Friday, April 10, 2015

BNG FRIDAY: A Little Bit Truer by Valerie Hunter

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.

A Little Bit Truer

Valerie Hunter

Fifteen-year-old Zaylie hasn't seen her mother in so long, she wonders if she'd recognize the woman who gave birth to her. One thing's for sure - mother and daughter couldn't be more different. While her mother found fame as an interstellar entertainment star, Zaylie is devoted to becoming a research scientist. Her future's looking pretty bright too - until her mother's unexpected return flips her life upside down.


I loved how this story highlighted the Zaylie's internal conflict. It's a dilemma I think a lot of real-world girls face - whether to pursue the glamorous life or do what you love, even if it's "uncool."

Valerie Hunter is a high school English teacher whose stories have appeared in magazines including Cicada and Cricket, and in the YA anthologies Cleavage: Breakaway Fiction for Real Girls and Real Girls Don't Rust. She is also currently working towards her MFA in children's and young adult
literature at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Valerie wrote A Little Bit Truer for Brave New Girls because she believes girls should be encouraged to work towards whatever dreams they set their minds to.

BRAVE NEW GIRLS will be released in Summer 2015! Sign up here to receive a notification when it's available to order.

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