I know the author and received a PDF copy a day before the book’s publication date in exchange for an honest review.
This is a superb, well-written booI know the author and received a PDF copy a day before the book’s publication date in exchange for an honest review.
This is a superb, well-written book. It was a page-turner for me and it was hard to put down. I finished it in two days but in less than 24 hours.
I wish a book like this had been around when I was ages 9-16. I loved science when I was a kid but never really pursued it. I’m recommending this book to many girls and parents and teachers that I know. Even though I’m well into adulthood now I still found the stories inspiring and exciting.
While aimed at teens and older children, particularly females and non-gender conforming kids, I think it can be enjoyed by all ages and genders.
Highly recommended for all teens and older children, especially females, non-gender conforming kids, and males too whether or not they think they’re interested in STEM/STE(A)M. I think the book will also be appealing to reluctant readers. What’s exciting is this is a perfect book for readers reading above grade level, and I’d say down to age 9 or even 8 or for reading aloud to young people younger than age 12. 95% of its content is appropriate for those younger children. Amazon says ages 12-16, Grade level 8-10. I say ages 9-16 & up. It’s a book that can be enjoyed by teens, kids, and their adults and would make a good discussion book amongst kids and intergenerationally.
The author uses fun language/vocabulary, the kind with which many of today’s young people are familiar and often use.
There is an engaging intro by the author where she tells a bit of her story and why this subject is particularly important to her.
All the women and girls covered are impressive, those in more depth in the first five chapters, those women in history covered in less depth in the historical chapter, and the young girls and women briefly covered in the last chapter about the future. I have an urge to write here about them all but think it’s best to let young readers discover them for themselves as they read this book, and hopefully learn from them and feel encouraged and motivated by them. I’d expected the chapter about women who inspired us to be about women who’d inspired the book’s subjects but reading about important women in STEM in history was even more interesting.
A diverse group of females are featured in this book. They’re females in STE(A)M and/or are social justice advocates, ages 15 to 29 and a bit older in a very few cases. These people are high achieving yet feel relatable for the average young person. I appreciate how it’s shown their struggles and processes and how they’ve gotten to where they are, how they have accomplished what they have, and in some cases how it might still be a work in progress. It’s clear that persistence and dedication, hard work, and passion & enthusiasm have been required for them to devote themselves to their projects. It is wonderful and important in my opinion that this feels like an inclusive group, with different races, cultures, socio-economic groups, and a variety of important interests represented and various problems to be solved.
I consider myself a realist but I’m usually pessimistic about our circumstances and our future. Reading about these dreamers and pioneers and activists has me feeling a tad more optimistic about humanity and our fate. At the least it’s lovely to know that these people exist and to know of their work. The projects covered are varied and include food, climate change, robotics, art, medical care, prison reform, social justice, and all sorts of tech and social justice innovations, inventions, and design. It’s thrilling and heartening to read about the work that’s being done by people who care about the world and about others. I found the book to be inspirational and completely engaging. I was rooting for everyone, including the young readers who will read this book and tap into their own interests and pursue them. I cannot imagine that at least one story, if not most, will capture the imaginations of young readers and/or inspire them to tap into their own passions and encourage them to work on what is meaningful for them. It will be clear to them how being involved in STEM might help them reach their own goals and follow their own interests in ways in which they might have been unaware.
I learned a lot. I hadn’t been familiar with many of the women in history and their achievements that were covered and want to read more. I definitely want to keep up with all the currently active women and girls mentioned here to see what they will continue to do in their lives. I was introduced to the term Generation Alpha (those born in the year 2000 or later) and had to look up a couple of acronyms that are probably well known by the book’s targeted age group. I was incredibly impressed with and interested about all the people and work being done described in this book.
My only quibble is how sometimes the term girl is used for women age 18+. It’s not done consistently but it was jarring for me when I did see it on the page. It’s been a major peeve of mine since the very early 1970s and I thought we’d gotten past that back then. I find using the word girl or boy for adults demeaning and derogatory. This was not done consistently and in fact at one point the term women was used right after discussing the work of teenage girls. The term young women could work for female teens and women 18-25 if youth is meant to be stressed. I am not ignorant of “taking back” words. In a book celebrating the accomplishments of females and non-binary identifying people the word as used did surprise me. Even if it’s a generational thing and I’m woefully out of touch I still loathe it.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Making a Difference Also Makes Her Feel Good: Great Nails, Great Minds