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Episode 40 — Feminist Books for Teens


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Grades 6 – 12
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Duration 16:46
Original Air Date Published June 27, 2011

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Episode 40 – Feminist Books for Teens


Episode 40 – Feminist Books for Teens

Books for teen girls are a big business, but it's not always easy to identify titles that depict strong and independent girl characters. Feminist books for teens, celebrated each year on the ALA's Amelia Bloomer list, highlight the power girls have to chart the course of their own lives. In this episode, you'll hear about a variety of feminist books for teens-including works of realistic fiction as well as fantasy, biography, historical fiction, and satire.

After listening to this episode, be sure to print out this list of recommended titles to take to the library or book seller.

Books featured in this episode include:

  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (Scholastic, 2011)
  • This Girl is Different by JJ Johnson (Peachtree, 2011)
  • Huntress by Malinda Lo (Little, Brown, 2011)
  • The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams (St. Martin's Griffin, 2009)
  • Hush by Eishes Chayil (Walker, 2010)
  • Jane Austen: A Life Revealed by Catherine Reef (Clarion, 2011)
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World by Penny Colman (Henry Holt, 2011)
  • Mare's War by Tanita Davis (Knopf, 2009)
  • I Am an Emotional Creature by Eve Ensler (Villard, 2010)

Find even more recommended feminist books for young readers on The Amelia Bloomer List, published annually by the Feminist Task Force of the American Library Association's Social Responsibilities Round Table.