A feisty girl engineer endeavors to help an injured crow fly in this vibrant, STEAM-infused tale of determination, ingenuity, and friendship.
“This story of a girl engineer is sorely needed and has potential to develop and nourish readers’ interest in STEAM subjects.” ―Kirkus Reviews
Izzy Gizmo’s inventions are marvelous, magnificent…and often malfunction. Despite the fact that she loves to invent, it never seems to work out in her favor. But when she finds a crow with a broken wing, she has to help!
Izzy tries again and again to build the crow a new pair of wings, but nothing is working. Can Izzy overcome her failures? Or is her friend destined to live as a crow who can’t fly?
Author Pip Jones tells an inspiring story of creativity and perseverance in the face of failure while spotlighting friendship and intergenerational relationships. Bright, zany art from the acclaimed Sara Ogilvie adds to the zeal.
“The bright pops of color make the artwork vivid and appealing. The text is full of challenging new words for young readers and the text rhymes, which allows the story to flow in a fun, inventive way. The theme of not giving up after a first, second, and third failure will resonate with readers of all ages. This book will inspire kids to get out there and to try new things.” ―School Library Journal
“This story of a girl engineer is sorely needed and has potential to develop and nourish readers’ interest in STEAM subjects. Additionally, themes of creativity and tenacity, together with the portrayal of a girl who’s allowed to show anger and frustration, make this a worthwhile read. Fun, with depth.” ―Kirkus Reviews
Parents’ Choice Fun Stuff Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2018
Building STEAM with DIA Booklist (K-Grade 2) ―ALSC, 2019
Children’s Book Award (2nd Place) ―Florida Literacy Association, 2019-2020
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2019
Alabama Camellia Award (Nominee, Grades 2-3) ―Alabama Department of Education, 2019-2020
Children’s Book Award (Nominee) ―Florida Literacy Association, 2019-2020
Delaware Diamonds Awards (Nominee, K-2) ―Diamond State Reading Association, 2019-2020
Mockingbird Award (Nominee) ―Abilene Independent School District, 2018-2019
Treasure State Award (Nominee) ―Montana State Reading Council, 2020
Storytelling World Resource Awards (Honor, Stories for Young Listeners) ―Storytelling World magazine, 2019
AR Level: 3.5
F&P: M, Gr 2, Genre RF
Themes: Creativity, Consequences, Family, Friendship, Ingenuity, Perseverance
BISAC 1: JUV014000 JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women
BISAC 2: JUV036000 JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Technology
BISAC 3: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship