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Brave New Girls: Stories of Girls Who Science and Scheme Paperback – July 13, 2017
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 13, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 424 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1539924815
- ISBN-13 : 978-1539924814
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Grade level : 4 - 6
- Item Weight : 1.24 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.96 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,948,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Morrigan and her niece, Cethlenn, struggled to avoid getting sucked into a black hole in “The Non-Existence of Gravity.” While I can’t say why they ended up in such a predicament in the first place without giving away spoilers, I can say that their reaction to such a dangerous fate made it impossible for me to stop reading. They were so brave and quick-thinking that I simply had to know what would happen to them next, and I was quite pleased with how they reacted as soon as they realized something was terribly wrong.
As much as I enjoyed all of the storylines, there were a few sections that could have benefitted from more development. For example, the premise of “In A Whole New Light” caught my attention right away. Nina, the main character who was biracial, tried to figure out how to make her cousin stop mocking her for her race and interest in the Black Lives Matter movement. Her life was full of many interesting ideas that could have easily been expanded into a full-length novel, although it worked quite well at its current length, too. What I would have liked to see done with Nina’s adventures, though, was to spend more time on how she came up with her futuristic plan to change her cousin’s opinion of black and biracial people. Her solution was brilliant, but it wasn’t exactly something I’d expect the average 15-year-old to pull off. If that part of the plot had been given more time to shine, this would have easily beaten “The 17th Quadrennial Intergalactic Neo-Cultural Expo and Science Fair” as my favorite tale in this collection.
In “The 17th Quadrennial Intergalactic Neo-Cultural Expo and Science Fair,” Alice, Jay, and Hayden were putting the finishing touches on their science fair project when the life support system on their ship suddenly failed. They only had about 40 minutes to figure out what to do before they ran out of oxygen, and none of the adults in their community were around to help them. What an exciting premise that was! These characters had to think hard in order to make any progress at all at reaching their goal to save themselves and everyone else. I spent most of their adventure seriously wondering how they were going to survive and if they would fix their ship in time. It was so interesting to see how the plot unfolded.
I liked this anthology even more than I did the first one in this series, Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets. While they definitely don’t have to be read in order, I would recommend checking out the first instalment to anyone who enjoys this one.
Brave New Girls: Girls Who Science and Scheme was a creative collection of short stories that should be read by both young adult and adult fans of science fiction.
originally posted at long and short ya reviews
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Intrepid editors Mary Fan and Paige Daniels are back together for another Brave New Girls Anthology. With an awesome triad of sci-fi story sections: Scintillating Space, Steampunk STEM, and Cyborgs and Cyberworlds (we all adore alliteration!), these authors do a fantastic job of demonstrating, as remarked by editor Mary Fan, worlds where “individuals are into STEM and who are the heroines of their own stories. Girls should be unlimited.”
And these girls are! This book’s proceeds go toward introducing more girls to STEM (which just in case you forgot the acronym, stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), through a scholarship fund given through The Society of Women Engineers. So have a great time with these stories of young female characters, all of whom have the wiles, intelligence, bravery and bravado I came to appreciate through the first BNG, and hope to experience in many anthologies to come. Here's a little preview of some of the stories:
“The Case of the Missing Sherlock” by Mary Fan: Chevonne Watson's best friend is an AI gal named Sherlock, who's gone missing. Chevonne must have all her science smarts and mystery-solving wits about her to find and rescue her, because there's nothing artificial about their friendship!
“The Non-Existence of Gravity” by Steph Bennion: Cethlenn and her aunt 'Mad Morrigan' play a whatif string theory game that someone else takes to a dangerous level.
“Sweet Emotion” by Bryan Butler: Bridget knows that in high school, school spirit can be addictive. Maybe dangerously so.
“Dangerous Territory” by Holly Schofield: Carly has to repair her dilapidated Mark Q Rover to get pregnant stepmom Mary across the Martian desert before it's too late.
“Let Androids Eat Cake” by Meg Merriet: Heloise is anticipating Marie Antoinnete's execution with excitement, because she knows the "evil witch' is getting her just desserts. But drop this bit of history into a steampunk ambiance, and you never know WHAT will happen!
“Circus in the Sky” by Lisa Toohey: Kaleigh was raised in the circus lifestyle on a giant Space Circus. Her love for the beasts she trains brings her to an important conclusion when she meets Mr. Kogen, a giant silver-backed bearish creature, who has some very non-creature talents. How can Karleigh save Mr. Kogen and herself?
“Our Very Respected and Always Benevolent Leader” by Kay Dominguez: A giant ship has landed on Ava's planet. It won't communicate. It fights back when it is prodded, but otherwise it is silent. And it is impenetrable.
“The 17th Quadrennial Intergalactic Neo-Cultural Expo and Science Fair” by Jeanne Kramer-Smyth: Alice and her friends are prepping their project of nanobots for an amazing and artistic presentation, when every sector but theirs starts losing oxygen. As the only functioning sector, they have to figure out a way to save everyone else.
“The Experimental Bug "First Test"” by Jelani Akin Parham: Pilar has created a SuperSuit to protect her in her dangerous town. Her giant bug suit has some scary 'bugs' of its own that might interfere with its ability to function.
“In A Whole New Light” by Michelle Leonard: Nina used to play with cousin Evan all the time, but his new crowd of friends has turned Evan into a bullying nightmare, with Nina as their main target. Can Nina use her scientific knowhow to change his attitude?
“Chasing the Copper Dragon” by Karissa Laurel: In this neo-Victorian Steampunk world, Olivia is the one detecting and looking for truth. Johanna is the mechanical engineer. In this story involving flying, fire-breathing metal dragons and murder, both friends and skills will be tested.
“Arch Nemesis” by Jamie Krakover: Did YOU know that the famed St. Louis Arch was actually a top-secret alien library designed to study humans and their behavior? Valerie is the only one who knows. And she's the only one who can stop it.
“The Babysitting Job:A Robot Repair Girl” by Josh Pritchett: Madison Brown worked alone in her shop requiring the optic systems of a Minamoto-series 2000 fighting robot, but now she has the opportunity for new discovery regarding the real humanity in Artificial Intelligence.:
“The Last Android” by Paige Daniels: Ava and Imogen Imogen is surviving in a post-apocalyptic world that’s lost much, including technology and scientific knowledge. Imogen finds a drone who is actually an AI named Ava, and who is her only friend. Can Imogen and Ava push forward far enough to find people who are smart enough to see Ava for the miracle she is, instead of destroying her for scraps?
And here are eight more! Talk about something for everyone…
“The Adventure of the Brass Lamp” by M.L.D Curelas
“Skyris” by A.A. Jankiewicz
“The Verne Shot” by Brandon Draga
“Scilla's Monster” by Elisha Betts
“The Swiss Cheese Model” by Eric Bakutis
“Hack” by Evangeline Jennings
“The Makers Handbook” by George Ebey
“Nova” by Stephen Landry
So my Konundrum again for the week, for the YEAR, is this: WHY aren’t there more kickass, badass girls in literature and film? There have been many times this past year I’ve felt like we’re going backward, but then I get to sit down with these Brave New Girls. It helps restore my faith, one tale at a time. Don’t forget there are 22 stories to choose from and restore your own faith with these charismatic characters.
This year—the year of Wonder Woman on the big screen—was the perfect time for Brave New Girls 2 . Anyone who wants some fun with science, space, potential pasts and possible futures, all with truly cool female characters running the show, should check out Brave New Girls (Start with 1, and then move on...) Promote some STEM in your life, and the lives of girls around you, and support The Society of Women Engineers and all they are doing for science, technology, engineering and the advancement of equal opportunities across the board.
*Loved* this fun collection of short stories about girls and science!! My daughters are a wee bit young to read the whole book themselves, but we did a few read alouds with my fave stories and they enjoyed them too. I thought the format of the book was awesome, it provided a way for many girls of different backgrounds to be the hero of their own story. It's a middle grade book, but would definitely appeal to other age groups.