Dive into our first ever Junior Greene Box with Susan J. Austin's Drawing Outside the Lines:
Meet the brilliant, fearless, and ambitious Julia Morgan. In 1883, eleven-year-old Julia visits the amazing new Brooklyn Bridge - an experience that ignites within her a small but persistent flame. Someday, she decides, she too will build an astounding structure.
Growing up in horse-and-buggy Oakland, Julia enjoys daring fence walks, climbing the tallest trees, and constantly testing her mother's patience with her lack of interest in domestic duties and social events. At a time when "brainy" girls are the object of ridicule, Julia excels in school and consistently outsmarts her ornery brothers - but she has an even greater battle ahead. When she enrolls at university to study engineering, the male students taunt her, and the professors belittle her. Through it all, however, Julia holds on to her dream of becoming an architect. She faces each challenge head-on, firmly standing up to those who believe a woman's place is in the home. Fortunately, the world has yet to meet anyone like the indomitable Miss Morgan.
Drawing Outside the Lines is an imagined childhood of pioneering architect Julia Morgan, who left behind an extraordinary legacy of creativity, beauty, and engineering marvels.
"Diligent research and rich imagination make Susan Austin's new book on the young Julia Morgan a pleasure to read for all ages. This book is a charming introduction to a great woman architect." - Sarah Gill, author of Julia Morgan's Berkeley City Club.
Recommended for ages 10+
Our Junior Greene Box includes a copy of Drawing Outside the Lines: A Julia Morgan Novel, a steel model kit of the Brooklyn Bridge (those under 14 may need adult assistance), three postcards, a set of mini colored pencils and an acorn wish bracelet.
Be sure to check out our "Drawing Outside the Lines" supplementary collection for additional reading and other fun things.