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True Tales for Teens: Young Adult Heroines

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The ABCs of AOC by Jamia Wilson
The ABCs of AOC is an inspiring and educational book about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez taking Congress – and the media – by storm. This empowering and informative book is the perfect conversation starter for young people interested in government and activism, and the ultimate gift for anyone who wants to learn more about the representative.

Before They Were Authors by Elizabeth Haidle
Have you ever wondered what made your favorite female authors want to write? This informative graphic novel captures the childhood triumphs, failures and inspirations that predated their careers.

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu
These are the true tales of rebel girls who made a difference. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison, or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.

Feminism is… by Alexandra Black
Find out what equality for women really means, get a short history of feminism and take a look at the concerns affecting women at work, in the home and around sex and identity. Get answers to the big issues and meet some of the most groundbreaking feminists like Audre Lorde and bell hooks.

The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich
On March 16, 1970, the day Newsweek published a cover story on the fledgling feminist movement entitled "Women in Revolt," forty-six Newsweek women charged the magazine with discrimination in hiring and promotion. It was the first female class action lawsuit – the first by women journalists – and it inspired other women in the media to quickly follow suit. The Good Girls Revolt also explores why changes in the law didn't solve everything.

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World by Kelly Jensen
Forty-four writers, dancers, actors and artists contribute essays, lists, poems, comics and illustrations about everything from body positivity, to romance, to gender identity, to intersectionality, to the greatest girl friendships in fiction. Together, they share diverse perspectives on and insights into what feminism means and what it looks like.

I am Mala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai
Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So, she fought for her right to be educated and nearly lost her life when she was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school. Malala's powerful story will open your eyes to another world and make you believe in hope, truth, miracles and the possibility that one young person can inspire change.

Noisemakers: 25 Women who Raised their Voices and Changed the World edited by Erin Bried, Editor and Chief of Kazoo Magazine
From the creators of Kazoo, a quarterly magazine for girls ages 5-12, which Amy Poehler's Smart Girls called "required reading," comes a graphic novel anthology of women who are not afraid to make some noise! In 25 distinct styles from some of the most exciting comic artists, Noisemakers is for everyone who is not afraid to use their voice and for those who could use a little boost.

Radioactive! How Irene Curie and Liese Mitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World by Winnifred Conkling
This is the fascinating, little-known story of how two brilliant female physicists' amazing discoveries led to the creation of the atomic bomb. Radioactive! presents the story of two women breaking ground in a male-dominated field, scientists still largely unknown despite their crucial contributions to cutting-edge research, in a nonfiction narrative that reads with the suspense of a thriller.

She Takes a Stand by Michael Elsohn Ross        
This inspiring collection of short biographies features the stories of extraordinary figures past and present who have dedicated their lives to fighting for human rights, civil rights, workers' rights, reproductive rights and world peace. Be inspired by anti-lynching crusader and writer Ida B. Wells, birth control educator and activist Margaret Sanger, girls-education activist Malala Yousafzai, Gulabi Gang who fights violence against Indian women, Dana Edell, who works against the sexualization of women and girls in the media, and many others.

Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story by Peter Bagge
In his signature cartoony, rubbery style, Bagge presents the life of the birth-control activist, educator, nurse, mother and protofeminist from her birth in the late 19th
century to her death after the invention of the birth control pill. Balancing humor and respect, Bagge makes Sanger whole and human, showing how her flaws fueled her fiery activism just as much as her compassionate nature did.

Young, Gifted and Black by Jamia Wilson
Written in the spirit of Nina Simone's song To Be Young, Gifted, and Black, this vibrant book is a perfect introduction to both historic and present-day icons and heroes. Meet figureheads, leaders, and pioneers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks, as well as cultural trailblazers and athletes like Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams.

Audience: Teens
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