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Celebrate Girl Day with An Ellie, Engineer Prize Pack Giveaway { A Giveaway Hop Event}

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***Book received for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own. 
When I was in elementary school, one of my favorite classroom activities was doing science experiments. They didn't have to be fancy, but there was something about sucking an egg into a bottle or creating a volcano and making it explode that was always very exciting to watch. I certainly wasn't the only one who felt this way. Students would flock around to see what was going to happen. We all loved it--- boys and girls alike.

But did you know that by the time most girls reach middle school, they have lost interest in all things STEM? And even less plan to purse a career in the field- despite being the fastest growing career field out there? Despite my enjoyment of science even through high school (okay, I find it fascinating even still) and decent enough abilities in math to become a tutor in such, I must admit, it was not something that occurred to me to pursue beyond just finding it interesting. For me, I just had my mind elsewhere. For other girls it can come down to stereotypes and feeling that as a girl, they cannot pursue such a male dominated field. After all, women make up only 24% of the STEM workforce.

Tomorrow, February 22 is Girl Day--- a fun part of National Engineers Week that is aimed to encourage girls in their interest in engineering. If this is a path that girls are interested in, there is absolutely no reason why they cannot and this day is a great way to let them know this!

I am excited to share a new book that serves as a great reminder for tween girls, 'Ellie, Engineer':

About the book: 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, Ellie can make anything. As Kit's birthday nears, Ellie doesn't know what gift to make until the girls overhear Kit's mom talking about her present--the dog Kit always wanted! Ellie plans to make an amazing doghouse, but her plans grow so elaborate that she has to enlist help from the neighbor boys and crafty girls, even though the two groups don't get along. Will Ellie be able to pull off her biggest project yet, all while keeping a secret from Kit?
Illustrated with Ellie's sketches and plans, and including backmatter with a fun how-to guide to tools, this is a STEM- and friendship-powered story full of fun!
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).

This is such a fun story, with just the kind of character I would have enjoyed as a young girl. She's fun, she's smart and she knows what she loves! She loves her pretty skirts and her fancy pink towel, but she loves building too.

I think often when we start speaking on topics such as this, the conversation can turn from allowing girls to be interested in whatever interests them, which is a GREAT thing--- to somehow giving the implication that 'anything boys can do, girls can do better'. It goes very quickly from girl power to putting boys down--- and I don't mean in a playful 'girls rule, boys drool' kind of way. And to be honest, I'm not a fan of that attitude. I was very happy to see this book is not at all like that. It truly is a story of friendship, a story of fun, a story of an engineer who enjoys fun projects, and just so happens to be a girl. It truly was a great story just to remind girls that be it makeup or be it building, they can enjoy whatever makes them happy...heck, they can even enjoy both!

If you have a tween in your life who enjoys STEM, this is a great read! If you have a girl in your life who loves reading stories of friendship, this is a great read for them too!

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And one very lucky reader is going to win a prize pack including a copy of the book AND 
a custom DIY Ellie-branded toolbox, designed to be easily assembled Ellie-style, as well as some simple tools and an instruction booklet! Enter using the giveaway form below:

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  1. I'd love to win this as a gift for my cousin.


  2. This would be perfect for my great niece.

  3. My niece would love this. Thank you for the chance ☺

  4. ID like to win this for my kids.

  5. This would be perfect for my Granddaughter. She loves inventing.

  6. My little girl would love this book and playing with the toolbox too.


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