It’s Not Rocket Science

… but it is the first adventure of THE GEEKY F@B FIVE!

Join Lucy Monroe as she enters her first day at Earhart Elementary – and boy, is it one for the yearbook!

By recess she has launched herself off the rusty monkey bars and ended up face down onto the blacktop. The principal closes the rickety playground, and now the whole school is mad! What’s a new girl to do? Create a band of geeky friends to build a cool new playground together! Easy, right?

Join Lucy, the gang, Hubble the snarky kitty, and their TV reporter buddy, Suzy Pundergast, to find out if they can prove the meanies wrong because when girls stick together, anything is possible!

 

What people are saying about It’s Not Rocket Science …

This is a great book for girls AND boys! Our 11 and 8 year old boys loved this graphic novel. And I loved how the authors didn’t just single out boys as being the sole source of oppression against girls—other girls sometimes create barriers. I loved how this team of young girls worked together to make their world a better place. And how fun is it that this was co-written by a young middle schooler and her mom. We’ve already got the next book pre-ordered. Wish I could give it more than 5 stars!
Suzanne (Amazon.com)

I just finished this book and it was great. Good story, characters you wished you could be friends with, and great detailed illustration. I’m sending it off to a seven year old kid . She’ll love it. Hubble is the cat we have all met in way or another. Girls rock, but I think boys will like this book too.
– Dee (Amazon.com)

This graphic novel is a terrific alternative to many of the juvenile trade books that stereotype girls and their interests. Science and social studies references, as well as a dash of humor and pop culture, make this a likeable book for ALL young readers. Messages about supporting others and working as a team are woven into this fun story.
– Teacher in Two (Amazon.com)

This book is wonderful for all ages. It touched on so many topics that affect so many families today. It sends the right message and shares first hand experiences. Amazing girls wrote this book to encourage other amazing girls. Love it!
– Amanda (Amazon.com)

What a fantastic book!! Love that there is finally a graphic novel targeting girls in STEM!! And it has a fantastic story line! Not only did my 9 year old daughter love it, my 11year old son though it was great too!!
– Amy L. Kramer (Amazon.com)

I highly recommend this book if you have middle school age girls interested in STEM. It’s beautifully illustrated as well as diverse… 10/10 read.
– Skyler (Amazon.com)

The positive messages in this book make it an easy recommendation for kids in grades 2-5.

Lucy and her friends ban together to help get new playground equipment for their school. The journey to their goal isn’t an easy one. There are horrible fundraisers that don’t go well and bullies who want to stop them. However, in the end, their individual talents pooled together make them successful.

The book is wonderful in that it shows strong female protagonists working as a team toward a common goal. The positive messages of sticking together and girls being able to be anything is powerful and what this demographic needs to have reinforced. Kids will easily be able to relate to the characters and see a bit of themselves in them. Plus there is Hubble the Cat to provide comic relief along the way.

I’d recommend this book to any kids who like Raina Telgemeier books, Cece Bell books, or Victoria Jamieson books OR to the kids who want to read those other authors but may need a stepping stone before attempting them.

– Marta Timbrook (Amazon.com)

I cannot wait to use this book in my classroom! There are so many learning tracks to pursue, including real world problem solving, teamwork, recognition of your own and others’ gifts and to keep going in the face of setbacks. In addition to all that stuff teachers love, the kids will love that it’s a graphic novel with very memorable characters that kids can relate to. Also, the brightly animated artwork is very appealing to students. The book mascot, Hubble, is delightful comic relief and adds extra fun to story line. I am looking forward to future installments of the Geeky Fab 5!

– JLaird (Amazon.com)

After finishing this book, I turned to my brother who teaches science and told him to get a copy. Do I need to say anything else?

Really?

Okay, this book is about five girls who become friends because they are all a bit geeky, smart, and most seem to want to go into STEM fields. I say most because Lucy is unsure, but it is made clear that being unsure is okay. They are not just science nerds. They have other interests as well (such as fashion and singing), and they know history. They go to a school named after Amelia Earhart after all.

The group is diverse, as anyone can see from the cover, and last names included Martinez and Kumar. One girl is even adopted. While parents are very much in the background, suggests are made about the parents – A.J.’s father, for instance, works in robotics. While none of the girls is physically disabled, family members are.

The plot of the story centers around fixing the school’s playground as well as dealing with stupid boys who believe girls can’t be coders. The playground plot is interesting because one of the girls, Lucy, blames herself for it being closed to students. Her friends refuse to buy into that train of thought and are supportive of her.

There is also a cat called Hubble. He talks like a cat. There is also a bit end that gives more information about the famous women mentioned in the book. Additionally, at a time where women who either act or like Star Wars are being targeted by “fanboys”, it is nice to read a book where the girls like Star Wars.

Highly recommended.
– Christine (GoodReads)

It’s not Rocket Science introduces you to the Geeky f@b 5. A group of girls who come together to help rebuild their playground. I really enjoyed this book as it showed that kids using their voices can be heard and they can make a difference. It showed them banning together to achieve their goals, and even when it looked like they would fail, they were able to overcome.
– Debbie (GoodReads)

As a public library librarian, this graphic novel is exactly what our girls need! Positive encouragement. To know it is okay to be different. That girls need to work together instead of hurting or tearing down one another. To stand up for what you believe in. So many girls need to hear and know this. I look forward to the rest of the series. The illustrations are great and Hubble the cat is a wonderfully hilarious. i will be recommending this book.
– Cindy (GoodReads)

What an engaging story that’s positive and encouraging as well!
– Christine (GoodReads)

Girl Power!
This graphic novel about 5 grade school girls who use their skills, abilities, and the bonds of friendship to solve problems is delightful and insightful. The girls are encouraged to use their unique personal skillsets and teamwork to solve problems, and they are applauded for their ideas and efforts. The illustrations are excellent, the characters and story funny and engaging. The authors intertwine family, friendship, history, science, math, and humor with learning how to navigate the social waters of school life. This book empowers girls to be themselves and not worry about the opinions of others, to create goals, and to work toward those goals with confidence! It was an entertaining read for this reviewer, and I don’t even have children! (I also don’t have cats but find Hubble to be hilarious). I look forward to reading the next installments in this series, and I recommend the Geeky Fab Five to anyone with daughters or other young women in their lives!
– Kim (GoodReads)

Where was this book when my daughter was in grade school?! THIS is exactly what our elementary age girls should be reading today. It’s original, smart, and funny, and the cool thing is it was co-authored by a mom, Liz Lareau, and her 12-year old daughter, Lucy, based on Lucy’s real-life friendships and experiences. The Geeky Fab 5 introduces a group of grade school girlfriends that includes a future astronaut, robotics engineer, environmentalist, mathematician, and computer programmer. The story is super entertaining and empowering (for me AND my now teenage daughter), the illustrations are delightful, and the emphasis on young girls interested in STEM, as well as in building compassionate friendships and a better community, is fresh and compelling. I love the way the book weaves in insights on bullying, healthy eating, women’s history, and much more, without ever coming off as “educational.” I’ll be recommending to all my friends’ daughters and granddaughters. Cannot wait to read the next in the series. 
– Colleen (GoodReads)

I LOVED this book! We were lucky enough to have the authors visit our school today and the kids loved it! The book totally nails all of the nuances of kids, while spreading such a positive message to girls! I can’t wait to read the others!
– Ashley (GoodReads)

This was cute. The kid and I both liked it.
– Dylan Benito (GoodReads)

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