Princess-Free Stories

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Geeks come in all shapes, sizes, and genders. So why do publishers assume that girls are just princesses-in-training? Here are a few books that can teach your daughter—or son—that girls can geek out too.
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  • Violet the Pilot
    Who needs a starter kit when you’ve got a family-owned junkyard? Violet engineers DIY flying machines using cast-off parts. Can an Arduino obsession be far behind?
  • Akiko and the Missing Misp
    This sixth grader uses her formidable skill set—creating manga, piloting spaceships, solving puzzles—to defend the planet Smoo.
  • Amulet
    Emily’s gadget attachment goes well beyond iPhone worship; she’s physically tied to a powerful amulet around her neck. It’s super-helpful in a bind, but data charges are severe.
  • Secrets, Lies, and Algebra
    Math may get confusing, but it’s nothing compared to the routine humiliations of eighth grade. Tess uses her algebraic mastery to help her navigate some tougher-than-average preteen problems.
  • Breadcrumbs
    Being a sci-fi geek has its benefits. When Hazel finds herself in a modern-day version of The Snow Queen, she relies on her detailed knowledge of The Golden Compass‘s Lyra Belacqua and A Wrinkle in Time‘s Meg Murry.

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