Book to inspire girls
Ka¯ piti children’s author Linda Hansen took months researching the 25 women from 25 countries whose brief biographies appear at the back of her latest young adult book The Fire Keeper’s Girls.
In the story two troubled teenagers encounter a mysterious game involving real-life women.
Linda depicts a community able to embrace the gifts that every girl brings with her at birth, creating a real community, not fantasy, where girls aren’t family property to trade or blank pages to be etched with cultural demands.
In this community, strong, unrestricted women already enjoy the best of themselves so girls can easily recognise where they belong.
The book has been endorsed by women leaders in both science and the arts and was called, “the book every woman wishes she had read as a teenager” by GirlBoss NZ founder and 2018 Young Woman of Influence winner Alexia Hilbertidou. As a member of the Ka¯ piti Children’s Writing Group, Linda’s writing career has made her aware that to survive in the current workplace many women are unconsciously socialised to please and to defer to men.
“Careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM fields), stereotypically assumed to be masculine, are extra daunting for young women who rarely see themselves reflected in these areas.
“Women who excel in such work are still written out of history yet female mentors offer an important perspective that girls can’t get from male colleagues.
“The game in The Fire Keeper’s Girls explores some mischievous remedies for this predicament.”
The Fire Keeper’s Girls is available at Paper Plus outlets, the National Library bookstore, through Onepoto Press and Copy Press, Nelson.
Linda Hansen with her new book The Fire Keeper’s Girls.