Book 16 in my EJ12 Girl Hero series is released this month. In a special flashback mission, TIME TO SHINE takes readers back to when eight year-old Emma Jacks was first recruited to the SHINE Agency. SHINE recognises and nurtures its young agents’ potential, giving them both the skills and spirit to do amazing things – it gives them their time to shine.

Untitled1Which is I always wanted the series to do as well, in its own little way. I wanted it to show young girls, like my daughter, Emma, who was nine when I began the series, that they could do pretty much anything – and particularly things they might have thought only the boys could do. They could jump out of planes, indeed, fly the planes, drive the train, crack the codes, save the world, follow their hearts and their dreams.

And it’s so happy-making when they email saying that the series has inspired them, help them overcome their fear of the dark, of singing at a school concert or, best of all, standing up to a mean girl, probably one of the most heroic thing you can do when you are nine years old.

Which has got me thinking that we need to make more of the many excellent ‘girl hero’ female role models for our girls so I’m going to start a regular post on the ej12girlhero.com blog, telling the girls about the girl heroes of history and today – and to encourage them to find more.

Who should feature? Amelia Earhart, Malala Yousafzai, Mother Teresa, Evonne Cawley, Helen Keller, Marie Curie are some that spring to mind – who else?

3 Responses to “TIME TO SHINE”

  1. Taliya September 25, 2013 9:16 pm #

    hi Susannah
    I have a project that im doing at school about you
    can u give me more info ??
    if u can that would be awesome


    • bethany September 27, 2013 4:51 pm #

      Hi Taliya,

      Thanks for your message to Susannah. You can email your questions to her on info@susannahmcfarlane.com or you can visit Susannah’s About page on this site for more information on her for your project.

      Kind regards,

  2. Demelza Carlton January 10, 2014 3:42 pm #

    I bought Time To Shine for my daughter’s 7th birthday, at her school librarian’s recommendation, and she insisted she wanted the whole series for Christmas. Santa listened intently this year…and delivered. Now she’s reading them for the second time and came to teach me about caimans. As she watched me drafting up blog posts for my website, she asked whether you had one, too – so we came to have a look. :D

    Some Australian heroines that come to mind are:

    Grace Bussell, a sixteen-year-old girl who saved fifty people from the shipwreck of the SS Georgette, with the assistance of her father’s stockman, Sam Isaacs, and two horses in 1876.

    Fiona Stanley, an Australian medical researcher whose research now makes pregnant women take folate to prevent birth defects.

    Edith Cowan, the first woman member of an Australian parliament in 1921.

    We hope it helps :D

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