Meet the Girl Geeks!
Get to know Hamsa, Eve, Niki and Maggie in this new book series published by Penguin Random House.
We are proud to present our Girl Geeks book series. Written for girls between 9-12 years to inspire and encourage their inner geek. Our books are developed, written, illustrated, designed and printed locally. Books are available in all good bookstores across Australia and New Zealand – see below for a list! And if it’s not on the shelf, they can order it in for you in a few days.
Hamsa’s teacher has announced that their class will be doing their very own hackathon.
A hack-a-what? thinks Hamsa. She doesn’t know anything about tech or coding!
Can Hamsa and her team come up with the goods or will things fall apart as she plays it too cool for school?
Skateboarding and video games are the best things in the world according to Niki.
So when the biggest esports tournament announces they will hold a junior comp in her town, Niki is the first to enter.
It’s not an easy road and Niki is thrown a challenge, but with her girl gang by her side – it’s game on!
Eve loves to draw and design so she can’t wait to plan her birthday party and create the invitations.
The only problem is – everything has to be perfect. How will she decide what to do? Meanwhile her holiday to-do list is growing bigger and bigger.
Will some quality time with her girl gang show Eve that there’s more to life than being perfect?
The school play is coming up and Maggie the Maker can’t wait to work behind the scenes to design the best set ever!
But Hamsa has other ideas and Maggie is soon drawn into the spotlight. This is not Maggie’s idea of fun and, for once, she’s not afraid to say it.
Will the girl gang learn to embrace their differences and pull off a show-stopping performance?
We are Girl Geek Academy and we are teaching one million women and girls tech skills by 2025. We wanted to tell stories to young girls because we know how great stories about girl geeks can be.
Hacking is all about creative problem solving. This book series uses technology as a plot device and has fun with putting technology onto paper.
There is something magical about the journey young girls go through as they learn about who they are as an individual and how friendship can make them stronger.
We want 10,000 girls to read these books and to celebrate we are throwing parties across Australia. If you would like to get involved, please get in touch!
“My daughter dressed as Eve (the one on the left) for book week. So happy we are past the princess-stage and on to the code-hacker-stage (never thought this day would come). She was so excited to share with everyone at school! @GirlGeekAcademy @SarahMoran pic.twitter.com/7DxN1oN7i6 ” — Feminest.co (@FeminestCo) August 21, 2019
“At the local library for some books for the school holidays, and my kiddos got to play with an impromptu bee-bots session. Then, we found @GirlGeekAcademy books in the wild! @SarahMoran #happykids #stem #robots pic.twitter.com/rXgGeFwrTX” — Majella Edwards OLY (@MajellaEdwards) July 5, 2019
“Khaleesi has started reading one of her new Girl Geeks books, she chose the gaming one first, she’s very excited! @girlgeekacademy https://t.co/8yT8aQR8Pl pic.twitter.com/8Mb6Wg5IP7” — Bron Thulke (Squire) (@_bron_) July 20, 2019
“My daughters choice of book from her school library @tammybutow @GirlGeekAcademy pic.twitter.com/zchCX7WJik” — James Pitt (@pitty77) September 22, 2019
“SPOTTED! My pal Ava found the new #girlgeeks! Thanks @AvenueBookstore for backing the series. If you see them at your local store & can spare a moment, please post a snap. Our booksellers do loads to get the right books into the hands of our kids – let’s show them some love! pic.twitter.com/vRuyn8tOOZ” — Alex (Lee) Miles (@byAlexMiles) October 4, 2019
“@SarahMoran @GirlGeekAcademy These are my current bed-time read . (Yes, adults can read children books too!!) Tbh, these are the books that I wish I had when I was 12. Thanks for making it happen 12 years later . pic.twitter.com/vcJzzgsy49”
— Nabila Herzegovina (@nabbyHerze) July 5, 2019
“A brilliant gift idea for young girls this Christmas. Getting more girls to stick with STEM study & into STEM careers is vital for Australia’s future!” — Karen Andrews MP (@karenandrewsmp) December 7, 2019
“Best feedback on the @GirlGeekAcademy books so far: “Sarah – those are my two favourite colours!”. From my nephew, hand modelling our temporary tattoos from the launch pic.twitter.com/nQ6i57Qjob” — Sarah Moran (@SarahMoran) July 1, 2019
“@GirlGeekAcademy books spotted at @Dymocksbooks pic.twitter.com/8YBwqKzXIg” — Eva Hopewell (@TheEvaHopewell) August 5, 2019
When four girls are thrown together for a school project, their girl gang is formed. Follow the stories of these ten-year-olds as they navigate friendships, take risks and embrace their inner geek.
Hamsa would never have dared call herself a geek. With a mix of hasty enthusiasm and self-doubt she’s spent years trying her darndest to fit into the ‘cool’ group at school. It’s through the hackathon that for the first time she’s able to channel that energy into something that’s really appreciated, discovering that being herself is way more fun. She’s a risk-taker, an optimist, fun to be around and great at inventing things buuuut, not so great with the details.
Studious, kind and a bit of a tinkerer, she works hard in every subject but has a fondness for STEM. She’s equally busy outside school – excelling in tennis, piano and filling every other spare minute with her favourite hobby – making. She’s excited to discover how tech makes crafting even more fun. And while she’s more comfortable avoiding the spotlight, that’s not a bad thing. Watch out world – being quiet doesn’t mean you have nothing to say!
Nikoletta, who’s known to her pals as Niki, embraced her geek way back. One of those people that’s so comfortable in their own skin, they don’t need validation from others. She likes gaming, STEM at school, and being totally into skateboarding has given her the fearlessness needed to be a great coder. Independent, wise and with a dry sense of humour, Niki is happy being somewhat of a lone wolf. Niki learns that having a girl gang makes her even more powerful.
Eve is the ultimate all-rounder. She loves being into everything (including being a wicked artist), but the downside is that she doesn’t fit neatly any one particular box. She’s new to school so as well as navigating new friendships, she’s also dealing with readjusting to life back in Australia after spending the last three years living with her parents in San Francisco. Ever the perfectionist, Eve will soon learn just how important it is to get things wrong in life.
Since publishing her first play at age seventeen, Melbourne-based writer Alex Miles has worked across theatre, television and advertising. She wrote under the penname H.I. Larry for eight books in the Zac Power series, imparted wedding wisdom with the book Sixty Secrets for a Happy Bride, excited readers across the country with her children’s series, Starring Olive Black, and was a contributing author in Letters to my Teenage Self and Total Quack Up! With two young boys, Freddy and George (who weren’t named after the Weasley twins), Alex juggles her time between motherhood, writing and presenting in schools.
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