Project Description

25 October 2022
RRP: $35.00
ISBN: 9781922848079
Hardback, 128 pages
253 x 196 mm
Juvenile Nonfiction

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Brilliant Minds

by Shannon Meyerkort and Amy Blackwell

Did you know that some of the world’s greatest minds struggled at school?

Here are thirty people who may not have been top of their class but who have used their dyslexia to their advantage and changed the world for the better.

Read about the ways that these record-breakers, game-changers and risk-takers managed their dyslexia, persevered through hardships and followed their passions to great success. Be inspired by people like Dame Agatha Christie, Sir Richard Branson, Jamie Oliver, Erin Brockovich, Muhammad Ali and Steven Spielberg.

This book is an empowering reminder for all kids struggling at school that they can achieve great things with their brilliant minds.

About the Author

Shannon Meyerkort is a West Australian author who enjoys finding meaningful real-life stories which can be turned into narratives. She comes from an academic background in the health and social sciences, loves research and is a complete history nerd. Shannon has written several prize-winning short stories, is a Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre 2022 Fellow and was awarded a place on the 2020 Four Centres Emerging Writers Program. As well as writing accessible stories for her youngest daughter who has dyslexia, Shannon is currently working on (at least) two novel manuscripts. She lives in Perth with her three daughters, two bunnies and a dog who rules them all.

About the Illustrator 

Amy Blackwell is an artist and a creative dabbler based in Nottingham, UK. She’s inspired by the weird and wonderful; clashing colours; the natural world; history; fashion and folklore. If there’s any opportunity to draw patterns on something, she’ll give it her best shot. Amy has had an online illustration and art business since graduating from university in 2007. She began illustrating books in 2018 including Earth Heroes and Aretha Franklin (Little People, Big Dreams #44). Brilliant Minds is Amy’s second book with Affirm Press following the popular Rise Up!, published in 2019.