Join the anti-princesses as they go on a holiday cruise in a special summer edition that includes stories and activities.
Samantha Turnbull is a multi-award winning journalist currently working at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2003 she was the youngest finalist in Australia's premiere media awards, The Walkleys, and has since been named Journalist of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year several times in the Prodis (Northern NSW Journalism Awards), and Feature Writer of the Year in the APN annual journalism awards. Her writing has been featured in publications including ABC online, the Canberra Times, Daily Telegraph, Northern Star, SHE magazine, Cosmopolitan and the Walkley magazine.
In this latest addition to the series, Maths whiz Emily Martin has won a place in a video game competition - on a summer cruise! And her best friends Bella, Grace and Chloe are with her all the way.
While onboard, the girls set themselves a few anti-princess missions: win the regatta, rescue the endangered turtle, show the gift shop manager that dolls can be more than be pretty, and prove to the gamers that girls can compete - and win!
Can the anti-princesses work together to complete their missions, and maybe pick up some new members along the way?
This is not just a series for girls though – if we are to challenge and change the stereotypical thinking that is creeping back into our society, they need to be shared with the boys and their underlying message discussed. One of the critical aspects of being information literate is to be able to determine the author’s perspective and identify bias towards a preconceived belief that might shape their writing. Promoting this series of books as a class read would be a perfect platform to start an examination of widely-held beliefs and encourage our students to start questioning the status quo – just because something is common doesn’t mean it’s correct.
Big tick to Samantha Turnbull for creating more than just another series of stories for girls. Not only is this not staying on my library’s shelves because of appeal and demand, it was in Miss 9’s Christmas stocking and she loves it. During her time here, she read it five times despite having a load of other titles available, and was inspired to write a letter to the author. Proof of the pudding…
Barbara Braxton, Teacher Librarian, NSW