Leonardo da Vinci Gets a Do-Over
Interested in buying rights? Click here to make an offer

Rights Contact Login For More Details

More About This Title Leonardo da Vinci Gets a Do-Over


After being dead for nearly 500 years, the great Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci is back! Readers tag along as 7th graders Max, Tad, and Gina become the reincarnated da Vinci's ambassadors of the modern age—and learn about history, art, anatomy, and STEM topics along the way. Inventive and fast-paced, this story is as engaging as it is educational.

Treat yourself to a fantastic adventure with this first book in the new Innovators in Action series.


Mark P. Freidlander, Jr. was born in Washington, D.C. and raised on the farms of Fairfax County, Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in procrastination and served in the Air Force as an aviator during the Korean War. After the war, he earned a law degree from the University of Virginia and then launched a career as a trial lawyer. He has Authored and coauthored books on subjects including Shakespeare, aviation history, immunology, contagious diseases, forensic science, humor, and now Leonardo a Vinci. His passion for learning about new subjects and passing this excitement in to kids helps keep him young at heart. He can be reached at [email protected]


“Teachers have a powerful new tool in this clever book. It beautifully blends one story across the entire curriculum. With non-stop action and fascinating content, students will be on the edge of their seats—making discoveries all along the way. Crossing the curriculum has never been so much fun!”
—Sonya Smith, Curriculum Specialist, Center for Technology Outreach, Mississippi State University

“This book is a delight! We used it to meet our science requirements without a significant realignment of sequence or reduction of teaching time. What makes it truly special is the range of cross-curricular opportunities found in every chapter. It is a rare book that offers so much opportunity for cooperation across disciplines.”
—Sue Garcia, Supervision-Curriculum Specialist, Retired Educator, Spicewood, TX

“Readers are treated to an intriguing view of history, mathematics, and science as these cross-century characters meet and exchange questions and explanations that help each other span a five century-long gap in knowledge. A fascinating and well-written story!”
—Daniel J. Bisaccio, Director of Science Education, Brown University

“Friedlander has skillfully embedded academic concepts into this inventive and entertaining story. Through Leonardo’s time travel and the middle schooler’s teamwork, this book explores all disciplines. Kids will love the interweaving of fact and fiction!"
—Mary Smigel, BSED/MSED, Elementary Education/Gifted Education, Montessori Academy of Lancaster

"Friedlander has devised a carefully woven, well-crafted story. Readers will surely wish they could join the American middle-schoolers who befriend a hapless and ever inquisitive Leonardo da Vinci when he inexplicably shows up in modern Italy on a mysterious search for a grand invention. Learning opportunities abound throughout this clever and imaginative journey."
—Robert Prezant, Ph.D., Dean, College of Science and Mathematics, Montclair State Univ., Montclair, NJ

"This book skillfully combines history, science, technology, engineering and math. Learning about da Vinci’s creative genius 500 years ago and watching as he struggles in the present is delightful and educational. He wonders if he would be considered as smart today, challenging students to understand context and compare medieval Italy with modern day America. A fresh and exciting way to engage kids, this book is the perfect tool to inspire learning!"
—Pamela Breitberg, NBCT, Lead Science Teacher, Emiliano Zapata Academy, Chicago, IL

"An American middle school group, touring Italy, comes upon a talented Renaissance reenator who insists he is Leonardo da Vinci, back from the dead. His story becomes much more believable when he produces seemingly authentic gold florins from his pouch. As he encounters the tools of modern life—photographs, bicycles, zippers—detailed concepts and discoveries fuel the story. If you want to learn about the process of invention, savor history, imagine a better future, or just enjoy a good read, sit down and savor this delightful adventure!"
—Mary Lou Blanchette Smith, Science Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, EASTCONN Educational Service Ctr, Hampton, CT

“What a delightful and unique approach to a book! If your school is involved in Problem Based Learning and cross-content curriculum integration, you’re in for an enjoyable, skillfully-done surprise. Kids will love reading and interacting with this story. Congratulations to Friedlander for his skillful blending of science, math, language arts, and history. This one’s a winner!”
—Anne Jolly, STEM Curriculum Writer and Consultant, Warrior, AL

"Leonardo da Vinci is reincarnated to the 21st century where he aspires to discover an invention to benefit mankind. He is accompanied by three middle schoolers; the plot progresses quickly as they grow into adulthood. This book would be an appropriate choice for guided reading or a book club with a focus on STEM topics. Bibliography. Glossary. Index."
—Tess Reed, LMS, Ocean Lakes Elementary, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Library Media Connection, March/April 2015

Exhibited At: International book fairs