Every Friday until its publication, I'm going to blog something about Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets, a YA sci-fi anthology featuring tech-savvy heroines. The goal is to encourage more girls to enter Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math professions. All revenues from sales of the anthology will be donated to a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers.
Today, I'm spotlighting one of the stories that will be featured in the anthology.
Kimberly G. Giarratano
Seventeen-year-old Philly Ramirez already has one criminal conviction hanging over her head because of her past as a hacker. Now, she just wants to do her job. There are worse things than being a graveyard hologram technician, taking care of the devices that shine beside the tombstones at a cemetery outside Atlantic City. Then, Zavier, who'd been one of the guards at the prison she'd been held in, barges into her life and reveals shocking information about her brother. The new revelations draw Philly into a web of deceit and danger - even murder - and force her to do the unthinkable: get back into the hacking game.
WHY WE PICKED IT
This is a wonderfully written mystery with a creeptastic aura surrounding its graveyard setting. I loved how Philly is a reluctant heroine - she's already had her adventure and been burned for it, but ends up getting dragged into a new situation. The tension of story really drew me in.
Kimberly G. Giarratano lives in the woods of northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and small children. She is a former ESL teacher and YA librarian. Kimberly dreams of moving to Key West where she can write in a small studio, just like Hemingway.
THOUGHTS ON BRAVE NEW GIRLS
Kimberly is excited to participate in the anthology and show her baby daughter that girls can and do make big contributions in science and engineering.
BRAVE NEW GIRLS will be released in Summer 2015! Sign up here to receive a notification when it's available to order.