Mark Friedlander’s new novel, Leonardo da Vinci Gets a Do-Over, has received a 2015 Finalist Award in the children’s educational book category of the International Book Awards. In this first book of a new Innovators in Action series from Science/Naturally, Leonardo has a second life as he is transported through time to the 21st century. Math, science, history and geography are embedded in the story as Leonardo is aided by three American middle-school students during their field trip to Florence. The merry adventure covers many Common Core and STEM learning requirements from which the publisher has developed a 60-page teachers’ guide. Leonardo Gets a Do-Over is also a Tillywig Award winner.
Meanwhile, Laura Elliott’s new historical novel, Da Vinci's Tiger, imagines the life of Ginevra de'Benci, whose portrait by Leonardo is the only one of the Italian master's works in the United States.