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Ellie, Engineer

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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  252 ratings  ·  72 reviews
The hilarious and smart start of a series about a girl who loves to build—STEM-powered, creative fun for girls.

Ellie is an engineer. With a tool belt strapped over her favorite skirt (who says you can’t wear a dress and have two kinds of screwdrivers handy, just in case?), she invents and builds amazing creations in her backyard workshop. Together with her best friend Kit,
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 16th 2018 by Bloomsbury USA
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Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ellie is exactly the type of character that we want to see more of in children’s chapter books. She is friendly, kind, imaginative, creative and inventive. She is breaking stereotypical boundaries that dictate that girls and boys have to be, act and look a particular way. Ellie likes to wear dresses, but she also likes to invent and create and build and wear a tool belt. What is also wonderful about Ellie and Kit is that they are not afraid to make mistakes - although the hair braiding machine c ...more
Caitlin Zonder
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am so in love with this book! I just adored Ellie and I am so glad that this is going to be a series.
I love that Ellie, as a 3rd grader, has a tool belt and wears it over skirts! Love the message that both girls AND boys should be able to like whatever they want to. Girls being engineers, boys drinking tea with pinkies up!
I think this holds a special place because I was, and still am an Ellie. I also am so glad Ellie will be around for my girls to read and be inspired by!
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
My seven-year-old son is an engineer like Ellie and loved this so much I got him his own copy to treasure when we have to return the library copy. Yay. I appreciate many aspects of the book, such as encouraging boys and girls to be friends with one another and not making judgements based on gender. There's "girl power" without berating boys and I think it's a book boys and girls could both enjoy. The accompanying illustrations, while few and far between, are delightful as they are Ellie's engine ...more
Ms. Yingling
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
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Ellie loves to build things, drawing up plans and using her impressive array of tools to create and build all manner of innovative projects. When her best friend Kit's birthday is approaching, and the friends overhear that Kit is getting Miss Penelope, a dog, Ellie sets out to build a dog house. She needs some help, and even though the neighborhood boys are annoying, she enlists the help of Toby for a lot of the project. She also asks some other girls to help with the wa
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great middle grade read! Ellie wants to be an engineer and in fact, already thinks she is one. She has her own tool belt, which she straps on over her skirt, and gets to work building things. Mostly she builds with her best friend, Kit, and they start off by building a giant slingshot to shoot water balloons in a group of boys in another yard. Ellie makes sure to write detailed explanations of all her projects (and whether or not they were successful) in her notebook (illustrations includ ...more
Vera Godley
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Girls will love reading about the interesting things in which Ellie and her friend Kit involve themselves. Most of it is pretty standard tween stuff but some of it is pretty much off the wall because Ellie is quite an unusual girl. She envisions solutions and those solutions are things she makes or builds. She is a tool-weilding, solution-finding, object-building, girly friend to have around.

Parents today are afforded the opportunity in today's world to raise their boys and girls to be creative
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ellie loves to solve problems by building solutions. For instance, when the neighborhood boys won’t let Ellie and her friend Kit join in their soccer game, she designs and builds a water balloon launcher and soaks them! When she hears that Kit’s mom is going to get Kit a dog for her birthday she decides to build her a dog house for her birthday present. It’s going to be her biggest project yet and will require help from a lot of other kids. Can she keep this project a secret from her very best f ...more
Burgandy Ice
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is fun and a fast read for a young reader, maybe 3rd to 5th grade. The main character has an awesome tool belt and tree house and tackles projects with enthusiasm. I love Ellie's personality and the idea behind the book... that we can all be ourselves and do things that we like to do, outside of "typical" for our gender or age. The drawings though-out the story keep it moving along quickly and are just right.

This is a STEM book... STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and m
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pierce is a cute, quick read about a young girl, Ellie, who likes to build and design inventions. This book is one that I would consider a must-read for parents with young children because of the attack on our societal view of how young girls and boys should act, and what they should like. It has such a positive message for today's children.

Ellie is very active about likely, something as a society is considerably more "boyish", and at points in the novel, she even stat
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-mg
I especially loved all the illustrations with Ellie’s sketches and plans! Along with the typical conflicts between friends that is characteristic of middle grade books, there are lots of pranks and a lot of creative problem-solving. Ellie is a very positive and energetic character and I wanted to hang out with her and make something.

This book is noteworthy since it showcases girls who love science and building as well as tea parties and French-braiding. It also shows how sometimes many different
Heather Pearson
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, stem
nice little series for middle school readers.

Along with a solid story line, readers are introduced to the concept of planning and carrying out a construction project. The safe use of each tool is also discussed.

The boys and girls learn that building things is not just for boys or for girls, but something that they can do together.
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a SUPER cute story! I like the interest in engineering and the fact that Ellie likes both engineering, power tools, and fluffy "girly" things.

I think my only complaint is that the story feels very... white. The characters don't seem like they are very diverse.
Ellen Sun
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: grade-2
I liked how Ellie never gave up even. Though it was hard work to build a good dog house.
Sarah Monsma
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
When the boys of the neighborhood exclude the girls from their soccer game, Ellie Engineer and her best friend Kit strike back by building an amazing water balloon launcher and soaking them all. The water balloon launcher is just one of the many engineering ideas that Ellie keeps in a notebook in her tool belt along with her hammer, two screwdrivers, and her prized possession, a mini electric drill. Ellie loves engineering, and all the neighborhood kids are eager to help, but the ins and outs of ...more
Dena (Batch of Books)
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
SUCH a cute book! I read this with my two daughters, ages 7 and 9 and they loved it. They couldn't stop talking about Ellie's projects and her friends.

It's a very cute, very girl-centric story about a girl that loves to build things. She gets annoyed when the boys in her neighborhood won't let her play soccer with them, so she builds a water balloon launcher and soaks them.

There's much more to the story besides neighborhood rivalries, though. Ellie deals with various friend drama, white lies, a
Kellee Moye
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I so often hear stories from women my age that share that they loved science or nature or math when they were younger but that they were steered away from that those interests in little ways that they don’t even remember, but they do remember just not loving science anymore. This is exactly the scenario that has raised awareness in the need for STEM or STEAM books, programs, and role models for young girls. Ellie Bell is a
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Young Emily (whose dad built her a kid-sized tool bench) would have loved this book. Adult Emily (who recently brought her power drill to work to build a bookshelf) DID love this book!

Ellie is now my inspiration, building clever projects from nothing, and bringing all the neighborhood kids (girls AND boys) together for one epic build.

Loved the message in this book that there aren't girl things and boy things, there are just Ellie things!
Sara Fox
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ellie is a smart, young girl who likes "boy stuff" and "girl stuff". She likes to build and create things, play soccer, get dirty, wear pretty skirts (with her tool belt, of course), and have tea parties with her best friend, Kit. Ellie has a notebook where she keeps track of all her projects including the water balloon launcher (which was a hit) and the French Braider (which was not a hit). Ellie likes to draw out her ideas first in her notepad and use materials found in her workshop or parents ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ellie, Engineer, by Jackson Pearce, (Jan. 2018, Bloomsbury USA), $15.99, ISBN: 9781681195193

Recommended for readers 7-10

Ellie is a 9 year-old engineer: she can take darn near anything apart and make it something even cooler. Most of the time. When she sets out to make an amazing birthday gift for her best friend, Kit, she finds herself in the middle of a friendship mess: the girls normally don't like the "jerk boys", but Ellie's discovered that they're not so bad after all. So she works with eac
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ellie loves to design and build useful things and her best friend Kit is usually in on her projects, but this time Ellie might be on her own since this new creation will be Kit’s special surprise birthday present. When the girls overhear Kit’s mother discussing the delivery of Miss Penelope, they are sure that Kit is getting the dog she has always wanted even though her father and sibling are allergic to dogs. Ellie is determined to give her friend a homemade dog house, but such a big project in ...more
Jeanne Wald
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading “Ellie, Engineer”, which is the first book in a series by the same name, written by Jackson Pearce.

The story has great characters, funny situations (like chasing of a dog wearing a pants-scarf and accidental activation of a bug security system) as well as strong messages about gender stereotypes, honesty, team work and friendship.

The main character Ellie is a smart budding engineer. She wears a tool belt over her skirt, considers a cordless drill the best Christmas prese
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So, my nieces and nephew are big time fans of graphic novels. Usually what happens is that I’ll bust out a book, and they’ll immediately check to see how illustrated it is. Upon inspecting Ellie, Engineer with its modest chapter illustrations, the three of them were quick to express their disappointment. So, I started reading it out loud. It just so happened, I was in the room with their mother and grandmother, and within five pages, the entire room had stopped what they were doing to pay attent ...more
Thank you to @NetGalley and @bloomsburypublishing for providing me with a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

What a fun book! The book starts with a boys vs girls issue that Ellie solves by inventing a giant water balloon launcher, but as the book progresses, Ellie learns that we can't and shouldn't always divide things by gender. One area where Ellie is sure that gender doesn't matter is engineering and it is her biggest passion.

I really liked that there were a wide variety of ch
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I approached this book with mixed feelings, but was quickly enchanted by this fun-loving kid who loves to invent and build. In the opening pages of this chapter book, we meet Ellie and her best friend, Kit. They are deeply absorbed in building a large water balloon launcher out of broomsticks, exercise bands, and Ellie’s dad’s funnel (let’s hope the holes Ellie drills in the funnel don’t prevent him from changing his oil!).

While the invention itself is cool, I adored the reason WHY Ellie needed
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ellie, Engineer is a great novel about a girl who does it all. Why not be interested in tools and tulle? Ellie has a creative mind and wants to turn her imaginations into realities. When Ellie learns that her best friend and co-inventor, kit, is getting a new dog, she wants to do nothing other than build it a doghouse. Can Ellie manage this difficult task or has she finally found something that just can't be done? Find out be reading this creative story of a little girl interested in much more t ...more
Lynn  Davidson
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This is a fabulous book to encourage girls (and boys) that they can do anything they're interested in - not just what has been thought to be "just for girls" (or "just for boys"). It's a fun story about a girl who loves to build and considers herself to be an engineer in training. Her best friend, Kit, is having a birthday soon, and Ellie decides to build her something special. She secretly gets help from Toby - one of the boys who wouldn't let the girls play soccer with them, and also secretly ...more
Amanda Kearney
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ellie, Engineer is a fun chapter book about a young girl who likes to build things. Ellie is very creative and has a big personality. The book starts with her and her friend kit building a water balloon launcher to hit the boys who won't let them play soccer. It shows the "boy and girl" rivalry in grade school, but it also shows that boys and girls can come together for a common cause. A boy who Ellie did not get along with at first, helped her build a dog house for her best friend Kit. This is ...more
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read an egalley from Netgalley.
Ellie is a girl who likes to wear dresses that match her best friend Kit, and she also likes to build things. She has a notebook of ideas, which includes a balloon launcher she uses to retaliate when the neighborhood boys won't let Ellie and Kit play soccer.
When Kit and Ellie eavesdrop on Kit's mom and find out that Kit is getting Miss Penelope for her birthday, Ellie sneakily includes the neighborhood in building a doghouse. Hurt feelings occur. Can Ellie finall
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
kidlitexchange #partner I received a review copy of this book as part of the Kidlitexchange network. Opinions are my own.

I loved Ellie, Engineer. This story is so cute! This book follows Ellie and her friends as they attempt to engineer and build a birthday present for Ellie’s best friend, Kit. The story sends wonderful messages about friendship, teamwork, and telling the truth. It also touches on the topic of “gendered” activities (such as tea parties, for example), which I really liked.

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