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The Amelia Bloomer Project, sponsored by the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of ALA, announces its sixth annual list of recommended feminist books for young readers from preschool through age 18. Published between July 2005 and December 2006, these books were chosen from 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.
Durrant, Lynda. My Last Skirt: The Story of Jennie Hodgers, Union Soldier. 2006. Clarion, $16 (0-618-57490-5). Gr. 7–10.
In nineteenth-century Ireland, Jennie Hodgers disguises herself as a boy to get a better-paying job. She enjoys the freedom so much that she continues to masquerade as a male, even fighting for the Union army during the Civil War.
Ebadi, Shirin. Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope. 2006. Random, $24.95 (1-4000-6470-8). Gr. 10–12.
Ebadi traces her life as a dedicated human-rights advocate and winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize as she tries to maintain a traditional woman’s role in an Arab country while defending politically charged cases that most in the legal profession refuse to touch.
Fradin, Judith Bloom and Fradin, Dennis Brindell. Jane Addams: Champion of Democracy. 2006. illus. Clarion, $21 (0-618-50436-2). Gr. 7–10.
In words and photos, the authors tell the story of an ardent suffragist, civil rights activist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, who founded one of the first settlement houses and gained international recognition for her work.
Hotchkiss, Ron. The Matchless Six: The Story of Canada’s First Women’s Olympic Team. 2006. illus. Tundra, $16.95 (0-88776-738-9). Gr. 7–12.
Meet Canada’s finest female track and field athletes as they make history in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Summer Games.
Keller, Emily. Frances Perkins: First Woman Cabinet Member. 2006. Morgan Reynolds, $27.95 (1-931798-91-5). Gr. 6–10.
A compelling look at an unassuming but outspoken, independent woman, who altered the way people worked and lived in the U.S.
Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody. Ladies First: 40 Daring American Women Who Were Second to None. illus. 2006. National Geographic, $18.95 (0-7922-5393-0). Gr. 6–9.
Short profiles of 40 amazing American women reveal groundbreaking accomplishments in the arts, sciences, architecture, sports, and exploration.
Lakin, Patricia. Abigail Adams: First Lady of the American Revolution. Illus. by Bob Dacey and Debra Bandelin. 2006. Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, paper, $3.99 (0-689-87032-9). Gr. 2–4.
Lakin does a fine job of introducing Abigail Adams, who helped shape U.S. history, influenced two presidents, managed the family farm, and became a clever businesswoman.
Love, D. Anne. Of Numbers and Stars: The Story of Hypatia. Illus. by Pam Paparone. 2006. Holiday, $16.95 (0-8234-1621-6). PreS–Gr. 2.
Love details the story of the most famous and influential mathematician and philosopher of ancient Alexandria, Egypt—who happened to be a woman.
Mannis, Celeste Davidson. Julia Morgan Built a Castle. 2006. illus. Viking, $17.99 (0-670-05964-1). K–Gr. 3.
In the late nineteenth century, Julia Morgan fought discrimination and followed her dreams to become California’s first licensed woman architect. She designed more than 800 buildings, including William Randolph Hurst’s castle, San Simeon.
Marx, Trish. Jeannette Rankin: First Lady of Congress. Illus. by Dan Andreasen. 2006. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $18.95 (0-689-86290-3). Gr. 4–7
Four years before American women won the vote, Jeannette Rankin was elected to Congress—the first woman to win a seat in the House of Representatives—where she fought for women’s rights and advocated for peace during the tumultuous years of both World Wars.
McCully, Emily Arnold. Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor. 2006. illus. Holiday, $16 (0-374-34810-3). K–Gr. 3.
In words and colorful art, McCully shows how Knight’s passion for experimentation inspired her invention of a paper-bag-making machine that she successfully patented despite male opposition.
Oppenheim, Joanne. Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference. 2006. illus. Scholastic, $22.99 (0-439-56992-3). Gr. 9–12.
When the U.S. incarcerated more than 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans living on the West Coast during World War II, librarian Clara Breed made a difference in their lives by sending letters and care packages to them while they were interred.
Schroeder, Lucinda Delaney. A Hunt for Justice: The True Story of a Woman Undercover Wildlife Agent. 2006. Lyons, $21.95 (1-59228-882-0). Gr. 9–12.
When Schroeder infiltrates a camp of clandestine and unscrupulous hunters and hunting outfitters illegally killing game animals in the deep backwoods of Alaska, she enters a secret world and puts her life on the line to take the criminals down.
Sullivan, George. Bernice Abbott, Photographer: An Independent Vision. 2006. illus. Clarion, $20 (0-618-44026-7). Gr. 6–9.
From her early years in the bohemian communities of Paris and New York’s Greenwich Village through her time as teacher, writer, inventor, and photographic archivist, Abbott was a pioneer, both as a woman in a male-dominated profession and as a creative genius who changed the face of American photography.
Best, Cari. Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen. Illus. by Christine Davenier. 2006. Farrar/Melanie Kroupa, $16 (0-374-36386-2). K–Gr. 2.
When Sally Jean outgrows her faithful bicycle, and her parents can’t afford to buy her a replacement, she uses her knowledge and ingenuity to build a new one.
Kessler, Christina. The Best Beekeeper of Lalibela. Illus. by Leonard Jenkins. 2006. Holiday, $16.95 (0-8234-1858-8). PreS–Gr. 2.
In the mountains of Ethiopia, a young girl vows that her honey will be the best in the land, despite being told that making honey is men’s work.
McCormick, Patricia. Sold. 2006. Hyperion, $15.99 (0-7868-5171-6). Gr. 9–12.
Thirteen-year old Nepalese Lakshmi has been sold as a sex slave by her stepfather, but she refuses to let horrific abuse smother her dreams of escape or quench her desire to find a better life away from the degradation and humiliation of her situation in India.
Springer, Nancy. The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery. 2006. Philomel, $10.99 (0-399-24304-6). Gr. 4–7.
After her brothers Sherlock and Mycroft send her to a finishing school, Enola Holmes runs away to London, using her fledgling detective skills to locate her missing mother and a kidnapped boy.
Timberlake, Amy. That Girl Lucy Moon. 2006. Hyperion, $15.99 (0-7868-5298-40). Gr. 4–7.
Lucy Moon is a girl who sees injustice and isn’t afraid to fight it. When she starts a campaign to fight corruption in her hometown, she learns that one person really can make a difference.
Wilson, Diane Lee. Firehorse. 2006. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $16.95 (1-4169-1551-6). Gr. 9–11.
Inspired by a badly burned fire horse, Rachel, a spirited 15-year-old, is determined to become a veterinarian in spite of familial and societal opposition.
Amelia Bloomer Project, 2007, committee members: Jennifer Baltes, WI; Amy Cheney, Alameda County Library, Juvenile Hall, CA; Jane Cothron, Lincoln County Library District, OR; Christie Gibrich, Dallas Public Library, TX; Helma Hawkins, Kansas City Public Library, MO; Brenda Kilmer, Felix Varela Senior High School, FL; Maureen McCoy, Brooklyn Public Library, NY; Nel Ward, Central Oregon Coast Children’s Book Preview Center, OR.
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