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A Time When Girls Went Uneducated - Featured Spotlight

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Momentum is a captivating historical fiction novel about Dr. Maria Montessori, who was born in Chiaravalle, Italy, and grew up in a time when girls went uneducated. From an early age, Maria defied societal norms, becoming one of the first female doctors in Italy and going on to revolutionize education with a method that has spread around the world.

Taking its bones from a real diary written by Dr. Montessori in 1913 chronicling her first voyage to America, Momentum is a fictionalized retelling of that same voyage. Told from Maria’s perspective and written directly to her son, Mario, the novel illuminates their complicated relationship and how he came to be raised by others while she focused on her work.

Dr. Montessori’s own telling of events barely written about in biographies reveals what led to the decisions she made and her feelings about those choices, and provides an inspiring portrait of a woman who overcame countless obstacles to reform education and brings recognition to the unlimited potential of every child.


“Simply brilliant--no, complexly brilliant. I have never read a more absorbing, unflinching, intense embodiment of biographical fiction.”

- Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab’s Wife

"E.G. Slade has added a profound new book to the literature around Dr. Maria Montessori's life that takes readers on a first-person historical fiction narrative that embraces Montessori's personal life, her journey into motherhood, and ultimately, her humanity as the person behind this incredible movement."

- Mariana Bissonnette, author of Babies Build Toddlers

E. G. Slade is the author of Rest Stops, a coming-of-age novel that won the Next Generation Indie Book Award in 2012. In 2021, she published the nonfiction book, Montessori in Action: Building Resilient Montessori Schools with John Wiley & Sons. She is currently co-authoring Finding Ground with Allison Jones, a book about teaching at the elementary level which is forthcoming from Parent Child Press.

In addition to writing, E.G. serves as the Executive Director of Public Montessori in Action International, an organization committed to ensuring fully-implemented Montessori education for children, families, and educators of the global majority. She earned her AMI Elementary Diploma from the Washington Montessori Institute, her AMS Administrative Credential at the Center for Contemporary Montessori Studies, and her Master of Fine Arts in writing from Spalding University.

Visit E.G. Slade at her website and on Instagram.

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