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Bright Sparks

Written by Owen O'Doherty

Debuts of the Month Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers General Non-Fiction Science

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Amazing Discoveries, Inventions and Designs by Women

Literacy Association of Ireland Award: Age 10-13 - 2019 | Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020

Bright Sparks charts discoveries, inventions and designs by women that have changed people’s lives, from the paper bag to the structure of DNA. Originally written for his daughter, this labour of love is a real celebration of stories still too rarely told.


Bright Sparks Synopsis

An introduction to fifty extraordinary discoveries, inventions and designs by inspirational women. From windscreen wipers to the life raft; coffee filters to emergency flares; Apollo Mission software to Monopoly: women have discovered, invented and designed some of the most important things we all take for granted, but many of their names are unknown. Meet incredible inventors from around the world, and learn how inventions happen. This beautifully illustrated book is a guide to remarkable, practical, skillful and amazing inventions by women who have made their mark on history. With a step-by-step guide to inspire and encourage readers to come up with their own inventions, Bright Sparks is an empowering book that celebrates the minds of women that resulted in some of the most striking discoveries, inventions and designs in history.

Bright Sparks Press Reviews

I think we will all get it, kids, adults, everyone! -- Jenny Greene - 2fm's Nicky Byrne Show

having inspired young readers with accounts of past breakthroughs, O'Doherty then does something very important for bright sparks of the future. Through a series of inventing tips, he encourages curiosity, the identification of problems, and processes for solving challenges ... not to mention patenting the next big idea -- Evening Echo

if you're on the lookout for inspiring reading materials for a younger audience, we have just the thing ... a moment of parenting genius ... this impressive hardback covers everything from the invention of the retractable dog lead to the coding structure of DNA -- Sunday Business Post

well explained, brief summaries of their work are placed alongside intriguing illustrations to give the reader a glimpse of these in an inspiring, delightful series of vignettes. This book answers many questions, and who knows, may just be the incentive for get your young entrepreneur going. An exceptional non-fiction book that will give not only information that will make you want to investigate further, but will fascinate and entertain for hours and hours -- Fallen Star Stories

an inspiring new read and will encourage children to see that they can change the world --

the perfect gift for a young enquiring mind ... fascinating ... should boost the self-confidence of all those bright girls out there who might be inclined to hide their light under a bushel -- Tuam Herald

as well as filling the many gaps in our appreciation and awareness of women inventors and designers, tips and encouragement are offered to would-be inventors -- Irish Examiner

absolutely fascinating -- Sarah Webb - RTE Radio 1's Sean O'Rourke Show

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ISBN: 9781788490542
Publication date: 17/04/2020
Publisher: O'Brien Press Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788490542
Publication date: 17th April 2020
Author: Owen O'Doherty
Publisher: O'Brien Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 48 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Non-Fiction, Science
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month

About Owen O'Doherty

Owen O'Doherty is an architect who lives in Dublin with his family, including two inventive kids. He has over twenty years' experience working on all sorts of projects from small buildings to urban regenerations and has also taught urban design and architecture in Dublin and London. For the past nine years he has worked in Dublin City Council. This has included working on projects to develop skills and understanding of design and its role in innovation and improving our living environments. Bright Sparks is his first book.

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