Orphan Elisabeth has been raised in one of Austermeer's Great Libraries, where the wardens ensure that magical grimoires — the only thing holding evil beings back from the world — stay protected from the evil sorcerers who would do anything to free them. When she stumbles across the Library's slain director and a freed monster, she takes up the director's sword to defeat it and accidentally implicates herself in the crime. Now she finds herself having to collaborate with Nathaniel Thorn, a notorious sorcerer, and his demonic servant if she wants to save the Libraries and the world. And that challenges everything she knows about sorcerers, the Libraries, and herself. Action-packed and suspenseful, this imaginative fantasy will thrill young adult readers.
It's fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, and the Republic of Gilead is starting to crack. The vicious, politically savvy Aunt Lydia continues to grasp what power she can through secrets. Agnes Jemima, who was raised to be a Commander's wife, questions whether everything she's been told is true. And Daisy, who is about to go undercover as a convert to the religion, is hoping to help bring Gilead down from the inside. Gilead will fall, but how, and who will survive? This powerful, poetic sequel to the modern classic dystopian novel explores truth, rebellion, and what you will give up for freedom — your own, or someone else's.
In this searing and raw poetic memoir, bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson uses her life story to take an unflinching look at how little our culture has changed since she wrote her groundbreaking novel about sexual assault, Speak, twenty years ago. Anderson describes her own sexual assault when she was 13, her father's struggles with PTSD, and more. Anderson's emotionally gripping poems also remind readers that the greatest power in the world comes when you reclaim your own voice; "the rules they fed you/ were the wrong rules," she declares, rallying them to step up, speak out, and make the world different for a new generation of survivors.
To save herself from her husband Hephaestus's accusation of adultery, the goddess Aphrodite narrates this extraordinary story of four mortals caught up in the events of World War I. British pianist Hazel follows her boyfriend James, a would-be architect turned soldier, to France when he is deployed. There, they meet Colette, a Belgian singer, and Aubrey, a gifted African-American ragtime musician and U.S. Army serviceman. The quartet are drawn together, but all too quickly pulled apart. The horrors of war, the grim realities of racism and sexism, and the fear of losing the one you love hang over their heads — but always, they find light and hope. This exquisite historical romance, with its vibrant language and elegant premise, is a tribute to the power of music and love, even in the worst of times.
As a teen, Sophie Scholl was a proud member of the girls' wing of the Hitler Youth, but as she grew older, she began to see the dangers of Nazi propaganda — and the true scope of the party's plans. Determined to oppose them, Sophie and her brother founded a group called the White Rose, which distributed anonymous letters and leaflets calling their fellow Germans to act against the Nazis. But with a Gestapo investigator closing in, being in the White Rose is a dangerous choice. How much would you risk to defy oppression and hate? This stunning novel in verse simultaneously condemns those who stayed silent and honors the courage of Scholl and others like her who gave their lives in defense of justice.
Virginia Hall always wanted adventure, but many people thought that she would spend her life behind a desk after she lost her leg in an accident. Instead, when World War II broke out, she wanted to serve: first as part of a French ambulance unit, then as an undercover agent for the British Special Operations Executive. She was such an effective spy that the Gestapo declared "the Limping Lady" to be among the most dangerous spies they pursued. This is the true story of a woman who refused to let anything — or anyone — hold her back.
When Emoni got pregnant in her freshman year of high school, she stopped thinking about her future to focus on her daughter. Now a senior, she balances motherhood (and joint custody with her ex-boyfriend), school, work, and caring for her abuela. Nevertheless, she can't help but imagine life as a chef: her "magical hands" let people who eat her food sample deep memories. But when a high school cooking elective opens up the opportunity for a week-long apprenticeship in Spain — and a possible relationship with Malachi, a new student — Emoni will realize that she is strong enough to pursue dreams that used to feel impossible. Elizabeth Alcevedo, author of the National Book Award winning The Poet X, celebrates perseverance, passion, and the power of sharing food together in this gripping novel.
It's 1941, and 14-year-old Frankie and her siblings are "half-orphans": children given to orphanages by parents who are struggling financially. Unknown to Frankie, though, someone is watching her: the narrator, Pearl, the ghost of a girl who died not much older than Frankie is. As Frankie explores an illicit romance, Pearl meditates on her own past — and both stories illuminate injustice, poverty, and the cruelty directed towards girls and women. Set during a tumultuous period as the final remnants of the Great Depression gave way to World War II, this absorbing novel, a finalist for the National Book Award, brilliantly tells the story of these two young women, disconnected by time yet connected by the shared desire to live their lives freely and fully no matter the costs.
Jude has discovered that it's easy to acquire power — but tough to retain it. She traded her control over the Faerie king Cardan for power and found herself exiled and powerless instead. Now, to save her sister, she'll have to return to the Faerie Court and confront her feelings for Cardan. But as she re-enters Elfhame, she discovers that a new danger is threatening all of Faerie. What will she have to give up to stop the curse and reclaim what she considers hers? The pulse-pounding finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy will thrill teen readers who will be left gasping to the end.
The orphaned Kyoshi serves in the mansion of Yun, the Avatar: a person with the gift of bending all four elements, whose purpose is to mediate among the nations and between humans and spirits. But when a negotiation turns violent, Kyoshi reveals unexpected earthbending abilities that cast doubt on Yun's claim that he is the Avatar. When she is forced to flee, Kyoshi must draw on help from both old and new friends in order to keep herself safe, claim her title as the Avatar — and have her revenge. Fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender will thrill at this action-packed first volume in a planned duology by best-selling author F.C. Yee.
Today, Joan of Arc is a semi-mythical figure — one that still fascinates people around the world. In this stunning novel in verse, author David Elliott explores her final hours — through her own eyes, through the eyes of both her accusers and defenders, and through the perspectives of objects in her life, from the sword she wielded to the fire that took her life. Clever use of concrete poetry and medieval poetic forms draw readers into this novel, inviting them to consider attitudes towards youth, gender, and defiance of the status quo, both in the past and the present. With a map, an author's note, and a list of poetic forms included, this evocative book sheds new light on Joan's story.
In Garner County, everyone knows that teenage girls have destructive magical powers — ones which have to be purged for a year before they can take their proper places as brides or slave labor. 16-year-old Tierney is beginning her "grace year" and soon realizes that she can survive the elements on the island where the girls are exiled, and the poachers who murder girls and sell their body parts for their "medicinal" powers, but the way the girls turn on each other in competition for what meager power they can claim may be the most dangerous obstacle. Eerie and immersive, the core of this story of subtle horror is how misogyny and power can twist relationships between those who should support one another.
16-year-old Bri has to become a great rapper, and not just because her father was shot to death just as he made it big on the hip hop scene. She needs the money her talent could provide to provide for her family, since her mother, a recovering addict, has lost her job. Bri vents her emotions in a song that goes viral, but finds herself portrayed as a thug. She finds herself wondering: would notoriety would be as good as celebrity? Sharp, pointed, at times funny and at times heartwrenching, this novel by the author of The Hate U Give is a compelling look at the choice between living with negative stereotypes — or fighting them.
When 13-year-old Ofelia and her pregnant mother move to the north of Spain in 1944 to join her new stepfather Capitan Vidal, Ofelia thinks it will be difficult enough living in the same house as the brutal officer, who is obsessed with hunting out local resistance fighters. Then, a Faun visits her and tells her that she is the daughter of the Underworld's king — and to return home, she will need to complete three difficult tasks. As the real world and Ofelia's journey through the Labyrinth intertwine, Ofelia must confront both the terrors of Franco's regime and the fearful and wonderful magical world. This powerful collaboration between Oscar winning writer-director Guillermo del Toro and bestselling author Cornelia Funke creates new depth to the folklore of this fascinating and dark world.
18-year-old Ginny is brilliant (if a bit dramatic) extrovert, while her 15-year-old sister Plum is a loner who quietly takes over everything forgotten by Ginny and their illustrator mother. But when their mother's royalty payments unexpectedly stop — just as their old Victorian home needs major work — everything gets up-ended. Ginny is frantic about how she'll pay for her dream Ivy League college, while Plum, to her surprise, finds herself growing close to outgoing, popular Tate Kurosawa. And just as it seems like things will pull the sisters apart, the revelation of long-held secrets might bring them closer than they've ever been. This witty and heartfelt story inspired by Sense and Sensibility explores how sisters grow together as they grow independently.
17-year-old Jo Kuan just wants to keep herself and her adoptive father, two of the few Chinese Americans in 1890s Atlanta, safe — even if it means a job as an abused lady's maid. When she learns that the local newspaper needs someone to write an advice column, she applies anonymously and becomes "Miss Sweetie." Her column gives her an opportunity to challenge stereotypes, but that inevitably brings backlash. And when a letter to Miss Sweetie hints at the identities of the parents who abandoned Jo as a baby, she has to decide if the search — which includes seeking help from a notorious criminal — is worth exposing herself. Stacey Lee, the critically-acclaimed author of Under a Painted Sky, explores identity and the effects of discrimination on marginalized people.
Self-proclaimed bookworm and school library volunteer Clara Evans is shocked when she discovers that her prestigious private school, which she attends as a scholarship student, is adding some of her favorite books to their "prohibited media" list. Rather than get rid of them, Clara creates an underground library in her locker, ensuring students can still read the banned titles. But when a book she loves turns out to be deeply hurtful to another student, Clara suddenly finds herself asking whether some books really are "dangerous." Fortunately, she realizes that books — like people — can't be tamed. Both funny and thought-provoking, this book celebrates the power of words — and activism.
It's been twenty years since Malcolm carried a baby named Lyra in his canoe in The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage — and eight years since Lyra's adventures in His Dark Materials. Lyra, now a 20-year-old undergraduate at St. Sophia's College, believes her adventures are behind her. But when her daemon Pantalaimon witnesses a murder that Malcolm has to investigate — and then leaves, believing Lyra's imagination is lost — Lyra and Malcolm have to travel together once more, this time in search of a city of daemons that may lead them to the truth about Dust. This thrilling sequel captures these beloved characters in a new form — older, and different, yet still the same — and their search will leave readers eager for the upcoming concluding volume.
Fie's Crow caste are the undertakers and mercy-killers, and she's determined to lead them well — and picking up the body of Crown Prince Jasimir seems like the opportunity of a lifetime, since she can channel magic through the bones and teeth of the dead. Except Jasimir isn't dead; he's going into hiding, and promises Fie he'll protect the Crows when he wears the crown if she protects him now. Meanwhile, Jas' bodyguard and body double, Tavin, is beginning to chafe at putting Jas' life before his own... A rich world and and exciting story full of twists and turns will delight young adult fantasy fans.
When 17-year-old Raven Roth is in a car accident, she loses her foster mom and her memory in an instant. Her foster mother's sister Natalia, who lives in New Orleans, takes her in, and her daughter Max happily befriends the quiet girl. Soon, though, it becomes obvious that Raven is more than she seems: not only can she sense the emotions of her classmates, but sometimes her secret dark thoughts become real. With Max and a new friend, Tommy Torres, at her side, Raven will have to face whatever dark force may have its claws in her... This riveting graphic novel origin story is a tribute to the power of trust, friendship, and facing up to who you are.
For the past year and a half, 16-year-old Hetty and her fellow students at the Raxter School for Girls have been under quarantine because of the Tox, a mysterious infection that mutates living things. The girls receive supplies and wait for the promised cure, but each time there's a flare up, they're changed even more. When Hetty's friend Byatt goes missing, though, Hetty's not content to wait for answers any more. But when she breaks quarantine and braves the Tox-tainted woods, she'll discover that the protection they're being offered may not be what it seems. This mind-bending horror/fantasy novel, which is being called "a feminist Lord of the Flies," will leave you breathless.
12-year-old Audra lives on a quiet family farm in 1893 Lithuania, but her world is turned upside down when occupying Russian Cossack soldiers burn her parents' home to the ground. Her parents send her to escape, carrying an important package: unbeknownst to her, they have been helping Lithuanian book smugglers keep their language and culture alive. Now, as a member of the resistance movement, Audra can help smuggle even more books, using her magician father's tricks as a means to distract those who would catch her and her friends. Still, she wonders if her work for the resistance might not just save her language; perhaps it can save her parents too. Jennifer A. Nielsen, author of A Night Divided and Resistance, creates a compelling story about a little-known time in history that reminds readers about the power of united resistance.
Today Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a feminist icon — but how did she get there? In this graphic biography, Debbie Levy, author of the best-selling picture book I Dissent, highlights how Ginsburg evolved over time, from her shy childhood to a passionate advocate and activist to a celebrated Supreme Court Justice. Expressive illustrations from Whitney Gardner capture both Ginsburg's life and the world around her that helped shape her beliefs. Compelling and empowering, this graphic novel is a detailed introduction to the life of the inspiring RBG!
In this fantasy reimagining of the USSR, war seems to be eternal — and people regularly get ground up in its gears. 17-year-old Revna's father was jailed for stealing the materials to make her prosthetic legs; when she's caught using banned magic during an attack, she's afraid the same fate awaits her. Instead, she's offered a role in a women's military flight unit, where she bonds with the other recruits — except for Linné, a daughter's general who disguised herself as a boy to join the army. If Revna and Linné can't learn to fly together, they're sure to die in their first mission... but it soon appears they can trust each other more than they can trust their own country. Loosely inspired by the Night Witch pilots of World War II, this is a stunning and original fantasy about survival and sisterhood in war.
Social media can help you stay connected, but it can also become addictive or stressful if you don't know how to set boundaries. Some teens become so worried about missing online updates that they miss out on real-life opportunities instead! In this workbook, you'll use evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to manage the stress caused by excessive social media use, and learn to separate your friends from your followers so you can spend time with the people who really matter. This encouraging workbook will empower teens to set down their phones and get engaged with the here and now.
Anastacya Mikhailov is the crown princess of the Cyrilian Empire — but she's on the run. Her father has been murdered and she's been framed for his death; the only way to clear her name is to find the real killer. And the only ally she has is Ramson Quicktongue, a crime lord who is on his own quest for revenge. She also has a secret: she is an Affinite, one of the indentured and trafficked people with magical gifts to control the elements. As she and Ramson work together on their quests, they both learn more about the corruption in Cyrilia and the rebellion that seeks to overthrow it. This dark fantasy, perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone and An Ember in the Ashes, conveys a powerful message about the importance of choice.
In the midst of World War II, Josef Stalin made the Soviet Union the first country in the world that allowed female pilots to fly in combat. Three regiments of women, led by Marina Raskova, took to the skies, including the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, which would be nicknamed the "night witches." But facing the horrors of war and discrimination and pressure on the ground wasn't easy for these pilots, many of whom were still in their teens. Elizabeth Wein, the author of the best-selling historical fiction novel Code Name Verity, sets her sights on non-fiction in this compelling story about these daring pilots and the sisterhood they formed as they changed the world.
In 1964, Maureen Wilton's brother brought home a running race ribbon — and the 10-year-old girl decided she wanted one too. But people believed running was dangerous for women's health. Maureen was determined to prove them wrong, in 1967, the 13-year-old broke the women's world marathon record. She was dubbed "Mighty Moe" by the press, but her win kicked off a storm of public disapproval that made her quit running. However, her example proved that girls could run — and Mighty Moe herself finally found her way back to the sport decades later. This inspiring story of a running pioneer includes a foreword by Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially register for the Boston Marathon.
68.5 million people in our world are displaced — fleeing poverty, violence, and war — and many of them are young. Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai recounts the stories of just some of the refugee girls she has met in her global role as an education activist, and connects them to her own story — both becoming an Internally Displaced Person as a young child in Pakistan, and then being forced to flee the homeland she loved after the infamous attempt on her life. This powerful and personal exploration of the real people behind the immigration crisis and border conflict stories provides a new perspective on these issues to today's teens.
Kamala Khan, Squirrel Girl, Captain Marvel, Shuri... the Marvel Universe is full of daring, courageous, and heroic girls! In this exciting volume from comic book expert Lorraine Cink, kids will learn about both famous and little-known girls and women of Marvel. Interesting facts and inspiring stories from both comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe are paired with vibrant and dynamic illustrations by Alice X. Zhang that encourage new readers to dive in — and longtime fans to dive deeper — into the girl power of Marvel.
Since the founding of the United States, women have wanted to serve in the United States Army — and they were willing to break gender and racial barriers, and face skepticism and prejudice, to do so! In this book from the popular Women of Action series, teens will learn about bold women who took their place in the ranks during the Revolutionary War, World Wars I and II, and in the modern Army of today. It's sure to inspire girls who dream of their own time serving the country they love!
In this unique look at Ruth Bader Ginsburg, author Victoria Ortiz interweaves Ginsburg's life story, influences, and landmark court cases together to create a multifaceted portrait of an American icon! Each of the ten chapters highlights one court case alongside one aspect of Ginsburg's life, from her childhood to the influence of her faith on her work to her judicial career. Readers also get a better picture of how America's legal system works, and how cases reach the Supreme Court. This engaging biography, complete with black and white archival photographs, is perfect to encourage a new generation to question, argue, and dissent!
It's all too easy to reach for food as a source of comfort — but stress eating, emotional eating, and binge eating don't address your feelings, and have emotional and physical consequences of their own. Learning to identify your body's natural hunger and fullness signals through intuitive eating will help you feel better and build healthy habits that power your body to be its best! In this book from the Instant Help Solutions series, you'll learn why the dieting mentality doesn't promote a healthy attitude to food, how to get in touch with your physical and emotional needs, and how to find joy in the body you have. It's an empowering and effective way to develop a positive relationship with food and eating.
When Mila wears a fuzzy green sweater to school one day, and suddenly, several boys insist on hugging her, even when she doesn't want to. Before long, there are smirks, comments about her body, and more unwanted touching that leaves Mila feeling confused, frustrated, and a little scared. But when she talks to her friends about it, one tells her that she's being immature for overreacting to the boys "just flirting" – after all, she says, maybe he just likes you. Fortunately, a few new friends and a confidence boost from karate classes help her figure out how to set boundaries, stand up for herself, and seek out the adult support she needs to put an end to the harassment. Timely and important, this empowering book draws a clear line between wanted, reciprocal flirtation and Mila's experience, and explores issues of sexual harassment in a manner relatable to middle grade readers.
Margaret is a young orphan who has lived surprisingly happily on her island home, even though most of the population is a convent of nuns. She has companionship from William, the son of Lady Cameron and an exile from Albion, and that's enough... at first. But when the deposed queen of Albion, Eleanor, is sent to Margaret's island — and William leaves — Margaret starts to ask difficult questions about the purpose of her home... and where she really came from. This fictionalized historical graphic novel by Dylan Meconis, loosely based on the exile of Queen Elizabeth I by her sister, Queen Mary, is full of mystery and intrigue, all set on Margaret's vibrant and windswept home.
When Zélie brought magic back to Orïsha, there was an unintended side effect: she also triggered magical ancestry in many nobles, giving them gifts that are both immensely powerful and dangerously unpredictable. With her people looking to her for leadership, Zélie struggles to keep her country safe from civil war, especially when it turns out that there is more than one person vying for Orïsha's throne — and that a faction called the Iyika want to see her rule herself. This thrilling sequel to Children of Blood and Bone provides a reminder of the dangers of seeking revenge as it expands the vibrant setting of the first book.
A year and nineteen surgeries ago, a terrible fire killed Ava Lee's parents — and her cousin and best friend, Sarah — and left her with severe burns. Now, her aunt and uncle think she should go back to school so that she can live a "normal" life — but Ava thinks that's impossible. At her new school, though, Ava meets a fellow burn survivor named Piper, and a Pakistani-American theater buff named Asad, who start coaxing her into creating a life. But Piper is struggling with her own secrets and problems, and as Ava faces discrimination and bullying, she'll have to find the confidence it takes to claim the life she could have. This touching novel celebrates the courage it takes to survive and the power that comes with claiming your confidence.
Ky's investigation of corruption in her hometown's high school uncovered plenty of dirt, but she also learned that people are quick to defend the football hero — and quick to ostracize the girl who got him locked up. She's also still seeking proof her FBI agent father was framed for murder. When FBI agent Cedric Dawson returns to town — and goes undercover as her ex at the high school — Ky is furious until she gets drawn into a mystery about missing girls, labeled as runaways, who are actually dead. Now she's back to sleuthing, no matter what the danger.... This thrilling sequel to Dare You To Lie will delight young adult mystery and thriller fans.
The streets of Chennai are dangerous for children, but when life gets more dangerous at home, sisters Viji and Rukku become runaways. Fortunately, before long the girls find shelter under and abandoned bridges, as well as friendship, both from a puppy they name Kutti and from two runaway boys, Muthi and Arul. Muthi and Arul are so taken with Viji's storytelling that they agree to teach her and Rukku how to scavenge the garbage dump for items to sell. And when tragedy strikes, their new family will help Viji come to terms with her grief. Written in the form of a letter from Viji to Rukku, this vividly emotional book gently explores issues around poverty, caste, and child labor through the story of one girl.
Introduce tweens and teens to Ada Byron Lovelace in this detailed portrait of the computing pioneer. Lovelace's mother kept her isolated, but hired the best tutors to instruct her talented daughter in a curriculum of math and science very different from the education of most girls of her day. When the 17-year-old Ada met Charles Babbage, their collaboration would hint at the computer age still 200 years in the future. Author Emily Arnold McCully dives deeply into Lovelace's complex and difficult life, and explores her lasting influence which is only now being properly recognized.
Georgia O'Keeffe knew she wanted to do more than paint pretty pictures: she wanted to be an artist. Sometimes, though, it seemed like there were obstacles at every turn: first an illness forced her to temporarily leave her studies in Chicago's Art Institute, and when she tried again, in New York at the Art Students League, she had to leave again when her family fell on hard times. So she found her own way to a career in art — and her unique viewpoint helped her change American art history. This revealing biographical novel about the mother of American modernism will fascinate fans of O'Keeffe's work.
18-year-old Lia has never let the liver disease she was born with slow her down, whether she's hanging out with her friends or charging around the roller derby rink — but when a sudden GI bleed makes her vomit blood on the track, everything changes. She needs a transplant ASAP; the "or else" is on everyone's minds. But while her parents and best friend are focused on getting her that donor organ, her brother's friend Will is the one who is able to distract her from her worries... until she finally has to take a frank and honest look at where she is. This realistic but hopeful story, which brings the topic of organ donation to the fore, is about life, death, and living.
When four 18-year-old provincials arrive in the city of Sarance — Agnez, one of the Queen's musketeers; Simeon, a doctor-in-training; Dorotea, a scholar of angelic magic; and Henri, a clerk and fortune-hunter — they have no idea that all four of them are pawns in the plot of an ancient angel mage. Over a hundred years ago, the mage Liliath entered a magical sleep to avoid a plague caused in part by her magic; now that she's awoken, she intends to continue her plans. But the friendship these four form may be powerful enough to stop even Liliath's magic. With echoes of The Three Musketeers and a swashbuckling feminist fantasy world, this tale is both thrilling and delightful.
Sera is one of the Cerulean, an all-female society that live in the City Above the Sky, magically tethered high above a planet. She's always asked more questions than she should, and she's never been attracted to her fellow women like she should. Then she's chosen to sacrifice herself to break the City's tether so they can seek a new planet with fresh resources. But something goes wrong: the tether doesn't break, and Sera finds herself on the planet below, meeting people whose society is very different from hers — and who face unexpected dangers. This fascinating first book in a fantasy duology builds a vibrant world that encourages young adult readers to question the metaphorical tethers society puts on us all.
On September 11, a picture of baby Abbi celebrating her birthday as the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed behind her went viral. Fifteen years later, Abbi just wants to be anonymous — and to enjoy one more summer before she admits to her parents that the bloody cough she's developed may be a sign of 9/11 syndrome from breathing toxins in the air near Ground Zero. But when she starts her job as a counselor for Knights Day Camp, she's immediately recognized by Noah Stern, who has his own 9/11 story to tell. In the voices of these two teens, Julie Buxbaum, author of Tell Me Three Things, explores loss, friendship, and how stories help us manage the aftermath of tragedy.
We all feel angry sometimes — and sometimes, that anger is a sign that we need to make a change! In this book from the Instant Help Solutions series, teens will learn how to use mindfulness to figure out the core values and goals behind their anger, and channel and harness the energy of the feeling towards positive changes. The book breaks down how to advocate for yourself and others, both through advice from adults and through real-life stories of teens who took action. With the help of this book, teens who want to change their relationship with anger can turn it into a tool for their futures.
16-year-old half-Dominican, half-Jewish Gravity channels her anger and frustration about her absent father and abusive mother at the boxing gym — an outlet she discovered by chance when her mother stopped paying her fees for karate four years ago. Now, she has her sights set on the 2016 Olympics... mostly. She's also flirting with a fellow boxer, fighting with her mom, and trying to care for her little brother, Ty. With so many fights all around her, Gravity will have to decide what she wants to fight for. Long-time boxing journalist Sarah Deming draws on her own amateur boxing experience to create this gripping and poignant story about how the strategy and resilience you find in the ring can help in other places, too.
Best friends Josie and Delia have spent years creating the Midnite Matinee, a unique and quirky Saturday night local cable TV creature feature. But the end of high school could change everything: Josie's dreams of a TV career might mean leaving Delia behind, while Delia just wants her father, who loved scary movies but abandoned her family when she was seven, to see her own show and connect with her again. An invitation to a convention in Orlando provides a chance for both dreams to come true: Delia's dad is in the city, and convincing a movie legend to appear on their show could bump them up to the big time. Told in alternating voices, this tale of friends struggling through uncertainty is monstrously fun.
17-year-old Vesper has been a runaway ever since she became a Harbinger: she can identify and summon anyone's worst fear. The discovery cost her home and her family, and all she wants to is to fix her mistakes — and if she wins the underground Tournament of the Unraveling, the prize is the chance to change her past. Vesper pairs with Sam Hardy, a former MMA fighter, in preparation for the competition. But as she and the other Oddities prepare to battle it out, she begins to realize something dark is going on in the background. Vesper will have to come to terms with her power as she uncovers the truth. An evocative world provide the perfect setting for a story that explores friendship, fear, and taking responsibility for your own actions.
In the early years of aviation, people scoffed at women who wanted to fly — such a pursuit was too uncouth, too difficult, and too dangerous for them. A group of daring women were determined to prove them wrong! In 1929, pioneering women aviators like Amelia Earhart, Louise Thaden, Marvel Crosson, and Elinor Smith banded together for an Air Derby, a race across the U.S. for women flyers. In this taut and suspenseful narrative telling, National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin follows these women as they fight the perils of their sport, discrimination from media and the general public, and more to prove that women belong in the air.
Six years ago, Hằng tried to escape the Vietnam War with her brother, Linh; instead, American soldiers took him on board their plane and left her behind. After a brutal journey and time in a refugee camp, Hằng has finally made it to Texas and she's determined to find Linh. On the way, she meets LeeRoy, a would-be cowboy who drives her to Linh's adopted home — only for Hằng to discover that Linh doesn't remember her or Vietnam. Hằng refuses to give up on her brother, though, and LeeRoy won't leave her. As Hằng struggles with her trauma and her guilt about her brother, she and LeeRoy find their relationship evolving in ways neither expected. This powerful YA novel by the author of Inside Out & Back Again explores loyalty, family, and the deep impressions war leaves on its innocent victims.
Women may not have always been given a seat at the tables of power — so they, in the words of Shirley Chisholm, brought a folding chair! This inspiring volume pays tribute to women past and present who demanded their right to a voice in the political process, from suffragists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Ida B. Wells-Barnett, to early politicians like Victoria Woodhull, Bella Abzug, and Jeannette Rankin, to today's trailblazers like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren, and Tammy Duckworth. Fifty capsule biographies of American women in politics give young readers a sense of the scope of women's impact on the country, from Frances Perkin's labor protections to Ruth Bader Ginsburg's key legal arguments and decisions. It's an exciting book that's sure to inspire a new generation of girls and women determined to change the world.
16-year-old Violet grew up hearing stories about her great-great-grandmother, Fidelia, who survived a shipwreck, disguised herself as a boy, fell in love, and founded Lyric, Maine. This summer, she could use that perseverance; her sensitive brother, Sam, is in treatment after a suicide attempt, and she's spending months with her uncle in Lyric. She becomes obsessed with the idea of discovering her ancestor's wreck, which she and Sam both dreamed about as kids. With fellow wreck hunter Liv — who may become more than a friend — Violet starts a search that may be more about admitting her own vulnerabilities and fears than any lost ship. Loosely inspired by Twelfth Night, this story is a suspenseful, evocative, and romantic.
Sixteen years ago, the Phoenix Rider Avalkyra battled her sister Pheronia for the throne — and lost. The Riders were executed and animages — people who can communicate with animals — were registered and taxed. Animage-in-hiding Veronyka and her sister Val dreamed of finding the Riders together until Val betrayed her sister and Veronyka set out on her own path. She disguises herself as a boy to join a concealed group of Riders, and finally feels like she belongs. But when Val returns, what secrets will be revealed — and what choices will Veronyka have to make? Told in three perspectives, and interspersed with Avalkyra's story, this epic fantasy is descriptive and suspenseful, highlighting how love can light a flame or burn all it touches.
Mads loves going to church and baseball games with her Catholic dad, and hanging out with her best friend, Cat — even when she isn't always a good friend. Then she discovers that her runaway grandmother was an early transgender activist, and it throws everything she thinks she knows into uncertainty... including her own sexuality, and how she really feels about Cat. In the process, her relationships with both friends and family get turned upside down.... but maybe she needs that to find her way forward. This funny and complex graphic novel is a powerful story of discovering identity and hope.
Maggie grew up in a home that required hours of drudgery to maintain, with a mother who was constantly pregnant despite her chronic cough. She dreamed of being a doctor, not a teacher or a mother — and she couldn't help but think that families like hers would struggle less if they could control when and whether they had more children. This passionate novel explores the early life of Margaret Sanger, who would go on to fight for women's rights and found Planned Parenthood. Author J. Albert Mann captures Sanger's determination and drive, both in her text and in the detailed afterword that tackles some of the most persistent myths about this pioneer of family planning.
Mickey is a star softball player on her way to a promising college future — until the accident. Recovery means surgeries, painful therapy... and painkillers. The painkillers don't just allow Mickey to work on getting back behind the plate; they also give her a peace she's never known before. But as the pressure mounts to get back on the field, Mickey's fears and desires push her towards the pills more and more often — and if she can't get those, she hears there are other things that might help. This raw and real novel humanizes those caught up in the opioid crisis, helping teen readers recognize that the line of addiction is all too easy to cross.
Art is powerful: it's not only beautiful to look at, but it also gives artists the chance to express themselves and challenge the way we think! In this exquisite volume, Rachel Ignotofsky, the author/illustrator behind the best-selling book Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed The World, celebrates 50 groundbreaking women artists from the 11th century to the modern day. Capsule biographies explore key aspects of each artist's life and work, while the vibrant illustrations encourage readers to flip through the book's pages for even more stories. Timelines and infographics about art add the perfect finishing touch to this celebration of creativity!
13-year-old Sisi is a brilliant girl: a model daughter, a loving sister, and a top student. But in China's Cultural Revolution, that's not enough to overcome the scorn she faces for her family's previous wealth, and before long, she's been expelled from school. She and her younger brother, Da, flee for a new school in an agricultural town, where the kind principal welcomes them. But when a Communist political commissar arrives, and attempts to disgrace the principal with a rape accusation, Sisi faces a horrible choice: truth and justice, or safety for herself and her brother. Bestselling author Da Chen puts his older sister in the forefront of this portrait of the violence and strife of the Cultural Revolution; young adult readers will find themselves wondering what they would do in Sisi's shoes.
It's 1881, and Anna's Irish family is in dire straights: English aristocrats have been raising rents and seizing Irish properties, turning families out when the crops are poor. Her older siblings have emigrated, so when Anna's mother dies, she uses her last breath to beg her to care for her developmentally delayed sister Nuala — and to urge Anna to learn to read. And when an encounter with English bailiffs turns violent, Anna finds herself on the run with Nuala, desperate to save her family. This poignant novel in verse will introduce young readers to the aftermath of the Great Famine through the eyes of one determined girl.
18-year-old Cassandra adores her adoptive parents, but she still has questions about her birth mother, who placed her for adoption at 6 weeks old. Her parents can't answer her questions, and Cassandra doesn't want to worry her mother, who is in need of a heart transplant. Then she and her best friend Nyla, an adopted orphan from Liberia, discover a stack of letters from "S," Cass' birth mother. In dual narratives — one in Cass' voice, one through S' letters — this story unveils the story of adoption from both perspectives. Inspired by bestselling author Cynthia Hand's own search for her biological mother, this is a poignant and heartfelt tale about identity and family.
When the Nazis push the occupying Soviet soldiers out of Krystia's Ukrainian village in 1941, the villagers rejoice; surely the Germans are here to help. They certainly don't think there are any implications to their friends' and neighbors' mix of Polish, Jewish, and Ukrainian backgrounds. But as the Nazis' intentions become horrifyingly clear — first when the Poles and Ukrainians are deemed fit only for work, and then with a mass shooting of 101 Jewish men — Krystia faces a terrible choice: will she protect her friends and neighbors however she can, even at risk of losing everything? Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, author of Making Bombs for Hitler and Stolen Girl, based this immediate and gripping story on the real experiences of a World War II survivor.
Nikki Grimes is known today as a phenomenal author and poet — but her love of words began as a source of strength during unimaginable pain. Grimes grew up with a mostly absent father and a mentally ill mother who often had to spend time in psychiatric care. When she was 3, abuse by a babysitter forced her and her older sister into the foster care system, shuttling from family to family. But at the age of 6, she discovered that writing gave her a way to explore and focus her pain... and help her heal. This raw memoir in verse, which will resonate with both young readers and adults, is an exploration of how trauma affects memory, a celebration of resilience, and a reminder of the incredible power of the written word.
The last thing 16-year-old Tiger said to her loving but smothering mother was a scream: "Why can’t you ever just fucking leave me alone?" And then suddenly, she does — Tiger's mother dies unexpectedly. Now, Tiger finds herself being shuttled to a foster home, managing funeral details, and struggling with her grief. This novel follows Tiger over two weeks after her mother's death, capturing the pain of a profound loss that Tiger can't escape. It's a powerful story about grief, resilience, and the inevitability of both light and darkness in our lives.
High school student Ellis Kimball's life is controlled by her anxiety. Although she draws strength from her Mormon faith, she's terrified of the end of the world, and devotes much of her time and energy to buying supplies and making other preparations, just in case. When she meets Hannah in the therapist's waiting room, she finds her match in more ways than one: not only does Hannah say she knows when the world will end, but she also prompts Ellis to question her sexuality — which is harder because of her faith's stance on LGBTQ issues. But maybe Hannah will help her feel like it's worth preparing for life, not just doomsday. Teens will love this ultimate hopeful novel, full of complex characters and thoughtful questions about faith, love, and family.
17-year-old Trix McCabe has an uncanny gift for pickpocketing — which has served her well ever since her troubled mother left her to fend for herself. But when the police catch up with her, they give her two choices: head back to foster care, or move to Kansas to live with relatives from her father's side that she's ever even met. In Rocksaw, Kansas, though, she discovers that all the McCabe women have magical gifts — and almost starts to feel like she belongs. But can she overcome the physical and emotional scars of her past long enough to stop herself from running again? Gentle, evocative, and deeply heartfelt, this magical story captures the courage of those who change their stories.
When 17-year-old Veronica's pregnancy test is positive, she knows right away what she wants to do: she has an Ivy League acceptance and dreams of being the first person in her family to graduate from college, and a baby doesn't fit in those plans. But in Missouri, she'd need parental consent to get an abortion, and her conservative parents will never give it. The alternative is a 900 mile trip to a clinic in Alberquerque, but when she asks her boyfriend to drive her, he proposes marriage instead — and reveals he deliberately sabotaged their birth control. Now Veronica has to turn to her ex-best friend Bailey; at least Bailey has a car. This important story demystifies abortion and builds empathy, and also celebrates the friendships that will support you when you need them most.
When violence erupts near 12-year-old Jude's Syrian home, her Baba and older brother refuse to leave. Her mother, though, believes that it's no longer safe for her, Jude, and the baby she's carrying to stay. Jude finds herself winging across the ocean to Cincinnati, where an aunt, uncle, and cousin she's never met live. But life in America is a big adjustment: her cousin isn't welcoming, nobody looks like her, and she misses everything she left behind. "It is strange to feel lucky for something that is making my heart feel so sad," she thinks. With time, though, Jude finds her place in her new country — and who she really is. This lyrical and hopeful novel in verse will give kids new perspective on the experience of refugees as they leave an old home to find a new one.
17-year-old Danger Danielle Warren doesn't live up to her name: ever since she lost an eye in a childhood accident she's been a prisoner to her fears and believes that everything wrong with her family is her fault. So when her distant father, Cougar — a reality TV show survivalist — invites her to join him to film the next episode, Danny is sure this is her chance to prove herself. Then their small plane crashes in the Amazon rainforest, leaving her stranded with her father, teen movie idol Gus Price, and the camera crew... which keeps filming despite the accident. To her surprise, though, Danny discovers she has unexpected strength that will see her through all the dangers that face her — and realizes that she has nothing to prove. This tense survival story also explores how you can grow when you embrace who you really are.
12-year-old Hanako and her family were imprisoned by her own country in World War II, just because of their Japanese heritage, and then coerced into relinquishing their citizenship, forcing them to move to Japan. But their new country is in desperate straights post-war, including the small village outside of Hiroshima where her grandparents live. Compassionate Hanako wants to help, but her family doesn't even enough for themselves. Still, her grandfather's explanation about kintsukuroi — fixing broken items with gold lacquer to make them stronger and more beautiful — gives her hope for a future where her family is the gold that mends the wounds. Hanako shines in this emotional story about the aftermath of World War II and the Japanese internment.
In 1965, a wealthy 16-year-old takes an opportunity to flee her abusive home, renaming herself Victoria and joining the VanDrexel Family Circus as a tightrope walker. Fifty years later, her 16-year-old granddaughter Callie is following in her grandmother's footsteps on the high wire until her mother accepts her dream job at an animal sanctuary — taking Callie away from her beloved circus. Uncertain of herself in the new world of high school, Callie leans on Victoria's handwritten notes as her guide. Told in two narratives, Victoria's and Callie's, this book examines what it's like to start over, and how families can be found wherever you go.
One hundred years ago, women finally completed a decades-long fight for the right to vote in the UK and the US — and now, in this exquisitely illustrated book, acclaimed artist David Roberts teaches young people all the ins and outs, highs and lows, of the suffrage movement! Roberts introduces young readers to important suffrage figures on both sides of the Atlantic, including Millicent Garrett Fawcett, Emmeline Pankhurst, Ida B. Wells, Susan B. Anthony, as well as fascinating facts about the movement — like the martial art that became known as "suffrajitsu"! Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, this book provides a unique resources to introduce the nuances of the suffrage movement in a vibrant, appealing package.
When author India Desjardins met a 10-year-old with leukemia, the girl asked her to write a new story: a story about a girl with cancer that had a happy ending. The result is this unique picture book for tween and teen readers. In it, a 15-year-old, diagnosed with leukemia five years ago, waits to hear her prognosis. As she contemplates her journey, she dispels cancer myths and ponders how she is just a normal teenager: not "so strong," just a girl who wants to kiss her boyfriend some days, and to stop the pain however possible other days. With dreamlike illustrations and the promised happy ending, this book is an emotionally complex look at cancer diagnosis and treatment that incorporates today's statistics: 8 out of 10 children diagnosed with cancer are cured.
From Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood, to Minerva McGonagall and Tonks, there are plenty of inspiring women who made their mark in the history of the Wizarding World! This full-color guidebook celebrates all the female characters of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchises, complete with fun facts, photographs of iconic movie moments, and more. There are even specific tributes to girls who ruled on the Quidditch pitch, women who ran Hogwarts, and even the Wizarding World's dastardly female villains. It's the perfect handbook for anyone who's dreamed of getting their Hogwarts letter!
Jane Austen wrote novels over two hundred years ago, but her characters and themes are familiar even today! It's no wonder that she remains one of the most beloved authors of English literature. In this book from the engaging For Kids non-fiction series, kids will learn about her life, her bold decision to write and publish her work, and the time in which she lived. Clever hands-on activities, from playing with puns to learning an English country dance to navigating with a sextant, will absorb young readers in Austen's world, providing a unique look at a woman from a time when most women lived behind-the-scenes lives.
From the first days of American history, women have served in the United States military — but too often, their contributions were minimized or overlooked. As Revolutionary War and Civil War soldiers, they had to disguise themselves as men to fight, and even in the 20th century, they were often sidelined, even as they fought to break down barriers and prove they belonged alongside their male counterparts. In this beautifully illustrated book, author Winnifred Conkling introduces readers to courageous women past and present — from Harriet Tubman to Tammy Duckworth — who proudly joined the defense of their nation.
The Red Fox Clan are continuing to harry King Duncan and Princess Cassandra, who are trapped in Castle Araluen — and the courageous knight, Sir Horace, and the Ranger Commandant, Gilan, can't make it to their aid. The only one who can save them all is Maddie, the princess — and apprentice to Will Treaty, the greatest Ranger of them all. Maddie will draw on the help of old friends to free the warriors and rangers from the hill fort so they can travel to Araluen, but time is ticking and it's only a matter of time before the Red Fox Clan break through... This thrilling third installment in the Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger series sees Maddie come into her own and prove that she can be the one to save the day.
Learn about how best-selling author J. K. Rowling created the world of Harry Potter in this exciting book from the Work It, Girl series! Rowling dreamed of being a writer, and she knew she had a hit story — if she could find someone who wanted to publish it. In this book, kids will follow Rowling through ten chapters about her life, each of which ends with a lesson that they can apply to their own lives! Gorgeous 3-D cut paper artwork and inspiring quotes will encourage kids to dive in to this biography.
Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg collects her most passionate and powerful speeches on environmental issues in this book! Eleven of her speeches from September 2018 to April 2019 are reproduced here, including "Our House Is On Fire," given at the World Economic Forum in Davos; "I'm Too Young To Do This," from Stockholm in February 2019; and "Can You Hear Me?" from the Houses of Parliament in London in April 2019. All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to charity.