca, Julia Finley, (author.). Rieley, Daniel, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at Kenton County. (Show)
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Kenton County Public Library.

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Covington Branch J B M759m (Text) 33126022549053 JBiography Available -
Erlanger Branch J B M759m (Text) 33126022549046 JBiography Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781943147427
  • ISBN: 1943147426
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 26 cm.
  • Publisher: Seattle, WA : The Innovation Press, [2018]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Invalid ISBN printed on page facing title page is for a different book in the series.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and filmography.
Summary, etc.:
This is a rhyming-text picture book about Raye Montague. After touring a German submarine in the early 1940s, young Raye set her sights on becoming an engineer. Little did she know sexism and racial inequality would challenge that dream every step of the way, even keeping her greatest career accomplishment a secret for decades. Through it all, the gifted mathematician persisted-- finally gaining her well-deserved title in history: a pioneer who changed the course of ship design forever.--Dust jacket.
Subject: Montague, Raye, 1935-
Women marine engineers > Biography.
Engineers > Biography.
African American women > Biography.
Marine engineering.
Shipbuilding.

  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2018 August

    K-Gr 2—A picture book biography on the life and work of engineer and computer analyst Raye Montague. As with other titles in the series, Mosca tells the story of her subject's inspiration, perseverance, and hard work in rhyming couplets. Shunted into a business degree when she had hoped to study engineering, Montague's first job out of college was as a typist for the Navy. She observed closely, took night classes, and, one day when the entire white male engineering staff called out sick, seized the opportunity to demonstrate her mastery by completing their tasks as well as her own. In 1971, she used a computer program she had written to design a submarine, completing a task that had previously taken months in under one day. However, her contributions were not widely acknowledged for decades. Mosca calls out the systemic and interpersonal racism and sexism that threatened Montague's career and credits Montague with the determination and genius needed to get the job done anyway. While the rhymes are somewhat forced in places, the overall tone and message, as well as Rieley's appealing cartoonish illustrations, creates a positive, accessible portrait of an unsung hero of science. Back matter includes a letter from Montague to readers, a time line of Montague's life, and a more detailed biographical sketch directed to older readers. VERDICT A solid addition to the picture book biography shelves and STEAM curricula for young readers.—Jennifer Costa, Cambridge Public Library, MA

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

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