Ara the Star Engineer

Komal Singh

This is a STEM book and more! An inspiring, inclusive, whimsical way to learn about computers and technology from real-life trailblazers.

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!”).

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“‘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!”

“Ara and her friends are more than just characters; they are models for girls and boys to follow, if they are curious about the world—and want to build a better one.”

“Ara’s story can inspire a whole new generation of girls to become engineers, coders, or computer scientists. Our world needs more girls like Ara.”


“Stories help us understand ourselves, each other, and the world around us. In a more and more technical world we need stories like Ara’s to help us bring up the next generation of problem solvers.”

“The world needs more girls in tech and curious, young Ara provides a delightful entry point. This book is a beautifully illustrated adventure highlighting diverse, real-life engineer role models sure to inspire future STEM stars.”

“This book is beautifully drawn and supports a great cause! It is so important to encourage our young girls to become leaders in STEM fields—and this book does just that. A great bedtime story for any little engineer-to-be.”

“We need to fill girls lives with images and stories of women excelling in STEM. This book shows girls there is a place for them in the tech world and that their voices matter. We will be recommending this book as a staple.”


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 four-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 master’s degree in the same field 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.

ISBN 978-1989025055
$19.95 CAD $15.95 USD
Published October 16, 2018
10 x 10 40 Pages
Hardcover, ebook