Sunday, March 20, 2016

Top ten inspirational STEM girls in teen literature

Christiane Dorion is a children’s author and expert in education for sustainable development. One of her ten most inspirational STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) girls in teen literature, as shared at the Guardian:
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

The novel focuses on two great things – a wonderful friendship between two women, Maddie and Queenie, during the second world war and their skills in engineering and aviation. Not only are they fiercely loyal to each other but they are also dedicated to their professions. At a time when women would have generally been encouraged to stay at home and support the war effort from afar, they celebrated their ingenuity and aviation skills by enlisting and doing their bit. Elizabeth Wein’s second novel Rose Under Fire also celebrates female ingenuity through the character, Rose Justice. Rose is an 18-year-old American Air Auxiliary pilot who is captured by the Luftwaffe on a flight in France in 1944.
Read about another entry on the list.

Code Name Verity also appears on Sara Barnard top ten list of female friendships in YA literature, Kelly Anderson's list of seven awesome books that celebrate female friendship, Natalie Zutter's top seven list of YA books where friendship trumps romance, Arwen Elys Dayton's top five list od books about false identities, Melissa Albert's top five list of YA books that might make one cry, Sara Brady's list of six of the best spies in romance, Lenore Appelhans's top ten list of teen books featuring flashbacks and Lydia Syson's list of ten of the best historical novels for young readers.

Writers Read: Elizabeth Wein (May 2015).

--Marshal Zeringue