The Girl Who Could Fix Anything: Beatrice Shilling, World War II Engineer by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Daniel Duncan


The Girl Who Could Fix Anything: Beatrice Shilling, World War II Engineer by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Daniel Duncan.  Candlewick Press, 2021. 9781536212525

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Hardcover

What did you like about the book?  This nonfiction book tells of a young girl who liked tools better than toys and could fix anything. She persevered in the face of sexism and finally got hired by the Royal Aircraft Establishment to write handbooks. She was eventually given the chance to work on real engines and became well known in her field. Her ingenuity helped the fighter pilots overcome a problem that had been baffling engineers and helped in WWII. Clear and detailed drawings bring the story to life.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Children ages 7-11

Who should buy this book?  Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Biography

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No, but close

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Vicky Tandy, Athol Public Library, Athol, MA

Date of review:  September 27, 2021

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