Ada & Zangemann – A Tale of Software, Skateboards, and Raspberry Ice Cream

I have just suggested my local library should get this book: Ada & Zangemann – A Tale of Software, Skateboards, and Raspberry Ice Cream.

the book cover

The famous inventor Zangemann lives in a huge villa high above the city. Adults and children alike love his inventions and are desperate to have them. But then... the inventor makes a momentous decision... The clever girl Ada sees through what is going on. Together with her friends, she forges a plan...

Ada begins to experiment with hardware and software, and in the process realises how crucial it is for her and others to control technology.

The President of FSFE, Matthias Kirschner wrote this story, expressing the frustrations and joys that are the driving passion for many of us hacker types, but which children rarely encounter until long after becoming indoctrinated into Big Tech's grip on their lives.

I hope it will encourage my children in tinkering with hardware and software, and encourage them and their friends to shape their own technology.

Order it from No Starch Press in the USA, and via bookshops world-wide with the ISBN 978-1-718-50318-2.

Or could you suggest it to your local library? Or donate it to your school?

This is fun! This is important! Let's tell Ada's story!

— “In this hopeful story Ada and her friends join a movement that started back in 1983. Their courageous adventure of software freedom and learning how technology works is a wonderful way to introduce young people everywhere to the joys of tinkering!” — Zoë Kooyman, Executive Director, Free Software Foundation

Find reviews and more, on both the FSFE's and No Starch Press' pages linked above.


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