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Carpenters and Catapults: A Girls Can Do Anything Book, by Carmen Petro

Tag along with Caitlyn as she enjoys some fun with her brothers during summer break. She has an important summer project to do for school, but it’s okay because she has plenty of time to do it. At least, she thinks she does. The next thing she knows, she finds herself in the middle of a construction site. There she meets Jo, the construction company’s owner. Through this new friendship, Caitlyn comes to realize that swinging a hammer and wielding a saw are much more fun than she thought…and can even help her with her homework.

The Girls Can Do Anything book series was written to inspire young girls to explore how women can impact the everyday world around them. These stories aren’t about competing with boys, or how much money they can make doing a certain job.  Instead, these stories are about empowering young girls to think outside the box about their future and realize they possess within themselves the power, imagination, and potential to control their own destiny. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and at Visit the illustrator’s website:

Carmen Petro was raised near the Allegheny Mountains in Southwestern Pennsylvania, but he now lives in the foothills of the scenic New Hampshire White Mountains with his wife, Sylvia, 5 dogs, and 2 cats. He and Sylvia raised 5 children that are all grown and on their own, the youngest of which is Caitlyn. Back when Caitlyn was just a pipsqueak, Carmen wrote a number of stories for his young daughter (loosely based on real people and the family’s real-life experiences) to encourage her and let her know that she has the potential to do anything she puts her mind to. Over time these stories evolved into a series of books written with the intent to encourage young girls to dream big, take control of their futures, think outside the box, and not let anyone tell them they can’t do something.

Caitlyn has since grown into a strong, confident, and successful young woman. It’s the author’s sincere hope that these stories encourage and motivate other young girls to chase their dreams and not let ANYONE stop them from realizing their God-given potential.

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