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|Ellie, engineer : the next level|
Author: Pearce, Jackson
When Ellie and her friends help elderly Mrs. Curran around the house, Ellie cannot resist using her engineering prowess but it is no fun for the girls when Toby gets the credit.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.20
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 199893
Kirkus Reviews (09/01/18)
School Library Journal (10/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2018 Gr 2–4—The second book in the series focuses on Ellie's struggle to be accepted. When Ellie and her friends help their elderly neighbor, Mrs. Curran, by fixing up her house, the older woman believes that Toby, not Ellie, is responsible for the engineering and building. Ellie and her friends work to convince Mrs. Curran that girls can be engineers, too. The plot delves more deeply into gender stereotyping than the first installment, and the protagonist's frustrations are something with which many young girls will identify. Ellie is an intrepid problem-solver who knows who she is and what she loves to do. She is able to stand up for herself and, eventually, convince Mrs. Curran that girls and women can do and be anything. Illustrations of Ellie's creative ideas and designs are included as is as a guide to simple machines. VERDICT A solid STEM-themed book with a strong focus on empowering young women to embrace and pursue their interests.—V. Lynn Christiansen, Wiley International Studies Magnet Elementary School, Raleigh, NC - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 10/01/2018 Ellie designs and builds a basic elevator (picture a movable platform) for hoisting things up to her playhouse/workshop. Unfortunately, the dry run ends in a wet mess when 24 pickle jars crash to the ground. As punishment, she agrees to help Mrs. Curran, an elderly neighbor who paints dolls for a living. Friends Kit and Toby volunteer to join her. At first their jobs are boring (stuffing envelopes, dusting), but when Ellie talks Mrs. Curran into helping them build an elevator for hauling art supplies up to her painting studio, their project succeeds. In an appended section, Ellie introduces readers to simple machines, like the elevators' pulleys. Woven through the story is Ellie’s distress when Mrs. Curran can’t seem to recognize that Ellie is the engineer in the group, not Toby, or that he enjoys playing with dolls, but they find ways to let her know. Childlike line drawings of gadgets and the generous use of white space add to the visual appeal of this enjoyable chapter book, a sequel to Ellie, Engineer (2017). - Copyright 2018 Booklist.