Wonder Kids

Every kid is good at something. But imagine doing it so well that grown-ups flock to see you in action. Wonder Kids explores the lives of nine young prodigies who were born with extraordinary gifts—and worked like demons at their passions. Phillis Wheatley, a black slave in colonial Boston, was 14 when her first poem was published. Stevie Wonder wowed audiences with his harmonica solos at the age of 12. And silent-film star Buster Keaton was hurtling through the air on the vaudeville stage when he was only three. But the life of a wonder kid is not necessarily an easy one. The book describes how they were discovered, the struggles that shaped their lives, and how their dazzling talents stunned the world.


“... can offer rich opportunities for exploring the world through a special group of people.” —Quill & Quire 

“Cotter … shows readers that gifted individuals are not that different from themselves.” —School Library Journal 

“... an excellent little reference book full of very interesting material”—CM Magazine 

“Readers who pick up the book to read about a famous prodigy will probably find themselves delving into other chapters of this well-designed and readable volume.”—Booklist

Phillis Wheatley

Maria Agnesi

Clara Schumann

Fanny Mendelssohn

Buster Keaton

Dai Vernon

Stevie Wonder 

Wang Yani 

Terence Tao


2009 Storytelling World Award, Honor Title

Best Books for Kids & Teens 2009, Canadian Children’s Book Centre