Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Ship of Cloud and Stars by Amy Raphael

It’s April 1832 and Nico has had enough of being told she can’t do anything because she’s a girl. Her love of science and reading aren’t appreciated by her parents who think she just doesn’t understand her place in the world and has no right to an opinion.

Nico’s parents also think it’s ridiculous that her Aunt Ruth pretends to be a man and travels the world as a scientist. Is Aunt Ruth a terrible influence on Nico or actually an incredible role model?

When Nico sneaks on board a ship and becomes an accidental stow-away, she is thrown into the adventure of a lifetime. There is no doubt that girls are just as clever as boys, that girls are valuable and that girls are strong. Suddenly, Nico’s knowledge of seeds and science are appreciated and necessary if the crew are going to stop some pirates and make a real difference to the world.

I can’t wait to share this empowering story with my daughter. She is a firm believer in the power of girls and is sure to be inspired by Nico and her determination to follow her dreams.

Thank you to Hachette Children’s for this fantastic book!

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