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Marsha Is Magnetic

Beth Ferry, Lorena Alvarez (Illustrator)


List Price: 17.99*
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It turns out that the best way to draw others to you is by being yourself in this sweet, STEAM-minded picture book from New York Times best-selling author Beth Ferry. 

Marsha is a scientist who has never met a problem she couldn't solve. But when it comes to making friends to invite to her birthday party, she is stumped.
Luckily, Marsha knows the solution to being stumped: the scientific method.
With equal parts creativity, determination, and humor, Marsha sets out to attract as many friends as she can—what could possibly go wrong?

In this hilarious celebration of friendship and ingenuity, Beth Ferry and Lorena Alvarez show readers that the best way to attract friends is to simply be yourself.

Praise For Marsha Is Magnetic

"Lifting up the theme of promoting STEM for girls, Ferry (Swashby and the Sea) builds the story around the principles of scientific research (“Formulate a hypothesis. Test the hypothesis. Analyze data. Make a conclusion”). Crisp-edged spreads in deep, brilliant hues by Alvarez (The Magical Yet) contribute energy and verve. Kids who struggle to navigate school social pressures will recognize themselves in Marsha’s story, and they’ll be drawn to her determination to make friends without squelching her own distinctive personality." Publishers Weekly

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780544735842, 32pp.

Publication Date: January 26, 2021

About the Author

Beth Ferry loves to wander, explore and mainly laze on the shore, but only in the summer. She is the author of several picture books, including Stick and Stone. She lives with her husband and three children by the beach in New Jersey.  
Twitter: @bethferry1

Lorena Alvarez is a freelance illustrator based in Bogotá, Colombia. Her work has appeared in children books, independent publications, advertising and fashion magazines. She is the author-illustrator of the graphic novel Nightlights.