Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Elsie MacGill
Meet the trailblazing engineer whose work on a Canadian fighter plane helped the Allied forces in their World War II victory.
A full-colour picture book biography! Great for fans of the Ordinary People and Who Was/Who Is series!
Meet Elsie MacGill: the world's first female aeronautical engineer!
In this amazing addition to the Scholastic Canada Biography series, young Canadians will learn about the trailblazing Elsie MacGill, whose work on the Canadian-made Hawker Hurricane fighter helped the Allied forces to victory in World War II.
Elsie was born in 1905 to a mother who was a feminist pioneer in her own right. Elsie grew up fully expecting to follow her dreams. And she did. Elsie was first woman to graduate from the University of Toronto's electrical engineering program. Elsie went on to earn a master's in aeronautical engineering, but contracted polio the day before her convocation. She battled back, and a storied engineering career followed, including being in charge of the tooling and manufacture of the famous Hawker Hurricane. Later in her life she was a champion of women's rights and her work shaped many of the protections we now enjoy.
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!
About the Author/Illustrator
Elizabeth MacLeod is the author of many notable Canadian non-fiction titles including Canada Year-By-Year, and several critically acclaimed biographies. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and enjoys reading, swimming, theatre and tap dancing. Mike Deas is an author/illustrator of graphic novels. His love for illustrative storytelling comes from an early love of reading and drawing while growing up on Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Canada.