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A Mighty Girl's 2018 Books of the Year

101–126 of 126 items
  1. A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea (Young Readers' Edition)

    One Teen Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival

    Doaa Al-Zamel was only a teenager when the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, forcing her family to flee to Egypt. It soon became obvious that it wasn't safe for Syrians to live there, either, so Doaa and her fiance made a difficult decision: pay a smuggler to take them to Europe, where they might find both safety and opportunity. When the fishing vessel carrying them and five hundred other refugees was rammed and started to sink, though, Doaa had to fight for survival yet again. As she did in the adult readers' version of A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea, Melissa Fleming lets Doaa's compelling story speak for the millions of refugees facing the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time with determination and hope.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $7.40
  2. Streetcar to Justice

    How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York

    On her way to church in July 1854, Elizabeth Jennings was refused a seat on a streetcar, and when she sat down anyway, she was forced off the car by the conductor and a police officer, leaving her bruised and injured. She decided to take her case to court with the support of her family and her community, and legal representation by a future President of the United States! Her victory is little known today, but it was a pivotal moment in the long fight for desegregation of public transportation. Amy Hill Hearth turns a journalist's eye to telling this inspiring story, packing in facts about life in mid-1800s New York and vivid storytelling that will keep middle readers engrossed until they reach the triumphant conclusion.

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price: $8.45
  3. The Hyena Scientist

    Did you know that Hyenas are one of the only mammalian societies led by the females? Zoologist Kay Holecamp has spent her life studying these misunderstood and often hated animals, proving that they are intelligent, social, and playful — a far cry from the pop culture depiction. In this volume of the critically acclaimed Scientists in the Field series, complete with vibrant photographs, kids will learn more about these fascinating creatures and celebrate the groundbreaking work of a female scientist in a predominantly male field.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Price: $13.29
  4. Running on the Roof of the World

    As a practicing Buddhist in Tibet, Tash must follow many rules set by the occupying Chinese soldiers — but as long as she and her family hide their religion and don't mention the Dalai Lama, their lives are peaceful. But when one man protests the occupation in a dramatic fashion, the soldiers crack down, breaking into Tash's house; her parents are arrested and Tash barely escapes. To find safety, she and her best friend Sam — and their two borrowed yaks — will have to rely on one another as they travel across the mountains in hopes of reaching in the Indian border. This action-packed story celebrates courage, the will to survive, and the power of friendship to provide hope in desperate times.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $8.13
  5. Hardscrabble

    Author: Sandra Dallas

    It's 1910, and Belle Martin's father has decided to take advantage of a new offer from the US government: 320 acres of free land in Colorado, as long as the family can live and farm on it for five years. The family of nine faces bad weather, locusts, illness, and tragedy as they live their hardscrabble life — but there are joys as well, including parties, holidays, and even plans for college. And a nearby neighbor, a woman living alone, shows Belle that women can be independent too. This charming story of early 1900s frontier living also celebrates the power of a strong, supportive community.

    Ages: 9 - 11
    Price: $7.40
  6. A Sky Full of Stars

    After the events of Midnight Without a Moon, 13-year-old Rose is still wrestling with whether or not to stay in Mississippi. She loves the South, but the murder of Emmett Till has shown her just how much hate lurks there — and she's torn between her friend Hallelujah's attitude, that peaceful protest is the way to victory, and another boy, Shorty, who believes violence is necessary and even right. As Rose helps her Aunt Ruthie with a new business, she'll have to decide whether the safety and ease of life in the North is worth giving up the potential she sees in the South. This look at the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of a child will give middle grade readers plenty to think about.

    Ages: 11 and up
    Price: $11.89
  7. Soof: A Novel

    Author: Sarah Weeks

    Before Aurora's parents had her, they had Heidi: Aurora's mother still says her beloved foster child's knack for good luck is why she was finally able to have a biological child at 48. But Aurora has always been different — and she's convinced that nobody, not even her mother, loves her as much as Heidi. Just before the now-grown Heidi comes for a visit, an attic fire destroys much of their house and Aurora's beloved dog goes missing. Her family believes in "soof," Heidi's mother's word for love, and with her life turned upside down, Aurora decides maybe it's time to go out and find it. This companion novel to So B. It is full of heart and hope.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $12.32
  8. Evangeline of the Bayou

    Author: Jan Eldredge
    Illustrator: Joseph Kuefler

    12-year-old Evangeline Clement is a haunt huntress apprentice: she's devoting herself to learning folk magic and monster hunting, just like her female ancestors before her. She's confident that her animal familiar is due to appear any time, but the council isn't quite sure that she's ready. Then Evangeline and her grandmother are sent to investigate a case in New Orleans, where she unwittingly ends up with an unwanted sidekick: Julian, the skeptical son of the woman in peril who thinks monsters are a load of bunk. Can Evangeline prove herself (and prove the truth to Julian), save the day, and finally become a full haunt huntress? Charming characters and a vibrant setting add extra fun to this story about friendship, loyalty, and trusting your gut.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $9.85
  9. One True Way

    After Allie's older brother died, she and her mother left New Jersey and moved to a conservative North Carolina town. Allie hopes to make at least one friend, and she soon does: Sam, who is friendly and fun. And then, their friendship starts developing into more. But in the 1970s, Allie worries that admitting she likes girls will cause "the kind of pain that Eric’s death [did]" — and Sam's parents' aren't any more likely to be accepting. Fortunately, they have some adult role models who urge them to be true to themselves — and give them hope that, some day, their love will be accepted. This emotionally honest middle grade novel also provides an opportunity to discuss the history of gay rights in America.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $6.47
  10. My Family Divided

    One Girl's Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope

    Today, Diane Guerrero is a renowned actress, with hit roles on Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. But as a young girl living in Boston, Guerrero was at school when her undocumented immigrant parents were taken from their home and deported — leaving Guerrero, who was born in the US, alone. In this middle-grade adaptation of her memoir In the Country We Love: My Family Divided, Guerrero tells her story — and uses it to reflect on the experiences of other undocumented immigrant families in the US.

    Ages: 10 - 14
    Price: $7.19
  11. The Unicorn Quest

    Author: Kamilla Benko

    After 11-year-old Claire and her older sister Sophie move to Windermere Manor, they discover a secret ladder in the fireplace leads to the magical land of Arden. There, they find a world in constant turmoil: the four magic guilds no longer trust each other after the disappearance of their beloved unicorns, and terrible wraiths freely roam the land. Scared, the girls return home, but when Sophie disappears, Claire will have to push through her fear to return to Arden and bring her sister safely home. A magical world where nothing is ruled by pure good or evil and a protagonist who challenges herself to find her own power make this an exciting introduction to the world of Arden. The sisters' adventures continue in the sequel, Secret in the Stone.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $6.21
  12. Flashback

    Sophie Foster is facing an unexpected new challenge: the Neverseen have proven that she's more vulnerable than she'd ever imagined. So she decides it's time to stop relying on her powerful abilities. Instead, it's time to learn how to fight. But while she's trying to focus on battle training, she's also trying to help her friends — and recognizing her growing romantic feelings. Sophie can't afford to be distracted, or she may lose everything she has been working for. The seventh book of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series will delight fans and tantalize them with what is still to come.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $14.39
  13. Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived

    The Thirteenth Doctor may be the first time that the principal character of Doctor Who has been female, but the Whoniverse has always been full of bold, brave women! This volume, which will delight fans of Doctor Who both old and new, is an encyclopedia of female characters from all of the Doctor's iterations. Each woman's story is told with her at the center, whether she's a Companion, an antagonist, or a historical woman the Doctor met while traveling. With beautiful artwork from an all-female team, this is a must-have addition to any Whovian's book collection.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $20.16
  14. Everything I Know About You

    Author: Barbara Dee

    On a class trip to DC, 12-year-old Tally is dismayed when she learns that instead of rooming with her friends Sonnet and Spider, she's been paired with petite, popular "clonegirl" Ava. However, the pair slowly warm to one another... and then Tally begins to realize that Ava has an eating disorder. Ava doesn't want help, even threatening to share a humiliating picture of Tally if she says anything — but Tally realizes that, sometimes, you have to tell a secret to be a good friend. Author Barbara Dee's acknowledgements reference her own struggles with disordered eating, while back matter provides resources for those in need of more information.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $7.60
  15. Dactyl Hill Squad

    It's 1863 and the Civil War is raging — but in this version of America, dinosaurs never went extinct, so the armies to the South ride velociraptors into battle and use tyrannosaurs as defensive weapons. Magdalys Roca and her friends escape from the Colored Orphan Asylum when it burns down during the Draft Riots, and settle in the Dactyl Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, where black people have set up an independent community protected by pterodactyl riders. But with an evil magistrate planning to sell the other orphans into slavery, Magdalys will need to use her gift of communicating with the dinosaurs to win the day. This imaginative historical fantasy is rooted in real-life events and attitudes, creating a dino-powered look at the fight against prejudice and racism in the 19th century.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $5.95
  16. Strange Star

    Author: Emma Carroll

    On a dark night at Villa Diodati, as Mary Shelley struggles to come up with an idea for the ghost story Lord Byron has challenged her to write, a strange girl with a scarred face appears on the front doorstep. Lizzie spins a shocking tale, one that includes an ill-omened comet in the sky, a mysterious scientist and ghastly experiments, and her hunt for a missing sister — who she claims was snatched by a woman named Mary Shelley. Behind her, she says, comes a monster, one who pursues her at every turn... Emma Carroll provides a thrilling new take on the story behind Shelley's writing of Frankensteinwith this suspenseful tale.

    Ages: 10 - 14
    Price: $7.53
  17. What Is The Women's Rights Movement?

    Illustrator: Laurie A. Conley

    For kids today, the idea that women couldn't vote, or didn't belong in many jobs, is foreign — but this history is critical for understanding how far we've come and the struggles that carry on to this day. In this engaging volume from the Who Was...? biography series, young readers will learn the story of the Women's Rights Movement, from its early days with leaders with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton fighting for the vote to the work of 20th century groundbreakers to present day events like the historic 2017 Women's March. This compelling introduction to women's long fight for equality will inspire kids to continue to work for positive social change.

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price: $5.01
  18. Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like An Inventor

    World-renowned scientist, inventor, and autism advocate Temple Grandin knows that the world needs all kinds of minds! In this unique book, Grandin invites readers to think of themselves as inventors, and to give themselves permission to tinker, build, and experiment. 25 kid-friendly projects are included, along with intriguing anecdotes from Grandin's own childhood and interesting sidebars about the science behind some of the inventions she describes. Throughout, she reminds young people that there are many ways to look at any problem — so as long as you keep an open mind, you can always find a solution.

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price: $7.40
  19. Midnight in the Piazza

    Author: Tiffany Parks

    When Beatrice's father gets a job at the American Academy in Rome, the history-loving girl isn't crazy about the move... until she hears about a centuries-old neighborhood legend. Then she sees a dark figure steal the famous turtle sculptures on the fountain outside her window — but nobody believes her. So with her new friend Marco, she decides to solve the mystery herself, which means coming face to face with ambassadors, art thieves, and some of Rome's most fascinating history. This fast-paced mystery is also a loving tribute to this beautiful Italian city and some of its most famous art, architecture, and history.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $9.33
  20. Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports

    Every world-class athlete is inspiring, but for some, the obstacles that lay in front of them seemed too much to overcome — until they did it. In this inspiring title from the Rising Above series, kids will meet ten groundbreaking women athletes who faced challenges ranging from entrenched racism and poverty, to illness and disability, to crises of confidence and body image. Despite it all, these women rose up and claimed their places in sports history. This book, which includes first-hand content from interviews, will delight young sports fans.

    Ages: 9 - 13
    Price: $8.95
  21. Proud: Living My American Dream (Young Readers)

    When Ibtihaj Muhammad was in school, she was the only African American Muslim student — and when she discovered a love of fencing, she stood out even more in a sport most popular with wealthy white people. Ibtihaj was fast and hardworking, but as she rose through the ranks, she faced constant scrutiny from those who insisted she was too different to succeed. Instead of listening to them, she persevered and became the first Muslim-American woman to medal at an Olympic Games. This young readers edition of Muhammad's memoir Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream will inspire kids with her determination, faith, and courage.

    Ages: 10 - 14
    Price: $9.98
  22. A Long Line of Cakes

    Author: Deborah Wiles

    Emma Cake's parents travel from place to place baking cakes — her father always says that "There is so much need in the world, after all, and cake is one simple way to soothe it." But for Emma, that means constant uprooting, and always, it seems, just as she's starting to make friends. When the Cakes arrive in Aurora County, Emma has decided that she's not going to get attached... but then she meets Ruby Lavender. As the pair's friendship grows, they become increasingly determined that they will find some way to make their friendship last. This companion novel to Love, Ruby Lavender explores the search for belonging and the joy of a growing friendship.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $11.68
  23. Shadow Weaver

    Emmeline has the gift of controlling shadows, which has isolated her from others, but she doesn't mind: Dar, her own shadow, is plenty of company. But when a noble family visits her home and offers to "cure" Emmeline, she makes a deal with Dar: Dar will change the noble's mind, and Emmeline will help Dar become flesh. But the next morning the man in charge is in a coma. To escape retribution from the noble's guards, Emmeline needs Dar's help to flee, but she's not sure she can trust Dar any more — and how do you keep secrets from someone who never leaves your side? Dark and mysterious, this first book of a duology is perfect for fans of Serafina and the Black Cloak and The Night Gardener.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $4.07
  24. Brown v. Board of Education

    A Fight for Simple Justice

    1954's Brown vs. Board of Education was a critical ruling in the desegregation of US schools — but getting there was a long road. The name on the case came from the family of Linda Brown, a black third-grader refused entry to an all-white Topeka, Kansas, school, but there were many additional families involved, including children in South Carolina, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Award-winning author Susan Goldman Rubin explores the complex history behind this key court decision, as well as the modern, not fully desegregated, school system. This compelling account will open young readers' eyes to the work — and sacrifice — behind the case that's often forgotten.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $11.90
  25. The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

    When 10-year-old Bronte Mettlestone's parents are killed by pirates, it doesn't change her life much — they left her with her Aunt Isabelle when she was a baby. When their will, which is reinforced with faery cross-stitch, directs her to deliver gifts in person all 10 of her aunts, it becomes a serious inconvenience! But as Bronte starts exploring her world — and having her own adventures along the way — she also learns more about the Whisperers who spread Dark Magic and the Spellbinders who stopped them... and she starts to suspect that her parents' will is more than just a set of simple tasks. Imaginative and whimsical, this middle-grade fantasy by the author of A Corner of White is a celebration of magic, wonder, and madcap adventure.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $12.59
  26. Rosa's Animals: The Story of Rosa Bonheur and Her Painting Menagerie

    Rosa Bonheur was used to being unusual: she became a painter when few women could get an education in art, and cheerfully visited slaughterhouses to learn about animal anatomy. She kept pet lions and wore men's clothing to visit a horse fair, where women were not allowed. And she kept amazing company, receiving an award from Empress Eugénie and befriending Buffalo Bill Cody! This accessible biography of the groundbreaking painter and sculptor captures both the context of her world and her own unusual place in history, and includes gorgeous reproductions of some of her most famous paintings.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Price: $15.21
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