Tween GirlMogul Books

Do you have a tween?  Then you know they are unique breed onto themselves.  And we have books for them….

 

Saving Hannah  – Or How to Rewrite History – Amazon.com Best Seller – An engaging teen novel by Andrea Stein, Saving Hannah is the sort of book that encourages girls to think beyond reality television and fruit-flavored lip-gloss. Meet Rose, her parents decide to start an organic farm, which transplants her from Manhattan to rural Weston. She’s not happy about this until she takes part in a contest sponsored by the Atlas Institute for Leadership-the grand prize is a trip to New York City. Her teammates in the challenge are Poppy, a science geek, Daisy, a bad girl gamer, and Lily, an overachieving know-it-all. With her eye on the Big Apple, Rose recovers a diary in the library that clears a founding member of Weston of wrongdoings and learns that each of her new gal pals brings something to the table to outsmart the mayor, rival teams, and the cagey Dr. Smith who concocted the entire contest as a plot that’s anything but civic-minded. This debut is first in a series about their girl power adventures.
Ages 9-12.      Buy Now at Amazon.com – eBook or Paperbook

 

 

Goal Setting for Kids – Girl Power Rules – Inspiration and Motivation for Tweens – In Girl Power Rules, Goal Setting for Kids, tween girls will be taken on an exciting journey, meeting successful women – none of whom are celebrities, rock stars or actors. Instead these real, successful women have started businesses, founded causes and started movements. And they will inspire tween girls to do the same. Plus, the book has the Get Goaling workbook, a step by step goal setting guide for kids that will help your daughter dream big and craft a plan of action.  Buy Now at Amazon.com…$3.99

Savign Hannah Hits #1

Hi All GirlMoguls – we just want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone – yesterday Amazon.com promoted Saving Hannah or How to Rewrite History and we managed to hit #1 in Children’s eBooks – we hope you all enjoyed reading our adventure – and look forward to the next one – due in February 2012.

See the proof here:

 

Again a HUGE THANKS!  Don’t forget to spread the word about the GirlMoguls  – you can buy the book here –

Interview with Bindi Irwin – Real Life Animal rescurer

Hey GirlMoguls – we had the chance to talk to Bindi Irwin, who’s a tween but has quite the reputation as a wildlife animal expert and rescurer.  She gets to travel the world helping animals, plus she lives at the zoo (for real!) and has a new series of books based on her adventures – we got her to give us the dish on what’s it’s like to be a real life adventure-ess: (And You Can Buy Her Books Here: http://www.amazon.com/Trouble-Zoo-Bindi-Wildlife-Adventures/

 

The books are based on your real life adventures – can you tell us how you find your adventures – or do they find you?

Both!  The idea behind the books was to write stories that were enjoyable to all kids and that were fictional, based on our family’s real life adventures.

It was a lot of fun helping with the books because I was a co-creator. I got to proofread the final copy of all of the books to make sure that the facts were correct and that the story line was how I wanted it to be. I also got to pick the animals and the storylines that the books were based on.

The first book, Trouble at the Zoo, is about my birthday at Australia Zoo and how it almost got ruined by a 10 year old boy trying to sneak one of our beautiful water dragons out of the zoo. It is fantastic!

The second book, Rescue, is about a trip to South Africa. My friend Hannah and I discover a nature preserve for the giant stable antelope that is being used for illegal hunting at night.  It’s an exciting story!

 

You seem to have so much going on – books, TV, school – how do you balance it all?  Can you give other tween girls tips on how they can achieve their dreams and stay focused on their goals?

My advice is a good education and willingness to volunteer and demonstrate passion. My dad always taught me that one man can make a difference, and I believe that one kid can make a difference too.

 

What’s been your favorite adventure?

When I was filming Free Willy I got to work with some incredible African wildlife.  I also got to work with a little penguin called Englebert and he was quite the character.  They used to get him to walk to the camera by putting some of his penguin friends behind the camera and he would waddle towards them.  It was really very interesting working with trained animals as opposed to the wildlife I film with in documentaries.

 

Where so you see yourself in five and ten years?

When I get older, I would like to tackle bigger issues. I would like to tackle even greater issues that are troubling our planet. We have a lot of problems. The single greatest challenge we face today is an ever exploding population. There are serious issues with wildlife farming, for example, which also need to be considered.

I want to carry on my dad’s legacy. I think of myself as a teacher and I know my dad was a teacher too. I’m lucky that I’m not only talking to adults, but also to children. I think it’s so important to empower kids because we are the next voters. We are the next decision makers, and we are the next generation making a difference on our planet.

I will be continuing to fight to save the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve from the threat of being strip mined and carrying on in my dad’s footsteps. If you would like to help me Save Steve’s Place please go to www.australiazoo.com and sign the petition.

Princesses for Real

Hey GirlMoguls – unless you have been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard that there’s a pretty big wedding happening over in Merry ole England. Prince William, the heir to the throne of England is marrying Kate Middleton (who is not a princess or royalty of any kind – ’cause she wasn’t born that way).

While everyone is speculating over the flavor of the wedding cake and what the bride will wear (we’re umm guessing it’s a dress), we thought you might want to hear about some real princesses – (ok so Kate will be a real Princess, but in case you haven’t noticed, royals these days don’t have that much to do — most countries with princes and princesses also have other forms of elected government.)

Maybe when you were a little girl, you dreamed of becoming a princess – by marrying a prince…or being discovered by a fairy godmother or some other sort of magic.  And well, then you grew up, and you probably realized that the openings for princesses are pretty few and far between – and it looks like one is just about to get taken.

Besides – do you know what princesses do all day – well neither do we…in fact, being a princess today seems a lot less interesting than it used to be.  In case you haven’t noticed, most kings and queens – and princesses – and been pushed aside in favor of presidents, premiers and prime ministers…all forms of elected government.

Good news is that you don’t have to be born a president – or marry one to become one – you can get there all on your own.  But it takes hard work, skill, brains…you know real stuff.

Which is why we thought you might like to take some lessons from the past – from real queens and princesses – who ruled lands, directed economies, negotiated treaties and led armies – pretty cool – huh.  Sure they probably had nicer clothes than everyone else, but that wasn’t all they cared about.

To help us learn all about these power women of yore, we’re digging deep into a new book series for tweens, called the Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses by ShirinYim.  In this series, she profiles 6 kick booty rulers from the past.  So in honor of the royal wedding, we’re featuring  the 6 princesses in this series.  Each is the subject of a book by Shirin Yim Bridges that you can buy on Amazon or at any fine bookstore.

Princess Hatshepsut of Egypt

Princess Hatshepsut was the daughter of a Pharaoh, born around 1500 BC. She had two older brothers, but both died before they could claim the throne.  Her father, the king had quite a problem on his hand…in Ancient Egypt women couldn’t rule.  So he married her to one of her half brothers (icky to us, but normal for Egyptian royalty).  After the death of her “husband” Hatshepsut became Pharaoh in her own right, even dressing like a man to make sure her subjects got the idea who was really in charge.

Hatshepsut ruled for many years and helped make Egypt one of the richest countries in the ancient world – by building up trade with other countries instead of fighting wars.  She ruled for 22 years, but after her death, her name mysteriously vanished from history, until it was uncovered by modern scholars.

While there are many theories about why, the most probable is that the Ancient Egyptians weren’t too keen on having another Queen – so they pretended like it had never happened…Well, thanks goodness for modern day Egyptologists and their unveiling of Hatshepsut….you can get the book here….Hatshepsut of Egypt – The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses