“Wonder Women 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History” By Sam Maggs 

61ZhFC956AL._SL500_Wonder Women
25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History
By: Sam Maggs
Narrated by: Jodelle Ferland
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
Published by Random House Audio 2016

I have an idle curiosity when it comes to history, but I have an eagerness to know what is being passed on to the YA reading world.  So this book was another selection from the SYNC YA summer audiobook program and I gave it a shot.

The look at women’s history was fascinating, many I had already known and read about through my various journeys through history.   This book not only featured brief biographies of innovators and trailblazers but included interviews with current innovators and trailblazers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  I’m not sure where spies & espionage fit in to STEM but that section of the book was intriguing.

I’ll have to say that this book was not written for me in mind.  It is definitely a YA book.  I would say that the perfect target audience for this would be girls aged 10 – 16.  It does provide encouragement for girls interested in the fields discussed.  The hard part was the language.  The book was written in the vernacular of the stated age range and is rather annoying.  Even more annoying was to hear the reader try to vocalize that vernacular, and almost sound like a California Valley Girl from the 80s.

 

 

Publisher’s Summary
A fun and feminist look at forgotten women in science, technology, and beyond, from the best-selling author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

You may think you know women’s history pretty well. But have you ever heard of:

Alice Ball, the chemist who developed an effective treatment for leprosy – only to have the credit taken by a man?
Mary Sherman Morgan, the rocket scientist whose liquid fuel compounds blasted the first US satellite into orbit?
Huang Daopo, the inventor whose weaving technology revolutionized textile production in China centuries before the cotton gin?
Smart women have always been able to achieve amazing things, even when the odds were stacked against them. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs tells the stories of the brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors. Also features interviews with real-life women in STEM careers, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to women-centric science and technology organizations – all to show the many ways the geeky girls of today can help to build the future.

©2016 Sam Maggs (P)2016 Random House Audio

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