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The Unexpected Light of Thomas Alva Edison

(A book in the Turnabout Tales series)
A Picture Book by

From New York Times bestselling author and news anchor Raymond Arroyo comes the first book in the Turnabout Tales series—a picture book biography of one of America’s most famous inventors, Thomas Alva Edison, and a story about never giving up.

No one thought much of young Thomas Alva Edison. He couldn’t focus at school and caused trouble around the house. But where others saw a distracted and mischievous boy, his mother saw imagination and curiosity. At only seven years old, Al, as he was called as a young child, was educated by his mother at home, who understood his potential could be unlocked with non-conventional learning, allowing him freedom to explore, dream, and be inquisitive. Those early years of encouragement, motivation, and loving guidance shaped Al’s future and formed the courageous man who would apply those valuable lessons to inventing the phonograph, the motion picture camera, the light bulb, and more.

In The Unexpected Light of Thomas Alva Edison readers will:

  • meet the larger-than-life personality of Thomas Alva Edison

    hear an inspiring tale of how taking chances, failures, and struggles can lead to success and achievements

    learn about the power of curiosity and imagination

    See the importance of the words “Never give up!”

    take a carefully researched and actively told romp through history


    The Unexpected Light of Thomas Alva Edison includes:

    • an annotated list of resources and suggested reading

      realistic illustrations by artist Kristina Gehrmann

      an author’s note by Raymond Arroyo, the author of the bestselling The Spider Who Saved Christmas


      The Turnabout Tales series highlights little-known yet fascinating stories of historical figures who went from underdog to hero, and the adults who inspired them to be true to themselves and do big things that changed the world.

      Genre: Children's Fiction

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