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Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Elsie MacGill

Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Elsie MacGill

illustrated by Mike Deas, by Elizabeth MacLeod

ISBN 9781443170208 Hardcover
32 Pages | 9.300" x 9.300" | Ages 6 to 10
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Meet Elsie MacGill, internationally renowned aeronautical engineer and feminist!

In 1929, Elsie was the first woman in the world to earn a master's degree in aeronautical engineering — which she had to accept from a hospital bed after contracting polio. But Elsie wasn't going to let anything interfere with her love of engineering and airplanes. When World War II broke out, it was Elsie who oversaw the production of Canada's Hawker Hurricane, a war plane that was very important for the Allied forces. And Elsie's achievements weren't limited to the skies. She also fought hard for women's rights in Canada.

Elsie had some very big things to accomplish... so she just got down to work!

Written by award-winning author Elizabeth MacLeod, this portrait of Elsie MacGill is the first ever written for younger readers. The simple text and full-colour, comic-flavoured illustrations by Mike Deas bring this fascinating story to life!

Praise for Scholastic Canada Biography:

"The story is fast paced, with dramatic, emotion-filled scenes. Meet Viola Desmond should be in libraries across Canada." (Meet Viola Desmond) CM Magazine

"...Illustrating Viola Desmond's story this way will draw readers in and hold their attention while telling an important story ..."CanLit for Little Canadians


  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice), 2021
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Award (Atlantic Canada), 2020
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection, 2020
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets, 2019


Rights Sold

  • French (N. Amer) - Éditions Scholastic

Selling Points

  • The latest title in this acclaimed, lively and colourful biography series that is unlike anything available for children today.
  • STEM and women in STEM are important, trending topics in education.
  • Can serve as an introduction to equality, women's rights and larger issues.
  • A new “Hidden Figures” story!


Also by
Elizabeth MacLeod

  • Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Willie O'Ree
  • Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Tom Longboat
  • Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Viola Desmond
  • Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Chris Hadfield
  • Colossal Canada

Contact Information

Maral Maclagan, Rights and Contracts Manager | 416-915-3524
604 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1E1

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