Mya McLure, Brave Science Girl

Mya McLure, The Brave Science Girl: The Toad Cave

A family of toads, threatened by land development, is re-homed by an innovative and courageous second grader, Mya McLure. In this dazzling adventure, Mya McLure not only has to figure out a way to save the toads, but also how to help her teacher in a moment of unanticipated crisis.


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Dr. Shefali Tsabary
“An enchanting and inspiring children’s book that embodies the qualities needed for young girls to become change agents in our world.”

—Dr. Shefali Tsabary, New York Times bestselling author and clinical psychologist

Dr. Laura Markham“I highly recommend this book to parents, teachers, and young readers alike. Mya McLure, The Brave Science Girl not only entertains, but educates in a fun and engaging way, inspiring all young children, but especially girls, to see how science is relevant to their lives. Children will cheer for the heroine, who models how teamwork, courage and uniting around a common mission can make a difference in the world.”

—Dr. Laura Markham, author of the Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids series

Hunter Clarke-Fields“Fun and inspiring, Mya McLure is the kind of character that kids will love and that can pull us forward into a future of sustainability and balance with nature. I highly recommend Mya McLure, The Brave Science Girl!”

—Hunter Clarke-Fields, author of Raising Good Humans and Raising Good Humans Every Day

Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov“Douglas has created a lovely children’s story about Mya McLure, the Brave Science Girl. Children will be captivated by Mya’s adventures, while being introduced to animal and climate advocacy. Children of all ages learn that voices count and that they truly can make a difference.”

—Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov, founder of

Rania HussantMya McLure, The Brave Science Girl by Douglas Haddad is a captivating and beautifully written children’s book. The clever use of rhyme and motion throughout the storyline adds an extra layer of enjoyment for young readers. What also sets this children’s book apart is the inclusion of an interactive activity that can be easily done at home with children, making it a wonderful and engaging reading experience for families.”

—Rania Hussant, Mindful Parenting Coach

Miriam Menkarious“In the captivating world of ‘Mya McLure, The Brave Science Girl,’ young readers are encouraged to become enthusiastic environmental activists. It introduces them to words like ‘habitat,’ ‘eco-friendly,’ and even ‘legislature.’ The story revolves around Mya, who is passionate about the environment, and is faced with situations where she has to use her problem-solving skills and courage to help both the toads and her beloved teacher. The book also comes with a handy guide to building a home for toads, allowing young readers to apply the lessons learned from Mya’s story.”

—Miriam Menkarious, Autism Parent Advocate

Dr. Edwige Antier“In this marvelous story, young children will be inspired by the desire and confidence Mya McLure displays to help save the toads and the relationship she forges with her teacher to help the community at large.”

—Dr. Edwige Antier, French Pediatrician and Former National Deputy

Dr. Christopher Willard“Kids everywhere will look up to Mya McLure for inspiration and curiosity! Their parents and caregivers just might find some inspiration, too!”

—Dr. Christopher Willard, faculty at Harvard Medical School, and co-author of Alphabreaths and Feelings are Like Farts

Hanan Sabry“Douglas Haddad has embedded a wish list of character traits that every parent would want to cultivate in their children. Mya is brave, responsive, proactive, seeks advice when needed, stays calm to solve problems, is helpful to people, and demonstrates compassion to animals. Mya McLure, The Brave Science Girl embraces the needs of the heart to show empathy and the needs of the mind to show action.”

—Hanan Sabry, educational and parenting consultant, and founder and host of Compassionate Parenting online talks and conferences

Salam Hamzeh Ghaith“A captivating children’s book that teaches our youth about the power of compassion, courage, resilience, and using their voices to make a difference and create a positive impact on society and the environment. A must-read for young advocates!”

—Salam Hamzeh Ghaith, Founder and President of SmallWorld Foundation, Speaker and Humanitarian Activist