My AHS Capstone Disciplinary Deliverable is a children's historical fiction novel inspired by the American Girl series. In "Meet Carolyn," the title character is a bright 11-year-old girl growing up in Levittown, NY, in 1957. She wishes to enter a new science fair at her school, but is urged not to by her parents and her school enemy Richie, who believe that science fairs are only for boys. Carolyn is insistent in entering the fair, however, and learns many lessons about science and life in her quest to win first place. This novel gave me the opportunity to explore a wide variety of subjects, including the changing roles of women in American society in the 1950s, the art of writing children's literature, and how to apply historical context to a work of fiction.
Gerhat, Leslie, "Meet Carolyn" (2009). 2009 AHS Capstone Projects. 15.