Leonardo da Vinci Gets A Do-Over

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Innovators in Action! Leonardo da Vinci Gets A Do-Over

By Mark P. Friedlander, Jr.

The passing of the great Renaissance Master Leonardo da Vinci—artist, anatomist, engineer, inventor, musician—marked the end of an era. The world hasn’t seen a visionary like him since.

... Until now.

On a school trip to Florence, Italy, three American middle school students are in for a treat when a man who claims to be Leonardo da Vinci—brought back to life with a mission to better humankind—crashes their tour. Too bad he isn’t really the celebrated Master of the Renaissance… or is he?


Will the students be able to help Leonardo evade the mayor of Florence’s selfish grasp so he can complete his quest before his time runs out again? Tag along with Max, Tad, and Gina as they assist Leonardo on his pursuit, discover the secrets of his life, and teach the Maestro about modern science, math, history, art, and more!

Treat yourself to an engaging story of great discoveries in this first book in the new Innovators in Action series.

See the feature on CBC's Book Power Showcase!

"With non-stop action and fascinating content, students will be on the edge of their seats—making discoveries all along the way."
— Sonya Smith, Curriculum Specialist, Center for Technology Outreach, Mississippi State University

“Friedlander has skillfully embedded academic concepts into this inventive and entertaining story...Kids will love the interweaving of fact and fiction!"
— Mary Smigel, BSED/MSED, Elementary Education/Gifted Education,
Montessori Academy of Lancaster

"It is an easy read filled with deep opportunities for teachers to help students explore, just as the characters do in the story."
— Cassondra Zielinski
Mercer University Atlanta, Georgia

Check the rest of the reviews here!

Can't wait to join Max, Gina and Tad in Italy? Read this sample chapter.

Leonardo da Vinci Gets A Do-Over is the first work of juvenile fiction by Mark P. Friedlander Jr., the award-winning author of juvenile non-fiction works including the acclaimed Outbreak: Disease Detectives at Work, The Immune System, and When Objects Talk.

Check out why he wrote Leonardo da Vinci Gets a Do-Over!

Take a look at our Activity Sheet, full of fun games and facts about our books!



Listen to the interview Down Under on ABC's The Science Show with Robyn Williams featuring Science, Naturally! president, Dia Michels.

Check out the press release for more information here!

Want to learn even more about da Vinci? Take a look at these resources.

Check out the Leonardo da Vinci Condensation with information on the book including topics addressed, reviews, an excerpt, and resources available.





Download the Teacher's Guide here!






Articulations of Curriculum Standards
STEM Grant Proposal
Check out the book page on TeachingBooks.net

The front cover may be reproduced freely without modification for review or non-commercial educational purposes.

Awards and Accolades

  • "Brain Child," Tillywig Award Winner
  • Book of the Year, Creative Child Magazine
  • Finalist, International Best Books Awards
  • Editor's Choice, Library Media Connection
  • Featured in Children's Book Council's Seasonal Showcase, "Good vs. Evil"
  • Recommended Title, Learning Magazine
  • Featured on The Science Show, ABC Radio
  • Check out this video review from Jennifer Skaggs!

Product Specs

Middle Grade Blended STEM Fiction
Ages 10-14
Grade Level: 5-9
5.5” x 8.5”
Guided Reading Level: M-Z
ISBN 13: 978-0-9678020-6-0
ISBN 10: 0-9678020-6-7
Paperback $12.95
208 Pages
E-book $11.99
E-book ISBN 13: 978-0-9700106-4-3

About the Author

Mark P. Friedlander, Jr. was born in Washington, D.C. and raised on the farms of Fairfax County, Virginia. He attended and graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in procrastination; then served in the Air Force as an aviator during the Korean War. After the war, he received a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and launched a career as a trial lawyer and book writer. He has authored and co-authored books on subjects ranging from aviation to the immune system to deadly diseases to forensic science to Shakespeare and now Leonardo da Vinci. He proclaims that during all the years, while he moved from bachelorhood to parenthood and on to grandparent-hood, he has been able to retain a healthy and juvenile mentality. Mark can be reached at Mark@ScienceNaturally.com

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