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ter following an assault conviction, 17-year-old
Minnow Bly relives the events that led to her imprisonment, including the mystery surrounding
her cult leader’s death and the loss of her hands. A
2016 Morris Honor Book.
Saint Anything. By Sarah Dessen. Viking,
Sydney lives in the shadow of her older
brother—everyone’s favorite. When he makes a
terrible choice that lands him in jail, everything
changes. Sydney might be able to escape to a new
school and new romance, but she can’t escape her
Shadowshaper. By Daniel José Older.
Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $17.99
Sierra Santiago was amped for her summer of
painting murals and hanging with friends before
noticing the murals were fading faster than normal. Another street artist, named Robbie, is the
only one who can help her to unlock this mystery.
A 2016 Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young
Show and Prove. By Sofia Quintero. Knopf,
In the summer of 1983, Smiles and Nike experience the pains of growing up in the South
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. By
Becky Albertalli. Harper/Balzer+Bray, $17.99
Simon is falling in love for the first time. Over
e-mail, if that’s even possible. A 2016 Top 10
Rainbow List Book and the 2016 William C.
Morris Award winner.
Six of Crows. By Leigh Bardugo. Holt,
Presented an offer too lucrative to refuse, gang
leader Kaz Brekker and his team of convicts,
runaways, and thieves set out to smuggle an imprisoned scientist from an impenetrable Fjerdan
fortress only to face treachery and betrayal along
Skyscraping. By Cordelia Jensen. Philomel,
In this novel in verse, high-school-senior Mira
must come to terms with discovering that her father is gay and living with HIV.
A Song for Ella Grey. By David Almond.
Delacorte, $16.99 (9780553533590).
Claire poetically narrates the epic love story
of her best friend, Ella Grey, and the mysterious
Orpheus as romance, death, and mythology swirl
together in a modern retelling of the classic story
of Orpheus and Eurydice.
These Shallow Graves. By Jennifer Donnelly.
Delacorte, $19.99 (9780385737654).
As she digs deep for answers about her father’s
untimely death, Jo Montfort discovers all is not
what it seems in her upper-class environs of
nineteenth-century New York City.
Thirteen Days of Midnight. By Leo Hunt.
Candlewick, $13 (9780763678654).
When Luke Manchett’s estranged father passes
away, he inherits a dangerous host of ghosts that
threaten everyone he holds dear. He must figure
out how to banish or control them before they
reach the height of their power in 13 days—
The Truth Commission. By Susan Juby. Viking,
As a nonfiction project, Normandy Pale chronicles the work of the truth commission, through
which she and her two best friends ask classmates
and faculty about various open secrets, while
Norm’s famous sister reveals unsettling truths of
Under a Painted Sky. By Stacey Lee. Putnam,
Samantha and Annamae are thrown together
when they are forced to hide from the law and
pose as boys as they travel the Oregon Trail in
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B. By Teresa
Toten. Delacorte, $17.99 (9780553507867).
Attending a young adult OCD support group
(and falling in love) helps Adam deal with his
OCD and face the truth about his home life. A
2016 Schneider Family Book Award winner.
Walk on Earth a Stranger. By Rae Carson.
Greenwillow, $17.99 (9780062242914).
Leah Westfall, a girl with the ability to sense
gold, disguises herself as a boy to make the dangerous journey to California in 1849.
The Walls around Us. By Nova Ren Suma.
Algonquin, $17.95 (9781616203726).
Ori and Vee have been inseparable since they
met in ballet class as little girls, but a horrible
African American Women: Photographs from
the National Museum of African American
History and Culture. illus. GILES, $16.95
Photographs from the nineteenth century
to the present depict the diverse experiences of
African American women and their ongoing
importance in American history.
The Born Frees: Writing with the Girls of
Gugulethu. By Kimberly Burge. Norton,
In the South African township of Gugulethu, young women from the first generation
born postapartheid explore the challenges that
they and their community face, including sexism, classism, sexual abuse, HIV/AIDS, and
The Boston Girl. By Anita Diamant. 2014.
Scribner, $26 (9781439199350).
Unwilling to accept the rigid restrictions
of her youth at the beginning of the twentieth century, Addie Baum fought to be true to
herself. Mentors and friends sustain her as she
grows to be an independent, educated woman.
Devoted. By Jennifer Mathieu. Roaring
Brook, $16.99 (9781596439115).
Raised with a strict fundamentalist adherence to the Bible, Rachel Walker has been
taught that women can only become a loving
helpmate to a husband. When a former member of her church moves back to town, Rachel
begins to see other possibilities.
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s
Courage Changed Music. By Margarita
Engle. Illus. by Rafael López. HMH, $16.99
On an island filled with music, a young girl
longs to play the drums. She challenges gender
norms to follow her passion, and her “
dream-bright music” persuades her community that
everyone should be allowed to dream. A 2016
Notable Children’s Book and the 2016 Pura
Belpré Illustrator Award winner.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth
Bader Ginsburg. By Irin Carmon and Shana
Knizhnik. illus. HarperCollins/Dey Street,
Why has Ruth Bader Ginsburg become
the subject of memes, art, and feminist baby
Halloween costumes? Carmon and Knizhnik
explore the justice’s history of legally justifying the equality of women and all marginalized
Sally Ride: A Photobiography of America’s
Pioneering Woman in Space. By Tam
O’Shaughnessy. illus. Roaring Brook, $19.99
After spending years as an academic underachiever with a passion for tennis, Sally Ride
discovered her love of physics and became the
first American woman to travel to space.
Swing Sisters: The Story of the International
Sweethearts of Rhythm. By Karen Deans.
Illus. by Joe Cepeda. Holiday, $16.95
From their early days in Mississippi to their
travels around the world, the Sweethearts made
people dance—and question their assumptions
about race and gender.
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer; Spirit
of the Civil Rights Movement. By Carole
Boston Weatherford. Illus. by Ekua Holmes.
Candlewick, $17.99 (9780763665319).
Fannie Lou Hamer played an integral part
in the civil rights movement by raising her
voice and fighting for freedom. A 2016 Notable Children’s Book, a 2016 Caldecott Honor
Book, the 2016 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award winner, and a
2016 Sibert Honor Book.
We Should All Be Feminists. By
Chimamanda Gnozi Adichie. Random
House/Anchor, $7.95 (9781101911761).
Adichie’s personal essay explains why she
chose to be true to herself and work toward
societal change in gender attitudes.
AMELIA BLOOMER LIST, 2016
Each year the Amelia Bloomer Project, sponsored by the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of ALA, selects a list of recommended feminist books,
fiction and nonfiction, for young readers from preschool through age 18. The titles below, published between September 2014 and December 2015, make up the top 10 picks from the full list,
which is available at ameliabloomer.wordpress.com. Titles published in 2014 are noted; all others
were published in 2015.
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