–Jesica DeHart, Neill Public Library, Pullman, WA
This is a fun, well-illustrated early chapter book that encompasses all the zany STEM encouragement of Beatty’s picture books with an even bigger dose of empathy and world-building. Young Rosie is introduced to her great-aunt Rose’s club of Raucous Riveters whose all-female members were the inspiring brawn and brains on the homefront building planes during WWII. These sassy seniors still gather regularly. When one of the women experiences a temporary disability, the whole group wants to help find a way for her to continue to live life to its fullest. Ava Twist and Iggy Peck are a big part of Rosie’s problem-solving and perseverance, so it’s a good multi-generational friendship story as well as a charming look at engineering in everyday life.
–Tegan Tigani, Queen Anne Book Company, Seattle, WA