Stephenie Peterson’s Nellie Nova Takes Flight!
Nellie appears to be a normal nine year old girl. But Nellie is not normal. Nellie is an amazingly gifted scientist who lives in a family of amazingly gifted scientists. One day, her brother, Niles, who is eleven, teases her (as all respectable big brothers do). This time, however, Niles goes too far when he tells Nellie that girls are silly and no woman has ever changed the world. This sets off a spark of an idea in Nellie’s most amazing mind and sends her down the path to create a time machine and meet wonderful women who made a mark on the world. First stop, Amelia Earhart! With a few bumps along the way and a government agency out to steal her technology, Nellie and Niles are in for an incredible adventure!
I just got done reading this with my daughter and I love it! It is a great story with a positive female role model which I absolutely love. Stephenie Peterson does an amazing job creating an expansive and compelling universe with nuanced and fun characters.
Culloo by Murielle Cyr
TALA can’t wait to be thirteen; then no one better tell her what to do. Her nosey neighbor is always checking up on her, and now the Welfare Officer is knocking on her door again and her father isn’t home to answer. Tala only has a few hours to find her missing father before she and her brother, DASON, get placed in a foster home.
Cullo is an adventure story that will appeal to tweens and young adult readers. At first, Tala seemed a bit old for her age, but once you begin to understand more of her background, it seems perfectly in place and reasonable. Ms. Cyr incorporates customs from the children’s heritage allowing them to learn their meaning during the adventure. The book is the perfect length for young readers who have passed the picture book age but aren’t ready for young adult yet