STEM Girls: Books with girls rocking science and math
3:59 by Gretchen McNeil
Since it sparked the list, it deserves a place on the list. Two girls who are incredibly intelligent in physics use that knowledge to save 2 parallel worlds. Lots of science talk, scary tension, and a dash of romance.
Adaptation by Malinda Lo
While on her way back from an academic competition, Reese is in an accident and wakes up in a secret government lab really quite different. Can she find out what happened to her and what it means? Inheritance, book 2, comes out later this year.
Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris
The coach is feeding the football team steroids that turn them into zombies, can Kate find an antidote before the entire high school eats itself?
Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson
Straight A student Kate Malone is waiting to hear from MIT when her perfectly organized world starts to spiral out of control. Then, something happens that truly blows it apart.
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Willow is a genius obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions. When her adopted parents die suddenly in a car accident, she uses her knowledge of nature to help build the perfect garden and rejuvenate both a neighborhood and the spirits of those around her. Truly moving and inspiring, this new release is a must read for all. One of my favorite books of 2013. (August 29th from Dial)
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Calpurnia Tate uses science to help her understand why yellow grasshoppers grow so much bigger than the green grasshoppers in her back yard. Along the way, she bonds with her grandfather and learns just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century. Historical fiction, MG lit.
Find Me by Romily Bernard
Wick Tate is a superb computer hacker, skills she’ll need to use when Tessa Waye’s diary shows up at her house with a simple request: Find Me. (Coming in September from Harper Teen)
In the Shadow of the Blackbirds by Cat Winters
The Spanish flu is sweeping across the land. It is 1918. Mary Shelley Black is forced to rethink everything she knows, or thinks she knows, about life and death.
The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzad
When Caro’s older sister Hannah returns, she is having a hard time adjusting. Hannah is the spiritual sister while Caro uses science to help her understand the world around her. But secrets about Hannah’s past lead Caro to better understand the both of them.
The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe
It starts with an itch. Then the fever comes. Soon after, you are dead. Kaelyn uses what she knows to try to keep herself alive when a virus sweeps over the island that she lives on.
Have some more titles that showcase intelligent girls that love science and math? Please add them to the list in the comments.
Filed under: Collection Development, Math, Reader's Advisory, Science, STEM Education, Strong Heroines
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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