Discussion: Girl power in books with @magicaeseries


A festival in Nosaj’s honor has been interrupted by a mysterious challenger wearing the Circulus de Potentia, a band of gold that gives him unstoppable strength and power. One by one the Guardians fall and a race is on for Alex to go find the wizard with a secret regarding the curious symbol on the golden band. Finding this peculiar wizard named Pythagoras wouldn't be such a daunting task if it wasn't for the packs of wolves that roam the forest and a maze she and her friends will have to solve as well as a riddle fashioned by Daedalus himself. What awaits Alex in the Forest of Factors? Can Archimedes solve the equation in time? Can the Guardians stop this invincible challenger?

A symbol unknown, a riddle unsolved, a maze guarded by a monster, a race against time to find the secrets of the Circulus de Potentia and the most precious thing in the world.

Girl power in Books:

Girlpower. It is a word filled with positive connotations, but most imagery of the word evokes strength and power from a physical sense. As you say the word you can imagine a girl flexing her muscles or showing a fierce attitude like the depictions of many modern day animated fairytales. Which is good from an esteem perspective, but where are the images of a girl scoring straight A’s in school?

 Where are the images of women scientists or engineers accomplishing great things in their industries? People don’t think of these roles when they think of girlpower. Yet that to me is true girlpower. Studies have routinely shown how girl’s confidence in STEM subjects often decline during puberty. In the Always’s campaign #LikeAGirl, it showed a dramatic rift in the young girls we raise up to be empowered becoming marginalized by society somewhere along their journey in life. 

 I am a father of two girls and female empowerment and gender equality mean something to me. I always tell my girls they are smart and beautiful. I always tell them they are smart FIRST. They need to understand that what is in their minds is more important than what is on the outside of their skin. Their limits are only perceptions of their mind. Their boundaries limited only by their mind’s ability to overcome personal obstacles like self-doubt, low esteem, and anxiety. To me knowledge is empowering. My girls with smart minds can tackle anything thrown their way. I am proud to say they are both honor roll students and excel in science and math subjects.

Many years ago, back before my first daughter was born, I came up with a concept to write a series of books that would showcase math and its importance in our real world in a fantasy setting. My goal was to inspire my children to study math and science more. Writing the first book took me over a decade due to life events and working overseas for the US Military. I did manage to finish it in 2014. I tried to get publishers interested, but many didn’t respond or they responded with “Latin and maths in a fantasy is too difficult”. I gave up on traditional publishing and self-published the first in the series, Libellus de Numeros (Book of Numbers).

 I was new to the world of publishing and being an author, but to my surprise the world has responded that “Latin and maths in a fantasy is BRILLIANT!” Since then I have seen my series logo reach over 28 countries, all seven continents, and seen by millions online. I have won two medals, and received three honorable mentions from the San Francisco, New York, and Hollywood Book Festivals for Libellus de Numeros.

 I have hundreds of five star reviews online and every day I interact with fans from around the world. My two daughter’s think the response is amazing and the accolades are well deserved (Thanks Mya and Tia!). Book two is out now and it already has topped the first book on Amazon. I truly believe that these books can make a difference in a girl’s life. They have made a difference in my girl’s lives. I believe with focusing on education through the STEM subjects we can empower our young girls towards success in their lives. Then we can change the problem of gender equality. Then we can change the equation; change the world; change a girl’s life.

To find out more visit MagicaeMathematica.com or check out #mathISmagical & #mathISpowerful today!

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Thanks to Jim for writing a great guest post. I agree, I think girl power still has too much of physical meaning. We need to show more appreciation for girl brain power! 

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