The Great War is over, and change is in the air, in this novel that brings to life the exciting days of early British radio…and one woman who finds her voice while working alongside the brilliant women and men of the BBC. London, 1926. American-raised Maisie Musgrave is thrilled to land a job as a secretary at the upstart British Broadcasting Corporation, whose use of radio—still new, strange, and electrifying—is captivating the nation. But the hectic pace, smart young staff, and intimidating bosses only add to Maisie’s insecurity. Soon, she is seduced by the work—gaining confidence as she arranges broadcasts by the most famous writers, scientists, and politicians in Britain. She is also caught up in a growing conflict between her two bosses, John Reith, the formidable Director-General of the BBC, and Hilda Matheson, the extraordinary director of the hugely popular Talks programming, who each have very different visions of what radio should be. Under Hilda’s tutelage, Maisie discovers her talent, passion, and ambition. But when she unearths a shocking conspiracy, she and Hilda join forces to make their voices heard both on and off the air…and then face the dangerous consequences of telling the truth for a living. READERS GUIDE INCLUDED

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Author by Sarah-Jane Stratford
Genre Fiction
Publisher by Penguin
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ISBN-10 9780698195295
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As you climbed the rickety stairs of an old woolshed at Sydney harbor in 1944, you would hear a thrum of clicks and buzzes. Rows of men and women in uniforms and headsets would be tapping away vigorously at small machines, under the careful watch of their young female trainers. Presiding over the cacophony was a tiny woman, known to everyone as "Mrs Mac," one of Australia's wartime legends. A smart girl from a poor mining town who loved to play with her father's tools, Violet McKenzie became an electrical engineer, a pioneer of radio, and a businesswoman. As the clouds of war gathered in the 1930s, she defied conventions and trained young women in Morse code, foreseeing that their services would soon be sorely needed. Always a champion of women, she was instrumental in getting Australian women into the armed forces. Mrs Mac was adored by the thousands of young women and men she trained, and she came to be respected by the defense forces and the public too for her vision and contribution to the war effort. David Dufty brings her story to life in this heartwarming and captivating biography.

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Author by David Dufty
Genre History
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ISBN-10 1760876658
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“Finally, Professor Adams has given us a book everyone who ever worked around a microphone should read and share with a young person, because it is a profound joy and comfort, and reflects the power and glory of an earlier America and radio’s rile in carrying that banner”—Broadcast Legends “Well illustrated with book and magazine covers and technical diagrams of radios that should delight engineers, young and old”—Dime Novel Round Up “Very enjoyable, informative and well-written”—Antique Wireless Association Journal “Lots of fun period illustrations that will interest any fan of bygone radio topics.”—Radio World “More complete than any previous published work on the subject…read the book”—Glendale Daily Planet “Excellent…well-illustrated…radio amateurs and radio buffs with an appreciation of history and society will enjoy this one”—ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio “Brings back to life an entire genre of children’s books about electrical communication”—Communications Booknotes Quarterly Series fiction about wireless and radio was a popular genre of young adult literature at the turn of the 20th century and an early form of social media. Before television and the Internet, books about plucky youths braving danger and adventure with the help of wireless communication brought young people together. They gathered in basements to build crystal sets. They built transmitters and talked to each other across neighborhoods, cities and states. By 1920, there was music on the air and boys and girls tuned in on homemade radios, often inspired by their favorite stories. This book analyzes more than 50 volumes of wireless and radio themed fiction, offering a unique perspective on the world presented to young readers of the day. The values, attitudes, culture and technology of a century ago are discussed, many of them still debated today, including immigration, gun violence and guns on campus, race, bullying and economic inequality.

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Author by Mike Adams
Genre Literary Criticism
Publisher by McFarland
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Author by Margaret Penrose
Genre Adventure stories
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The Campfire Girls of Roselawn is a charming children's novel with a surprisingly modern message about the amazing feats girls can pull off if they set their minds to it. Out of school for the summer, chums Amy and Jessie become entranced with radios and spend most of their time fiddling with this new invention. When they hear a cry of distress over the wires, the pair become involved in a mystery. The Campfire Girls of Roselawn is a fun and fast read for young and old alike.

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Author by Margaret Penrose
Genre Juvenile Fiction
Publisher by The Floating Press
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ISBN-10 9781775562634
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Can a girl from a middle-class Irish Catholic family living in Newark, New Jersey, in 1938 find fame and fortune (or even a job) as a radio star? Tune in to this unforgettable historical novel to find out. Poignant, often hilarious, it's the story of a family in crisis. Just as artful deception, smoke and mirrors characterize radio reality, so lies, secrets, and profound misunderstandings mark fourteen-year-old Cece Maloney's life: her secret job at a radio station, a cheating father, an aunt who may be romantically involved with the parish priest, a boy-crazed best friend, and a ham radio operator and would-be soldier both lying to their parents. The worlds collide on the night of Orson Welles's famous "The War of the Worlds" broadcast. As thousands flee in panic from the alleged Martian invasion, Cece must expose the truth about the radio hoax and confront the truth about her own and her family's dishonesty.

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Author by Carol Brendler
Genre Juvenile Fiction
Publisher by Holiday House
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ISBN-10 9780823430093
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Author by Peter William Dykema
Genre Radio and music
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Author by Julia Lina Sauer
Genre Children's literature
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ISBN-10 UCAL:$B308910
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7-year-old Sophia Spencer was bullied for loving bugs until hundreds of women scientists rallied around her. Now Sophie tells her inspiring story in this picture book that celebrates women in science, bugs of all kinds and the importance of staying true to yourself. Sophia Spencer has loved bugs ever since a butterfly landed on her shoulder--and wouldn't leave!--at a butterfly conservancy when she was only two-and-a-half years old. In preschool and kindergarten, Sophia was thrilled to share what she knew about grasshoppers (her very favorite insects), as well as ants and fireflies . . . but by first grade, not everyone shared her enthusiasm. Some students bullied her, and Sophia stopped talking about bugs altogether. When Sophia's mother wrote to an entomological society looking for a bug scientist to be a pen pal for her daughter, she and Sophie were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response--letters, photos and videos came flooding in. Using the hashtag BugsR4Girls, scientists tweeted hundreds of times to tell Sophia to keep up her interest in bugs--and it worked!

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Author by Sophia Spencer
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
Publisher by Tundra Books
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Case study of the life of a feminist organization in a changing political and funding climate.

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Author by Mary P. Sheridan-Rabideau
Genre Social Science
Publisher by SUNY Press
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ISBN-10 9780791479063
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