Innovators in Action!: Leonardo da Vinci Gets a Do-Over

Innovators in Action!: Leonardo da Vinci Gets a Do-Over

by Mark P. Friedlander


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The passing of great Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci—artist, anatomist, engineer, inventor—marked the end of an era. The world hasn’t seen a visionary like him since.

… Until now. On a school trip to Florence, three American middle school students think they are in for a treat when a man who claims to be Leonardo da Vinci, brought back to life with a mission to better humankind, crashes their tour. Too bad he isn’t really the celebrated Master of the Renaissance … or is he? Tag along as Max, Tad, and Gina assist Leonardo on his quest while discovering the secrets of his life and teaching the Maestro about science, math, history, art, and more! Will the students be able to help Leonardo evade the mayor of Florence’s selfish grasp so he can complete his quest before his time is up… again?

Leonardo da Vinci Gets A Do-Over is the first adventure in this new and exciting Innovators in Action blended fiction series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780967802060
Publisher: Science, Naturally!
Publication date: 12/07/2014
Series: Innovators in Action Series
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 734,461
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Mark P. Friedlander, Jr. is an attorney in Fairfax, VA. An Air Force pilot in the Korean War, he loves studying technology, history and science. He has written extensively, for both adult and young adult audiences, on subjects ranging from Shakespeare to aviation history, contagious diseases to forensic science. He can be reached at

Table of Contents

Innovators in Action: Leonardo da Vinci Gets a Do-Over
ISBN 13: 978-0-9678020-6-0

Table of Contents

Why I Wrote This Book 15
Prologue 17
Chapter 1: The Meeting 21
Chapter 2: The Adventure Begins 35
Chapter 3: The Awakening 43
Chapter 4: The Bicycle 49
Chapter 5: The Department Store 61
Chapter 6: The Afternoon 69
Chapter 7: The Plan 83
Chapter 8: The Airplane 87
Chapter 9: The New Challenge 101
Chapter 10: The Entertainer 111
Chapter 11: A Lesson Learned 127
Chapter 12: The University 137
Chapter 13: Back Home 155
Chapter 14: The Final Adventure 169
Who was the Real Leonardo da Vinci? 187
Continue Reading about Leonardo da Vinci 189
Glossary 193
Index 201

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YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
What is the driest thing you have ever seen? A desert, sandpaper, or unbaked pasta? Recently, I have changed my answer to this book's writing. In a confusing scenario, Da Vinci is forced to work for humanity in the future because ‘he did to little for his time.’ Now, he is in the modern day, and is found by a few kids on a field trip. Hijinks, an airplane ride, and corrupt Pisan politicians ensue, and they speak like a textbook. Yes, this is an educational book, which is very important to know going in. About a half to three quarters of each chapter are explanations of various scientific matters, explained in ways that made most of them redundant to an eighth grader. The remainder of the writing involves the cast speaking like robots and motivations that lack any shred of realism. Although the book can have the occasional joke, the remainder fell flat and the book was a chore. Although I suppose it could be used to supplement the work of younger students, I would recommend that the book is avoided, lest you listen to a pilot explain aviation in a way that makes WALL-E’s speech look like a good use of voice. Charles M, 13, Richmond Area Mensa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book! I've been reading it with my daughter who loves chemistry and biology and although she was a little scared to read a book about ghosts, but she immediately got into it once she solved the first mystery. After that she got hooked and wanted to keep reading more books with me about ghosts and mysteries. We're both excited for the second book in the series of League of Scientists. I recommend this book for any parent or grandparent to share with their niece, nephew, son, daughter or for themselves, it's that good of a read!