Product Details
List Price:
$19.95
Ages:
10 to 14
Grades:
5 to 9
Pages:
224
Trim Size:
8" x 10"
Published:
09/2018
Imprint:
Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-556-0
Illustrations:
Archival images

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About the Book

Overview

In this middle-grade nonfiction title, award-winning author Mary Morton Cowan explores the extraordinary achievement of Cyrus Field and one of the greatest engineering feats of the nineteenth century: laying a transatlantic telegraph cable to create instant communication between two continents. Cyrus Field had a big dream to connect North America and Europe with a telegraph line, which would enable instant communication. In the mid-1800s, no one knew if it was possible. That didn’t dissuade Field, who set out to learn about undersea cables and build a network of influential people to raise money and create interest in his project. Field experienced numerous setbacks: many years of delays and failed attempts, millions of dollars lost, suspected sabotage, technological problems, and more. But Field did not give up, ultimately realizing his dream in the summer of 1866. Mary Morton Cowan brilliantly captures Field’s life and his steadfast determination to achieve his dream. Back matter includes an author’s note, timeline, bibliography, source notes, and index.

Reviews

“This detailed biography, filled with archival reproductions, chronicles Field’s rise from a penniless paper mill worker to one of the richest men in New York City. Cowan relates the scientific and historical events that shaped the process….there is much for young entrepreneurs to learn.” -Booklist

Meet the Author

Mary Morton Cowan

Award-winning author, Mary Morton Cowan, has focused on writing for young readers for more than twenty-five years. She is a native of Maine and a graduate of Bates College, where she concentrated her studies in English and Music. Cyrus Field’s Big Dream: The Daring Effort to Lay the First Transatlantic Telegraph Cable, is her second biography.Earlier books include: Captain Mac: the Life of Donald Baxter MacMillan, Arctic Explorer, which received multiple awards, including the National Outdoor Book Award and the Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award; Timberrr… A History of Logging in New England, for which she was awarded a work-in-progress grant by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and which received Maine Library Association’s Lupine Honor Award; and a historical novel, Ice Country.Her articles and stories have been published in more than eighty issues of children’s magazines, including Highlights for Children and Cobblestone. Several have been reprinted in textbooks and anthologies, some are included in reading comprehension programs for standardized tests, and a few are online.Mary has long been involved in child development and education. She has taught piano and organ lessons, assisted in school reading and writing programs, worked in informal educational youth organizations, and served as a library aide. For many years, she lived in Rochester, New York, and was active in the Rochester Area Children’s Writers and Illustrators group (RACWI). Since moving back to Maine, she has taught adult education writing courses and served as a career mentor for middle- and high-school students. A member of Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and SCBWI, Mary is a visiting author in schools and speaks to a variety of community groups. She and her husband live near Sebago Lake in Maine. Visit marymortoncowan.com

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