Jacqueline Houtman, Author of The Reinvention of Edison Thomas

Event date: 
Sunday, April 18, 2010 - 2:00pm

Local author Jacqueline Houtman will read and sign from her recent middle grade novel The Reinvention of Edison Thomas.

About the book:
Eddy Thomas can read a college physics book, but he can’t read the emotions on the faces of his classmates at Drayton Middle School. He can spend hours tinkering with an invention, but he can’t stand more than a few minutes in a noisy crowd. With his prodigious science knowledge, Eddy invents a traffic-calming device to solve a safety problem, but he can’t invent a solution to his bully problem. Or can he? By trusting his new friends and accepting their help, Eddy learns that even the mechanics of friendship can be learned.

Jacqueline Houtman spent much of her life in training as a scientist, earning a PhD in Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the UW-Madison. After leaving the lab, she began a career as a freelance science writer. She has written for scientific journals, educational publishers, magazines, and nonprofits. Her middle grade novel, The Reinvention of Edison Thomas (Front Street 2010) is an example of what she calls “sciency fiction,” incorporating accurate science as an integral part of the story. Jacqueline is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the National Association of Science Writers, and the American Medical Writers Association. She lives in Madison Wisconsin with her engineer husband and two sciency kids.

Event address: 
A Room Of One's Own Books & Gifts
307 W Johnson St
53703-2218 Madison