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Ellie, Engineer: In the Spotlight

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Ellie fixes stuff, tackles mystery in fun pageant tale.

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There's so much to love here: strong friendships, well-grounded kids, supportive adults, a fun mystery, and science at every turn. Ellie, Engineer: In the Spotlight has a great storyline that, from beginning to end, celebrates individuality, ambition, and kindness. Kids' pageants aren't known for upending stereotypes or having down-to-earth parents, but both happen here. Ellie is incredibly relatable: She's nervous, a little uncertain, and trying to figure out how to balance being a good friend, a good competitor, and a good mystery-solving engineer. Young readers will likely recognize those feelings in aspects of their own lives, and will learn solid science while they watch Ellie navigate pageant life.

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