BY YAO XIAO
Spring 2020, Andrews McMeel
by Sam Maggs
Middle Grade Novel
Spring 2020, Imprint (Macmillan)
Frankie & the Creepy Cute Critters
by Caitlin Rose Boyle
Early Reader Graphic Novel
Spring 2020, Oni Press
The Montague Twins
by Nathan Page & Drew Shannon
Young Adult Graphic Novel
Summer 2020, Knopf Books for Young Readers (Penguin Random House)
by Sabrina Scott
Fall 2020, Red Wheel/Weiser
Illustrated by Drew Shannon
Middle Grade Nonfiction
Fall 2020, Kids Can Press
Sirens of the Southern Seas by Sam Maggs & kendra Wells
Middle Grade Graphic Novel
Fall 2020, Amulet (Abrams Books)
THE FANGIRL’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
A Handbook for Girl Geeks
by Sam Maggs
This ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life is a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom.
Fandom, feminism, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes, including:
How to make nerdy friends
How to rock awesome cosplay
How to write fanfic with feels
How to defeat internet trolls
How to attend your first con
And more! Plus insightful interviews with fangirl faves, like Jane Espenson, Erin Morgenstern, Kate Beaton, Ashley Eckstein, Laura Vandervoort, Beth Revis, Kate Leth, and many others.
“If you or someone else in your life could do with an inclusive, funny, super smart, and sweet introduction to the world of female geeks, look no further.” — The Mary Sue
“Short, thorough, wide-spread, funny, and varied—I wish I'd had this handbook when I first ventured into the fanzones!” — Tamora Pierce, author of The Song of the Lioness series
25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History
by Sam Maggs
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 U.S. 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. Plus, 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.
“Wonder Women isn’t just filled with extraordinary tales of female scientists and inventors – though there are plenty of them – [Maggs] also includes sections on espionage and adventure, fields not traditionally associated with STEM.” – Entertainment Weekly
“I admire Maggs for making Wonder Women both thorough and easy to digest. When it comes to historical material like this, presentation matters…Maggs writes the descriptions of the women and their achievements in such a way that you’re inspired to take the ball and keep running.” – Nerdist
DEFINITIONS OF INDEFINABLE THINGS
by Whitney Taylor
All the Bright Places meets Juno in this heartbreaking and humorous novel about three teens in a small town whose lives intersect in ways they never expected, teaching them that there are no one-size-fits-all definitions of depression, friendship, and love.
Reggie isn’t really a romantic: she’s been hurt too often, and doesn’t let people in as a rule. Plus, when you’re dealing with the Three Stages of Depression, it’s hard to feel warm and fuzzy. When Reggie meets Snake, though, he doesn’t give her much of a choice. Snake has a neck tattoo, a Twizzler habit, and a fair share of arrogance, but he’s funny, charming, and interested in Reggie.
Snake also has an ex-girlfriend who's seven months pregnant. Good thing Reggie isn’t a romantic.
Definitions of Indefinable Things follows three teens as they struggle to comprehend love, friendship, and depression—and realize one definition doesn’t always cover it.
"...Offbeat romance, sarcastic humor, and the philosophy of life come together in a flying bildungsroman that is both touching and entertaining in its exploration of the internal conflicts of the human condition. – VOYA
"Taylor portrays depression with complexity in this authentic, often confrontational debut..." – Publishers Weekly
"An emotionally engrossing and powerful exploration of depression and healing that many teens will find meaningful." – School Library Journal
THE SCIENCE OF ORPHAN BLACK
The Official Companion
by Casey Griffin & Nina Nesseth
Delve deeper into the scientific terms and theories at the core of the Peabody-winning, cult favourite show. With exclusive insights from the show’s co-creator Graeme Manson and science consultant Cosima Herter, The Science of Orphan Black takes you behind the closed doors of the Dyad Institute and inside Neolution. Authors Casey Griffin and Nina Nesseth decode the mysteries of Orphan Black — from the history of cloning, epigenetics, synthetic biology, chimerism, the real diseases on which the clone disease is based, and the transhumanist philosophies of Neolution, to what exactly happens when a projectile pencil is shot through a person’s eye and into their brain.
OUT OF THE ICE
How Climate Change is Revealing the Past
Illustrated by Drew Shannon
As climate change is warming our planet, the ice in Earth's cryosphere is melting—from glaciers to mountaintop patches to permafrost. An unexpected result of this melting has been the discovery of artifacts that were long preserved in the ice's depths. Tools, clothing and, perhaps most remarkable, human bodies have been revealed at the edges the retreating ice. Examining these discoveries, along with traces of plants and animals also melting out of the ice, is the work of researchers in a brand-new scientific field called glacial archaeology. This one-of-a-kind introduction to the work of these researchers examines some of the fascinating artifacts that have been uncovered and the insights they provide into how our ancestors lived. It also describes the urgency of this work; as soon as these clues to the past become exposed to the elements, they begin to disintegrate.
Award-winning author Claire Eamer keeps the interest level high with her intriguing stories, organized into thirteen chapters. The accessible text is complemented by loads of eye-catching visuals, such as photos of actual artifacts and mummified remains, along with Drew Shannon's full-color illustrations. The table of contents, timeline, references, glossary and index enhance the book's classroom utility. This timely book is an excellent choice for updated lessons on the impacts of changes in the environment. Information here covers subjects ranging from science and technology to environmental studies to history and geography.
“A valuable resource in the study of climate change, environment, and history for students.” — School Library Journal
“... a readable and attractive book to wonder over ...” — CM Magazine
20 Female Friendships that Changed HIstory
by Sam Maggs
Spanning art, science, politics, activism, and even sports, these girl squads show just how essential female friendship has been throughout history and throughout the world. In this hilarious and heartfelt book, geek girl Sam Maggs takes you on a tour of some of history's most famous female BFFs, including:
Anne Bonny and Mary Read, the infamous lady pirates who sailed the seven seas and plundered with the best of the men
Jeanne Manon Roland and Sophie Grandchamp, Parisian socialites who landed front-row seats (from prison) to the French Revolution
Sharon and Shirley Firth, the First Nations twin sisters who would go on to become Olympic skiiers and break barriers in the sport
The Edinburgh Seven, the band of pals who fought to become the first women admitted to medical school in the United Kingdom
The Zohra Orchestra, the ensemble from Afghanistan who defied laws, danger, and threats to become the nation's first all-female musical group
Fun, feisty, and delightful to read—with empowering illustrations by artist Jenn Woodall—it's the perfect gift for your best friend.
“Maggs writes with a sly sense of humor and irreverence that keeps the text from ever feeling dry or dull. [Girl Squads] is upbeat and positive, itself a ‘journey of lady solidarity’ bound to educate and inspire readers of any gender.” — Shelf Awareness for Readers
“An impressively researched and fascinating compendium of history’s greatest gal pals.” — Booklist
Marvel: Fearless and Fantastic!
Female Super Heroes Save the World
co-written by Sam Maggs
From Captain Marvel and Wasp to Storm and Shuri, this beautiful book profiles dozens of aspirational female comic-book characters, all of whom use their intelligence, strength, kindness and courage to help others and save the world. Fierce fan-favourites such as Gamora, Squirrel Girl and Black Widow feature alongside lesser known faces from all corners of the Marvel comic-book universe. Young girls will discover modern, diverse heroes they can relate to and look up to, including America Chavez and Kamala Khan. Featuring a foreword by Marvel Comics writer Kelly Thompson, DK's Fearless and Fantastic! is the ultimate tribute to Marvel's most powerful women and girls, and a treasured gift for comic fans.
Illustrated with stunning comic-book artwork, and featuring inspiring quotations, each short biography is carefully curated to focus on the character's key abilities and achievements. With four chapters based on personal qualities—Determined, Daring, Compassionate and Curious—this book for girls and women of all ages will create new fans of comics, as well as inspiring comic-book creators of the future.
When the Truth Unravels
by RuthAnne Snow
Last month, Elin tried to kill herself.
She knows she’s lucky that her parents found her in time. Lucky to be going to prom with her three best friends, like any other teen. Like it never happened. And if she has anything to say about it, no one but her best friends will ever know it did.
Jenna, Rosie, and Ket will do anything to keep Elin’s secret—and to make sure it never happens again. That’s why they’re determined to make prom night feel just like it would have if this past spring hadn’t been as eventful. This could be the night that convinces Elin that life can go back to what it was.
Except, at prom, Elin goes missing.
Now it’s up to her friends to find her. But each of the girls has her own demons to face. Ket is being blackmailed by an ex. Rosie is falling in love for the first time. And Jenna . . .
Jenna is falling apart.
And no one, not even her best friends, knows why.
Heart-wrenching and utterly impossible to put down, When the Truth Unravels follows four friends as they confront their greatest hopes and darkest secrets during one life-changing night.
“A definite page-turner about teenage navigation through life; recommended for fans of John Green’s books, Jenny Torres Sanchez’s The Fall of Innocence, or Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why.” — School Library Journal
"Readers will be swept away into the narrative, which, sprinkled with first-world problems, also deals with the effects that mental health issues can have on relationships, and the #metoo movement. Ultimately, these are characters to root for, and readers will hope for them to come through their ordeals. A thrilling debut for fans of Dhonielle Clayton, Brandy Colbert, and John Green." — Booklist
Geek Girls Don’t Cry
Real-Life Lessons from Fictional Female Characters
by Andrea Towers
Geek girls don't cry…they get strong! Using examples from both real life and pop culture, entertainment writer Andrea Towers provides powerful tips on how women can overcome obstacles.
What does it mean for a woman to be strong—especially in a world where our conception of a “hero" is still so heavily influenced by male characters like Batman, Spider-Man, and Superman? Geek Girls Don't Cry explores the subject, offering advice tailor-made for fans of any age.
Andrea Towers, who works in public relations at Marvel Entertainment and has written about superheroines for outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, outlines some of the primary traits heroic women can call upon, like resilience, self-acceptance, and bravery, pulling in stories from real-life women as well as figures from the pop-culture pantheon. She also interviews the creators of our favorite fictional heroines, who discuss how they drew from their own experiences to develop these protagonists and how, conversely, their own creations continue to inspire them.
“In a market flush with biographical anthologies of awesome, powerful, and sometimes unknown women, Towers' book stands out, and not just because the women she discusses do not technically exist. She puts the creative in creative nonfiction as she takes the biographical details of fictional female characters and associates them with various real-life issues to empower and comfort readers... The power of using Geek Girls' stories in this context does not discount the fun of discussing their stories, making this an enjoyable read for anyone interested in pop culture, with particular relevance to those working to overcome struggles.” — Booklist (starred review)