Ara the Star Engineer

Komal Singh, Illustrated by Ipek Konak

Ara is a young girl who loves BIG numbers. She wants to count all the stars in the sky… but how? This is an upbeat adventure of Ara and her sidekick droid, DeeDee (“Beep!”). They use smarts and grit to solve a BIG problem and discover an amazing algorithm! A quest that takes them through a whirlwind of intriguing locations at Innovation Plex—Data Centre, Ideas Lab, Coding Pods, and X-Space. Along the way, they encounter real-life women tech trailblazers of diverse backgrounds, including a Tenacious Troubleshooter, an Intrepid Innovator, a Code Commander and a Prolific Problem Solver. They tinker-and-tailor, build-and-fail, launch-and-iterate, and in the end discover an amazing algorithm of success—coding, courage, creativity, and collaboration (“Beeeeep!”).

Reviews

‘If she can see it, she can be it.’ With this story, girls can see leaders and be inspired to become one. A book for all ages and genders!
Geena Davis, Founder and Chair, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Komal Singh is a techie by day and a storyteller mom by night—one who loves coding and cupcakes, data crunching and day dreaming, pottery making and program planning. She was inspired to write this book when a hypothesis put forth by her 4-year-old daughter stunned her: “Engineers are boys.” Singh is passionate about using technology as an enabler and an equalizer for all. She takes part in kids’ coding clubs, sits on hackathon judge panels and volunteers with nonprofits on technology development. Komal grew up in India and studied Computer Science at Delhi University and later moved to Canada to complete her Masters’ degree in C.S. from Simon Fraser University. She has worked as a software engineer with tech consulting firms and is currently an Engineering Program Manager at Google. Komal lives in Waterloo, Canada, with her husband and two little kids.

Ipek Konak is a former art director and illustrator for an animation post-production company. She has worked as a freelancer for the last several years for companies such as Oxford University Press, London-based Nucco Brain and was a guest artist for Google Doodles. She has a fine arts degree in animation from Anadolu University, and she lives in Turkey.

ISBN 978-1-98902-505-5
$15.95 usd · $19.95 cdn
10 x 10 inches · 40 pages
Hardcover