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Wonder Kids

The Remarkable Lives of Nine Child Prodigies

by Charis Cotter

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Meet nine amazing talents whose passions shone early.

Every kid is good at something. But imagine being so passionate about it that grown-ups flock to see you in action. Wonder Kids explores the lives of nine young talents whose amazing abilities attracted widespread attention.

Phillis Wheatlely, a black slave in colonial Boston, was 14 when her first poem was published. A young Stevie Wonder was wowing audiences with his harmonica solos at the age of 12. And silent-film star Buster Keaton was hurtling through the air on a vaudeville stage when he was only 3.

Other child prodigies featured are:

  • Maria Gaetana Agnesi, an Italian linguist fluent in seven languages by age 13(1718-1799)
  • Clara Schumann, a German pianist who made her professional debut when she was 9 years old (1819-1896)
  • Fanny Mendelssohn, a German composer whose work as a teen caught the ear of Queen Victoria (1805-1847)
  • Dai Vernon, a Canadian child-magician who went on to become the only conjurer to fool Houdini (1894-1992)
  • Wang Yani, a Chinese artist who began touring with her paintings of monkeys when she was just 4 years old (1975-present)
  • Terence Tao, an Australian mathematician who attended university at age 9(1975-present).

Compelling profiles tell the stories of how these young wonders' abilities were discovered and developed, and of how they used their gifts as they grew up. Complete with captivating photographs and links to their works, Wonder Kids is a true celebration of not-so-tiny talent.

 

Contributor Notes

Charis Cotter is an editor and author of Kids Who Rule: The Remarkable Lives of Five Child Monarchs as well as other books for adults and young readers. She lives in Toronto.

 

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 11
Grade:
4 to 6
Editorial Reviews

Some people seem to arrive on this planet with amazing talents that are apparent at a very early age. Wonder Kids looks at nine of these extraordinary children and what they accomplished. Poet, musician, artist, composer, magician, mathematician, linguist, polyglot, performer--each of these children, whose lifetimes span the years from 1753 to the present, excelled in a different discipline, making history with their abilities. Photographs, sidebars and illustrations make this an appealing book for the target audience, and suggestions for ways to "Spend More Time" with each of the profiled people are included to encourage further research. Children with an interest in a particular area of expertise or who like to read about real people will enjoy Wonder Kids. Another book about extraordinary young people, also by Charis Cotter and published by Annick is Kids Who Rule: The Remarkable Lives of Five Child Monarchs.

— Canadian Teacher

Readers who pick up the book to read about a famous prodigy will probably find themselves delving into other chapters of this well-designed and quite readable volume.

— Booklist

Cotter doesn't hesitate to highlight the difficult parts of a prodigy's life...but she also shows readers that gifted individuals are not that different from themselves.

— School Library Journal

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Wonder Kids: The Remarkable Lives of Nine Child Prodigies

Meet nine child prodigies from three centuries, including Phillis Wheatley, Clara Schumann and Terence Tao. Find out how they were discovered, the struggles that shaped their lives and how their dazzling talents stunned the world. Contains photos, sidebars, bibliography and index.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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