STEM. If you aren’t familiar with it is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is an interdisciplinary and applied approach to teaching.
And it is important.
We’re excited to see more books coming out focusing on STEM and happy to reveal the cover for YA and MG author Jackson Pearce new series devoted to encouraging tween girls’ interest in STEM: Ellie, Engineer. We’re proud to debut the cover for her second book in the series.
Such a cute cover, right?
About the book: 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 engineers do! It’s no fun, though, when Mrs. Curran always gives Toby the credit for all the projects, and acts like Kit and Ellie are just helping him… Can Ellie come up with a build great enough to elevate Mrs. Curran’s ideas about this girl engineer?
One of the great things about the book is that its designed to look like Ellie’s notepad, with pencil-on-graph-paper illustrations of her projects interspersed throughout the book, Ellie, Engineer inspires creative and crafty girls to get hands-on with their imagination. Ellie’s hand-drawn tool guide at the end explains basic tools in accessible terms, rounding out this fun and funny adventure, and giving girls everything they need to be their own Ellie!
We can get on board with anything that encourages girls that it’s cool to learn and then can do or be anything.
About the author: Jackson Pearce lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the author of a series of teen retold fairy-tales, including Sisters Red, Sweetly, Fathomless, and Cold Spell, as well as two stand-alones, As You Wish and Purity. As J. Nelle Patrick, she is the author of Tsarina. In addition to The Doublecross and The Inside Job, her middle grade novels include Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures, co-written with Maggie Stiefvater. Visit her at www.jacksonpearce.com and @JacksonPearce (Twitter and Instagram).
Ellie, Engineer hits book stores November 6, 2018.