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Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets (Brave New Girls #1)

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This collection of sci-fi stories features brainy young heroines who use their smarts to save the day. Girls who fix robots and construct superhero suits, hack interstellar corporations and build virtual reality platforms. Who experiment with alien chemicals and tinker with time machines. Who defy expectations and tap into their know-how—in the depths of space, or the boun ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by CreateSpace
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Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Let’s talk about honeybees. A couple of years ago, my husband the science teacher was talking to my son about bees. My husband is allergic, and we don’t know if my son is because he’s never been stung. But he was trying to assuage my son’s fears by explaining the importance of bees to our existence. How important are they? Very. Like, if the bees go away, there goes the planet. That is simplistic, I know, because bees aren’t the ONLY things that pollinate, but…
Anyway, bees have been on my mind
Kayne Spooner
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is great for teens that love science. I teach high school science and just put this in my classroom. The short stories have teens that use science to overcome dystopian societies, crack codes, create inventions, investigate cyberspace, repair robots, work with holograms and even save the honeybees.
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So this is a collection of short stories and it's really awesome because they're all about badass girls. What's better than sci-fi settings and badass girls? Nothing I tell you! I had to read this because of the premise, I mean did you see the description? "Let’s show the world that girls, too, can be tomorrow’s inventors, programmers, scientists, and more." Yes, let's.

I'm bad at reviewing short story collections...I never know if I should review each individual story or want and then it's hard!
Susan Barton
What a fantastic concept for an anthology. A book that highlights a diverse group of intelligent young heroines is sure to be a hit among youngsters and adults. The stories contained within Brave New Girls (Tales of Girls and Gadgets) are as varied as the contributing authors are. All are unique and all include positive, scientifically inclined role models.

I especially love the fact that all of the proceeds go to a great cause – a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. Sharing
Roan Reedling
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Young heroes bright of intellect and spirit

I ached to write a review after each of this book's fresh and novel stories. But I stomped on the urge 'cause I itched to witness whether the story that followed would bear out my sense that the next always bested the last. And it did, every time, though I'm positive that would've happened regardless of the order read.
These stories amazed me, one after another, with how much world-building, character development, and human experience the authors could c
Russ Colchamiro
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great collection of sci-fi shorts for young readers and the young at heart, plus it supports a great cause - we need more women and girls in tech. Brave New Girls is an eclectic mix of stories across space opera, dystopia, cyberpunk, and time travel. Many highlights include Tash McAdam's dystopian thriller "Panic," Kimberly Giarratano's "Graveyard Shift," and George Ebey's take on near-future Mars, "Helen of Mars." If you like sci-fi anthologies that feature female characters in the le ...more
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I really appreciate the motivation of the anthology. Each of the stories includes a short author bio, and thoughts on the theme, and a few of them really resonated with me. It would be nice to get to a world where being a woman in STEM does not make you stand out as if you were a unicorn. This would be a great read for a young girl, as it has strong female role models, as well as plenty of action.

There are some really good stories - I enjoyed particularly "Helen of Mars", "A Little Bit Truer",
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a charity anthology in aid of getting more girls into STEM, which is something I wholeheartedly support. Like any anthology, it resembles Forrest Gump's box of chocolates, and some stories are more successful than others, but overall I recommend it.

I read a pre-publication copy which I received via NetGalley (in expectation of an honest review). Given that this is presumably still to have another editing round, it's remarkably clean, apart from occasional missing words in some stories--o
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So far I've only read Kimberly Garnick Giarratano's contribution "Graveyard Shift", since she is my favorite author! I loved it! I've never in my life gasped while reading a book. Until now! She really caught me by surprise at one point. I did not see that coming! Great story! Great read! I also love that the proceeds from this book are going to be donated to a scholarship fund through The society of Women Engineers! I am really looking forward to reading the rest of this book.
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
After coming off of a long series it was hard to get into short stories. I felt like they were just getting started and then BAM they were over. ;) Each stories left me wanting to know more about the characters, even though that story was perfectly wrapped up. I just hated to see them go. Can't wait to look up some of the authors' solo works! :)
A.A. Jankiewicz
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I picked up my copy of Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets a few years ago at Ad Astra where I had a chance to meet a few of the authors in person and was intrigued by the mission of the anthology. Being myself a girl, or young woman rather, in the tech field, the themes in the stories reminisced with me on a personal level. I was one of a handful of girls in my Contemporary Media Production program and prior to that in high school, the only girl in the Communications Technology class an ...more
Jennifer Lee Rossman
I'll be honest, not all of the stories grabbed me and I did skip over some. But that's good with an anthology because it means there's a great variety of styles and plots. Something for everybody.
And the stories I did enjoy, I LOVED. Especially the second to last one, which I think was based on the Kelly-Hopkinsville alien encounter of 1955, if I'm remembering the details correctly.
(And it was a nice surprise to see a story from my Circuits & Slippers sister, Leandra Wallace!)
I started reading this anthology back in 2015 and then I put it down for 2 freaking years. Why?! My biggest regret is not writing little reviews for each of the separate stories I read back then. All I can say is: some stories spoke to me more than others, but on the whole I really enjoyed this anthology!
Karen Eisenbrey
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This delightfully varied collection should appeal to any reader who enjoys concise, fast-paced SF action stories. They're intended to inspire girls to persue STEM careers, but boys (and adults) will not feel left out. Each story has a female protagonist, a girl between 14 and 16 who uses her smarts and tech skills to solve the problem at hand. Some stories are set now or in the near future, others in the far future of deep-space travel and colonization. Some of the heroines are inventing or codi ...more
Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it
I received a review copy of this book for review. You can read my full review of the book at my blog,

Brave New Girls was an interesting collection that definitely showcases young heroines who are smart and brave, standing up against corporations and constructing suits and programmes along the way. I was hoping for more characters specialising outside of engineering (but still in the sciences) but given the focus of the anthology and whe
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, short-fiction, sf
I'm always cautious about reading anthologies, because they can be a mixed bag--I much prefer collections by a single author. However, this anthology sparked my interest because of its theme, and the fact that the proceeds were being used to fund an effort to attract more young women to STEM fields.

Overall, the the quality of the writing was very good. A few stories fell prey to common issues like POV inconsistencies and a tendency to indulge in infodumping, but those could be fixed with tighter
Trista Borgwardt
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brave New Girls is an anthology of short stories about cool heroines who are smart, independent and there is usually some cool kind of technology involved. From robots, mars rovers to time machines, this book is sure to have something in it that everyone can enjoy. There are several different stories by many different authors and I truly enjoyed each story that I read. There were certainly some stories that left me wanting more and I could see there being additional shorts or maybe a full novel ...more
Steph Bennion
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I really liked this collection. The stories, though all science fiction, cover quite a lot of ground, from technological traumas on Earth to short slices of space opera. Some worked better than others, while one or two seemed more like 'chapter one' of longer stories. Girls and gadgets have been neglected by sci-fi writers for too long.
Cameron Currie
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good, solid anthology; there wasn't a single story (there were 18 in there!) that I didn't enjoy. Despite having a very specific niche, the main characters were all unique and interesting.
Eisah Eisah
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Phillip III
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I recently received a copy of the newest sci-fi anthology, BRAVE NEW GIRLS. I have stated a few times that I am not a fan of short stories, and for that matter, anthologies. However, I will admit this was a book of shorts I was looking forward to reading. I just hoped I wouldn't be disappointed.

Let start by describing the book itself. At just over 380 pages (paperback), the collection of eighteen stories is edited by Paige Daniels, and Mary Fan. The cover, by Streetlight Graphics, is compelling
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I prefer works of long fiction, but when asked to take a chance on this anthology of science fiction tales and advanced AI, I couldn’t resist the urge to know what lay inside.

I am happy to report that as I read, each story was better than the last. A truly well written assortment of quality writers that spoke to me as a current STEM student myself.

Readers will not be disappointed as robots, hackers, aliens and interstellar space travel fill these pages.

Need a quick read in-between classes? Or lo
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author, Kimberly G. Giarratano, for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

I have to admit I didn't read the whole anthology (and it's actually been a couple of months), but I just realized I never got around to reviewing it, so here I am!

I love that the stories inside are focused on girls who are technologically gifted. Whether they live on a different planet, or in an alternate reality where everything is machine-driven, these girls are no pushovers. They use their
Mariana  Nguyen
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
4.5 stars

Brave New Girls is a great sci-fi anthology. Beside the fact that this book is for a great cause - all proceeds go to a scholarship for the Society of Women Engineers, but the concept for the anthology is also very fascinating and unique. I mean, who doesn't love badass girls who use their brains to do awesome things, right?

Overall, Brave New Girls is a great book. As an anthology, Of course not every story is as great as the other. But if Brave New Girls' stories are good, then they wo
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher via a NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I liked several stories in this anthology, particularly the last three, and I think there is enough variety that most readers will be able to connect with many of them as well. While I wasn't interested in every story, I thought there was a nice mix of personalities, conflicts, and reading levels. Because this is a collection meant to inspire, the stories are upbeat and hopeful, but some of the endings feel a ...more
Diane Rapp
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Grandmothers will want to share this with their girls

This is such a clever anthology. I remember growing up in a world where girls were never good at math and science, so I made sure to hide my report card (with its straight As) from friends on the bus. I loved school, excelled at math and science, but felt embarrassed to let anyone know. The most popular girls looked beautiful and tried to sound dumb. UGH! If we'd had stories like the ones in this book to encourage us to stretch our brains and
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a charity anthology written for children and teenagers and my rating shall reflect that.

The stories are a mixed bunch in quality and depth; there are stories which fall quite flat for me at 34, but I would have loved to read at 8 or 12.

My favourite stories were:

"A little bit truer" by Valerie Hunter about Zay, whose mother is a famous travel-journalist and left Zay with her scientist sister and now wants her daughter to come and travel the stars with her after seeing her only sporadic f
Stephanie Faris
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets celebrates women and technology. Many of the stories are futuristic but they all revolve around smart, tough, kick-butt heroines who are brilliant with tech. My favorite stories were The Mad Scientist's Daughter, the tale of a young inventor who works hard to hide the fact that her father is a much-hated inventor; Blink, a story about a young girl and a time machine; Lyra, a futuristic take on Cinderella about an artificial-intelligence system that goe ...more
Nicholas George
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I liked or loved every story in this book until I got to the final "Takes a Hacker" story by Mary Fan. It was so disappointing to end the book with a story that, while having the heroine triumph in the end, still managed to consistently use "girl" as an insult. After so many positive stories that I would be ecstatic to share with a young reader (girl or boy), this story seemed to only reinforce stereotypes that girls are weak, not good at science, worth only the value of their looks, and deservi ...more
Chasia Lloyd
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super fun and entertaining anthology about teen girls with STEM field interests in sci-fi settings. The upbeat and simple tone of the book is more for younger teens than the older ones, but I think everyone can find several stories they enjoy in this. Lots of diversity mentioned but nothing touched on with any great detail, which made most of the heroines kind of run together. Still a good read that encourages young girls to see themselves as science and action heroines.
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Paige Daniels is the pen name of Tina Closser. By day she works as an Electrical Engineer and Mom mushing her kids from gymnastics and violin practice. After the kids go to bed, she rocks out with her headphones turned to eleven and cranks out books. She is an uber science geek. If she wasn't married to the most terrific guy in the world, she would be a groupie for Adam Baldwin.

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