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I, Ada by Julia Gray

I, Ada

Ada Lovelace: Rebel. Genius. Visionary

Julia Gray

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Category: Children's
Imprint: Andersen Press Ltd
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Publication date: 3 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9781839130076
4 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
21 Aug 2020

"Ada’s imagination is irrepressible, from her love of fairies to her fascination with Euclid and steam engines"

Gray captures cleverly the horror of the plain, book-gobbling child being born into a celebrity family, without any knowledge of her pa, the star at its centre. Much of the story takes the form of a mystery in which Ada catches glimpses of her father from those who knew him. Her mother refuses to discuss him in detail, even after his death (until a theatrical reveal at the end). Gray gives us a basic maths tutorial along the way, but, appropriately for youngish readers, the details of Ada’s discoveries play second fiddle to her upbringing...