Mattie and the Machine


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$12.99  $12.08
Santa Monica Press
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5.0 X 8.0 X 0.65 inches | 0.57 pounds

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About the Author

Lynn Ng Quezon has published several short stories and book reviews in publications such as Cricket magazine and The Fandom Post. She is also a member of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Quezon is a licensed engineer in the state of California.


"[An] empowering, well-paced STEM narrative . . . By populating the cast with resourceful women, such as Mattie's roommate Eliza and her coworker Ida, a widowed mother of two, Quezon examines historical societal working conditions and expectations through a nuanced, feminist lens."-Publishers Weekly

"[A] gracefully written work that covers historical views of gender roles in the workplace and family. Mattie's relationships are well developed, the writing overall is smooth and engaging, and the historical setting very well drawn. An appendix shows the actual patent text and drawings for Knight's machine. An intriguing story about a little-known woman."--Kirkus Reviews

"Mattie is a marvel! Her cleverness and quick thought entertain and enlighten in this 19th century world of invention and intrigue. Lynn Ng Quezon's historical novel feels authentic and accurate to the time as Mattie holds her own against men less brilliant than she. A must read for STEM students and history buffs alike!"--Julie Chibbaro, award-winning author of Into the Dangerous World, Deadly, and Redemption

"Mattie and the Machine is a surprisingly twisty tale, full of betrayal, romance, grit, friendships, machinery, and a protagonist you can't help rooting for! With women still largely underrepresented in STEM fields, Mattie's story of perseverance remains as inspiring and relevant today as Margaret E. Knight's was 150 years ago."--Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of the Lunar Chronicles

"Mattie (Margaret) Knight stands out not only for her height (she is six feet tall at age 15) but for her uncanny ability to fix anything mechanical. . . . This book is based on the true story of Margaret Knight and her struggles to apply for and receive patents for her inventions. Mattie's inner dialogue and conversations with friends seem in-character for the time . . . . The misogyny of the time is portrayed realistically."--School Library Connection

"The story of Margaret (Mattie) Knight is an inspirational tale of the trials and tribulation of the invention process, told through the eyes of a woman trail-blazer in the 19th century who must overcome overt discrimination, assumptions of her ability based on her appearance, theft, and betrayal, while on her path to success. Mattie and the Machine is refreshing in its realism: scientific innovation is indeed filled with trials, tribulation, doubt, competition, failures, and setbacks. Yet, the story is one of optimism in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles--for Mattie, the pathway to success is one of self-advocacy, and standing up for what is right in the face of one's enemy, driven by an unwavering belief in one's purpose. What a positive message for tomorrow's innovator!"--Angela D. Lueking, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor Research & Dean of the Graduate School, Montana Technological University

"What a delightful book about a little-known, but inspirational woman who persisted in the face of prejudice. This is a story which reminds us that truth matters."--Cliff McCarthy, archivist, Springfield Museums