Alexander Graham Bell is best known as the man who invented the telephone, although there were some who disagreed and brought multiple lawsuits against him. From the series "Uncharted, Unexplored, and Unexplained, Scientific Advancements of the 19th Century," this account of the life of one of the world's best-known inventors is an informative and very enjoyable read. Amply illustrated with period photographs and drawings, the book is filled with lots of little-known facts. Did you know that Bell invented the first metal detector; that he built the first airplane to fly in Canada; that he was the first to use the term "greenhouse effect"; and that he was one of the founders of National Geographic Society? At the end of the book, readers will find a chronology of Bell's life, a timeline of discoveries related to the development of communications, chapter notes, a brief glossary, suggestions for further reading and an index. 2005, Mitchell Lane Publishers, Ages 9 to 13.
Anita Barnes Lowen