INTERMEDIATE FICTION
Pearce, Jackson

Ellie, Engineer

(3) 4-6 Illustrated by Tuesday Mourning. Dress-loving engineer Ellie navigates prescriptive gender roles and interpersonal misunderstandings in this middle-grade STEAM-championing series. Ellie prepares a doghouse for best friend Kit's birthday in the opener; in Next, Ellie and friends help an elderly neighbor woman, who gives boy Toby all the credit for Ellie's projects. Sufficient action and tension, enjoyable inventions, and appealing characters balance the stories' messaging. Illustrations include engineering sketches. Review covers these titles: Ellie, Engineer and Ellie, Engineer: The Next Level.

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