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How Engineer Raye Montague Revolutionized Shipbuilding

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By Jennifer Swanson

Illustrated by Veronica Miller Jamison

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Discover the hidden figure who created the first comprehensive computer program to design ships for the US Navy.
Girls like Raye Montague weren’t supposed to like math or science, or go to engineering school. But tenacious Raye had a plan, one that eventually took her all the way to the US Navy. There, she was assigned an impossible task: to come up with a single computer program that could design every part of a ship. It had never been done before—but Raye’s groundbreaking program revolutionized the way ships and submarines were built, and set her on a path to become a pioneering figure in naval engineering and the navy’s first female program manager of ships.
Award-winning author Jennifer Swanson and acclaimed illustrator Veronica Miller Jamison celebrate a self-made engineer who worked around anyone and anything that stood in her way in this illuminating biography about never giving up on your dreams.


On Sale
Nov 19, 2024
Page Count
40 pages

Jennifer Swanson

About the Author

Jennifer Swanson is an award-winning children’s author of more than forty-five nonfiction and fiction books, including National Geographic Kids Brain Games and Outdoor School: Rocks, Fossils, and Shells (a Kirkus Reviews Best Book), as well as the co-author of The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for Inventing the World. She is also the creator and co-host of the award-winning podcast Solve It for Kids. When not writing, Jennifer loves to walk along the ocean watching for dolphins and sea turtles near her home in Florida. Visit her online at jenniferswansonbooks.com and @jenswanbooks.
Veronica Miller Jamison is the illustrator of A Computer Called Katherine (written by Suzanne Slade)—which received state nominations from Arkansas and Pennsylvania, and was named a Best STEM Book and an Outstanding Science Trade Book by the NSTA and CBC—and This Is a School (written by John Schu). Veronica spent nearly a decade in broadcast news before embarking on a career in illustration and fashion and currently works as a print designer for Lilly Pulitzer. Veronica grew up immersed in the stories of her family’s history in the south and Caribbean. She invites you to visit her online at veronicajamisonart.com.

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Veronica Miller Jamison

About the Illustrator

Veronica Miller Jamison is an illustrator whose clients include Essence Magazine, Bloomingdales, and Hallmark. A Computer Called Katherine is her debut picture book. She is an alumna of Howard University and Drexel University, and she lives outside Philadelphia. She invites you to visit her online at veronicamarche.com.

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