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February 1, 2016 BOOKLIST
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The Amelia Bloomer Project, sponsored by the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of ALA, announces its fourth annual list of recommended feminist books for young readers from preschool through age 18. Published between July 2003 and December 2004, these books were chosen from the hundreds examined by members of the committee. The selection criteria include significant feminist content, excellence in writing, appealing format for nonfiction, and age appropriateness. Below is a sampling of the titles chosen. For the full list, further discussion, and more information about the project, visit the Amelia Bloomer Web site.
Ball, Heather. Great Women Leaders. 2004. illus. Second Story, paper, $7.95 (1-896764-81-9).
Gr. 5-8. Coming from all corners of the world, courageous women use their intelligence, abilities, and strength to accomplish great things.
Brackett, Virginia. Restless Genius: The Story of Virginia Woolf. 2004. illus. Morgan Reynolds, $21.95 (1-931798-37-0).
Gr. 7-10. This leading feminist of the early 1900s, who authored groundbreaking novels, essays, and short stories, is introduced in a compact biography.
Bausum, Ann. With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman’s Right to Vote. 2004. illus. National Geographic, $21.95 (0-7922-7647-7).
Gr. 6-9. The violence and persecution that followed the woman suffragists are shown through the experiences of Alice Paul, one of the more radical feminists of the early twentieth century.
Carson, Mina and others. Girls Rock! Fifty Years of Women Making Music. 2004. illus. Univ. Press of Kentucky, $29.95 (0-8131-2310-0).
Gr. 9-12. With grit, determination, and passion, female rock ‘n’ rollers are taking an increasingly visible and feminist stand and changing the male-dominated music industry.
Dublin, Anne. Bobbie Rosenfeld: The Olympian Who Could Do Everything. 2004. illus. Second Story, $14.95 (1-896764-82-7).
Gr. 7-12. To the amazement of many, this unconventional Canadian Olympian and sports journalist excelled in a multitude of sports in the early 1900s.
Gourley, Catherine. Society’s Sisters: Stories of Women Who Fought for Social Justice in America. 2003. illus. Twenty-First Century, $26.60 (0-76132-865-3).
Gr. 6-9. Women from many walks of life agitated for women’s and children’s issues, changing society through collective strength.
Homan, Lynn M. and Thomas Reilly. Women Who Fly. Illus. by Rosalie M. Shepherd. 2004. Pelican, $14.95 (1-58980-160-1).
Gr. 3-6. The authors’ love of flying shines in these narratives of women aviation pioneers who were determined to fly.
Krull, Kathleen. A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull. Illus. by Jane Dyer. 2004. Walker, $16.95 (0-8027-8908-0).
Gr. 5-7. A girl rises from poverty and abuse to become a stockbroker and newspaper owner on her way to running for president in 1872, campaigning on a platform of women’s suffrage and equality.
Marcovitz, Hal. Nancy Pelosi. 2004. illus. Chelsea House, $22.95 (0-7910-7737-3).
Gr. 5-8. In 2002, Nancy Pelosi did what no woman had done before: she took leadership of the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Moss, Marissa. Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen. Illus. by C. F. Payne. 2004. Simon & Schuster, $16.95 (0-689-86329-2).
K-Gr. 3. A young pitcher plays against legendary heroes Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig-with surprising results.
Souad. Burned Alive: A Victim of the Law of Men. 2004. Warner, $24 (0-446-53346-7).
Gr. 10-12. In this account by a victim of an attempted “honor killing,” Souad shares the story of the crime, her sentence and horrible punishment, and her survival.
Stearman, Kaye. Feminism. 2004. illus. Raintree, $22.95 (0-73986-415-7).
Gr. 4-7. This portrayal of the many faces of feminism shows the movement’s influence, past and present, around the world.
Thimmesh, Catherine. Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics. Illus. by Douglas B. Jones. 2004. Houghton, $17.95 (0-618-39666-7).
Gr. 3-6. When she declares her intention to become president, a girl is shown vignettes of the vital leadership roles of women worldwide.
Aidinoff, Elsie V. The Garden. 2004. HarperTempest, $16.99 (0-06-055605-6).
Gr. 9-12. In the beginning, God created the wise, beautiful, and just serpent to train the newly created Eve in the ways of the world.
Collins, Pat Lowery. The Fattening Hut. 2003. Houghton, $15 (0-618-30955-1).
Gr. 9-12. When Helen finds out the secret of her tribe’s fattening hut, she runs away from all she knows for a chance to be free.
Constable, Kate. The Singer of All Songs. 2004. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $16.95 (0-439-55478-0).
Gr. 7-10. Calwyn, a young priestess of ice “chantment,” leaves the safety of Antaris to help save her world from a sorcerer who would claim all the magic for himself.
Frederick, Heather Vogel. The Education of Patience Goodspeed. 2004. Simon & Schuster, $15.95 (0-689-86411-6).
Gr. 6-9. In 1836, the impatient 14-year-old heroine saves her father’s ship and its crew before being confined to a boarding school run by the narrow-minded Reverend Wiggins.
Funke, Cornelia. The Princess Knight. Illus. by Kerstin Meyer. 2004. Scholastic/Chicken House, $15.95 (0-439-53630-8).
Gr. K-3. The young princess Violetta proves strength is not measured by size alone.
Geeslin, Campbell. Elena’s Serenade. Illus. by Ana Juan. 2004. Atheneum, $16.95 (0 -689-84908-7).
Gr. 1-3. Following her dream of being a glassblower, a young Mexican girl learns this magical skill on an enchanted journey to Monterey.
Jocelyn, Marthe. Mable Riley: A Reliable Record of Humdrum Peril and Romance. 2004. Candlewick, $15.99 (0-7636-2120-X).
Gr. 6-9. Mable dreams of being a writer and having adventures while secretly befriending a neighbor who holds scandalous opinions about women’s rights.
Ryan, Pam Muñoz. Becoming Naomi Leon. 2004. Scholastic, $16.95 (0-439-26969-5).
Gr. 5-8. Abandoned by her mother, a shy young girl finds her will and her voice as she searches for her father with the help of her loving grandmother.
Stolz, Joelle. The Shadows of Ghadames. Tr. by Catherine Temerson. 2004. Delacorte, $15.95 (0-385-73104-3).
Gr. 6-9. In nineteenth-century Libya, Malika helps care for an injured stranger hidden in her home. She never dreams that this man, so opposed to women’s rights, may satisfy her yearning to read.
Weil, Sylvie. My Guardian Angel. 2004. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $16.95 (0-439-57681-4).
Gr. 5-8. Twelve-year-old Elvina, living in Troyes, France, in 1096, prefers reading and writing to traditional women’s work. She puts her Jewish community at risk when she gives refuge to a young Christian crusader.
Whelan, Gloria. Chu Ju’s House. 2004. HarperCollins, $15.99 (0-06-050724-1).
Gr. 5-8. To protect her baby sister, a second child, from being sent away, 14-year-old Chu Ju leaves home to survive on her own in rural modern-day China.
Winspear, Jacqueline. Birds of a Feather. 2004. Soho, $25 (1-56947-368-4).
Gr. 9-12. The search for a runaway heiress leads private investigator Maisie Dobbs to a series of murders stemming from events during World War I.
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