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Jordan Stratford, Kickstarter author, publishes science fiction books for girls

01/15/2015 06:13 EST | Updated 03/17/2015 05:59 EDT
A Saltspring author has published the first of a series of science fiction books for pre-teen girls.

The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency series stars Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, and Mary Shelley, writer of Frankenstein, as children who solve mysteries.

The first book, The Case of the Missing Moonstone, has the two girls solve a mystery when an heirloom goes missing.

"We have a dramatic and very critical deficit of female voices in these really critical careers in [science, tech, math and engineering]," author Jordan Stratford told On The Island's Gregor Craigie.

"Part of the way of addressing that is to make a real ligature, make a real connection between girlhood and the really natural tendencies of children to engage in science and to solve problems, and to seek out problems to solve."

The series has been picked up and published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of publishing house Random House.

Before he had a publisher, Stratford put his idea on crowd-funding website Kickstarter.

"The reason why I went to Kickstarter in the first place was to gauge interest and get a sense of scale. It allowed me to reach out to people that supported the values of the project."

The interest was there. Stratford's campaign —  which asked for $4,000 — raised $91,751.

To hear the full interview with author Jordan Stratford, click the audio labelled: Kickstarter author gets publishing deal.

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