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Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Elsie MacGill

Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Elsie MacGill

by Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by Mike Deas

ISBN 9781443170208 HC
32 Pages | Ages 6 to 10
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Elsie grew up in the early 1900s, hoping to follow her dreams and inspired by her mother and grandmother — feminist trailblazers themselves. Elsie believed she could achieve great things. And she did. In 1927, Elsie was the first woman to graduate from the University of Toronto’s electrical engineering program. Two years later she became the first again, earning a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering. Elsie even wrote her final exams from a hospital bed after contracting polio!

Elsie continued her studies and worked during the Great Depression. As a professional aeronautical engineer, she used cutting-edge technology and design. During World War II, Elsie oversaw Canadian production of the Hawker Hurricane, an Allied forces bomber that was crucial for defeating the Nazis.

But Elsie’s achievements weren’t just in the skies. She also championed women’s rights and received many awards and honours. She was inducted into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame in 2012.


  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice), 2021
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Award (Atlantic Canada), 2020
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection, 2020
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets, 2019

Rights Sold

  • French (N. Amer) - Éditions Scholastic

Selling Points

  • The latest title in this acclaimed, lively and colourful biography series that is unlike anything available for children today.
  • STEM and women in STEM are important, trending topics in education.
  • Can serve as an introduction to equality, women's rights and larger issues.
  • A new “Hidden Figures” story!


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Elizabeth MacLeod

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Contact Information

Maral Maclagan, Rights and Contracts Manager | 416-915-3524
604 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1E1

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