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The Next Level

(Ellie, Engineer #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  18 reviews
After Ellie's first elevator build goes terribly wrong, her parents decide her "punishment" is to assist an elderly neighbor, Mrs. Curran, around the house. Ellie and her friends Kit and Toby are really only supposed to help with little things, but Ellie can't turn down the opportunity to use her engineering skills here and there where she sees a need--because that's what ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Bloomsbury Children's Books
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Ellen Sun
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grade-2
I like how in the book Ellie said that anyone can do anything, girl or boy.
May 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Lucy, age 8, 5/1/21 (first book review as an 8 year old!)

Who is this book about?
Ellie the Engineer. It doesn’t say how old she is, but she looks 8 to 10 in the picture. Ellie likes to engineer, which means she builds a lot of things. Her friends are Kit and Toby, and they both help. Kit is a girl and Toby is a boy.
When is this book set: It does not say, but I think it’s like right now.
Where is this book set: Ellie’s house and an old person’s house, and her friends’ houses. I don’t
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ellie and her friends are back in their second middle grade novel about engineering. In this installment she learns how making assumptions about people based on their age or gender can hurt when her latest project (an elevator) goes wrong and the punishment is to help the older woman who lives in her neighborhood. Ellie thinks that just because she is older, Mrs. Curran should be what she calls “grandmotherly” by baking cookies and taking it easy and Mrs. Curran overlooks Ellie as the engineer f ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This sequel to Ellie Engineer finds our budding builder in fine form. With the help of her friends Kit and Toby, and is trying to build an elevator. In a safety run, to add weight, they use pickles Kit's mother has special ordered for an event, and the elevator topples, the pickles go crashing, glass breaks, they are ruined, and Ellie needs to be punished (not because her build didn't work but because they took someone else's stuff without asking.) Her punishment is that for a week she has to he ...more
Sandy Brehl
A worthy second title in this series about a third grade girl who claims engineering as her central identity. Friendships established in the intro title continue on in this story, allowing for additional misunderstandings and tensions to develop. Honesty again plays a role, and Ellie's unlimited confidence in her abilities ramp up the tension. "Ramp" was intentionally used to focus on the various word play and technical labeling of simple machines that are so effortlessly woven throughout the st ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Read an e-arc on Netgalley and some illustrations did not view properly.
Ellie is an engineer. She designs an elevator that she and her friend Toby and Kit try out, and break 40 jars of expensive pickles in the process. Since an engineer should always try to help people, Ellie's punishment is that she will need to help elderly Mrs. Curran. Mrs. Curran thinks Toby is the mastermind with the tools, so Ellie decides to show Mrs. Curran how much fun tools are, and that anyone can be an engineer.
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
And the second one is just as good as the first one. Good lesson from the main character about learning to be patient with others and yourself, asking others before borrowing, and about persistence, resilience, courage and more.
Katy Lovejoy
Dec 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Mixed feelings about this as a whole
PottWab Regional Library
Jul 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-new
Erica Flory
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really love these books.
Meghann Moses
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this book really inspired me to build and I really love it! (M- almost 8)
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book made me cry a little bit because I Sure Do Wish I Could Have Read This As A Kid (it combines crafting and engineering in a way i would have Loved)
Melissia Bruehl - Books and Sassy Lilacs
What did I think about Ellie, Engineer: The Next Level?
I received this book as an advanced review copy (ARC) from Netgalley. I’ve started to request more books for younger readers, which I just adore personally, but love finding great books like this for my daughters!

This book, and the character of Ellie, is adorable. I love the idea of a STEM book that is so endearing. Science was never my own personal strength, and with my husband being an Engineer I hope his influence will help this to be an
Cynthia Ayerdi
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great! This series encourages kids (especially girls) to become engineers.
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Amber Webb
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ellie Engineer faces new challenges in t the next book in the series. While Ellie continues to build and construct, she is learning how to deal with preconceived notions of some of her neighbors about who should use tools and who can be an engineer. As she changed her approach and perspective she sees that during views aren't always bad and aren't always permanent. I love Ellie and her friends and hope Pearce keeps telling her stories. ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Great message: engineering is for everyone. The story shows how Ellie solves some problems, not least of which is how to get her elderly neighbor to recognize that girls can engineer solutions just like boys. I think kids will enjoy these books but I would like to see more fun and more bouncing of ideas between Ellie and her two friends.
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