Inventing the Personal Computer

The Spark of Invention
  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Compelling narrative nonfiction text presents the story of the personal computer's invention: why there was a need for it, its design and testing, the science behind it, and its lasting impact. Additional features to aid comprehension include a table of contents, fact-filled captions and callouts, infographics, a glossary, sources for further research, a listing of source notes, and an introduction to the author.

Momentum
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978-1-5038-0706-8
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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Narrative, Nonfiction
Category STEM
Copyright 2016
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Imprint Momentum
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2016-01-01
BISACS JNF051120, JNF061010
Dewey 004.16
Graphics Full-color photographs, Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.5 x 9
Lexile 670
Guided Reading Level S
ATOS Reading Level 4.6
ATOS Interest Level MG
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 180091
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Educational front/back matter, Glossary of key words, Index, Infographics, Informative sidebars, Phonetics, Primary-source text, Reviewed, Sources for further research, Suggested websites, and Table of contents
  • Early Days
  • Microprocessors
  • Altair 8800
  • Apple
  • Glossary
  • To Learn More
  • Source Notes
  • Index
Author: Angie Smibert

Angie Smibert is the author of several young-adult and middle-grade science fiction and fantasy novels. She has also written more than two dozen educational titles just like this one. She was a science writer at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for many, many years. She received NASA's prestigious Silver Snoopy award as well as several other awards for her work.

Reviews

A noteworthy review of The Spark of Invention from School Library Journal on April 1, 2016

These highlights in the history of modern technology offer light doses of names and dates, along with nontechnical descriptions of significant early tweaks or innovations. The volumes take snowboarding from the time it was called ‘snurfing’ through Shaun White’s… View →