A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Ellie explains all her inventions: the science behind electrical circuits, the physics of skateboarding, and more.
Be yourself even if you’re nervous to stand out in a crowd, and remember that brains, heart, and working together toward a common goal are things to be celebrated.
Positive Role Models
Ellie and Kit's parents encourage their girls to be themselves and to use their unique gifts, and the adults in the pageant are interested in and impressed by Ellie's scientific mind.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jackson Pearce's Ellie, Engineer: In the Spotlight (the third book in the Ellie series) is a well-paced, interesting mystery with fun engineering concepts at its core. When Ellie decides to be a pageant contestant with her best friend, she suddenly feels like her passion for engineering isn't a true talent, and that she should hide her tools and skills in order to fit what she thinks pageant people are looking for. Young readers will enjoy Ellie and Kit's strong friendship, and the way they encourage other contestants to be silly and fun while trying their best. Pearce has a way of showing how engineering concepts are part of everyday life, and can be used to find clues, make friends, and turn stereotypes upside down.
Is It Any Good?
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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