The Bitter Side of Sweet. By Tara Sullivan.
Putnam, $17.99 (9780399173073).
Amadou and Seydou have been tricked into
slavery on the Ivory Coast, cutting down cacao
pods day after day. They’re resigned to their fate
until Khadija, the first girl brought to the farm,
immediately attempts an escape that changes
everything and risks all of their lives. A 2017 Notable Children’s Book.
Booked. By Kwame Alexander. HMH, $16.99
Nick, an eighth-grade soccer star, would like to
concentrate on an upcoming tournament, but life
gets in the way. Can he handle changing family
dynamics, a first crush, bullying, a sidelining injury, and being forced to read a dictionary? Find
out how he manages in this verse novel. A 2017
Notable Children’s Book.
Burn Baby Burn. By Meg Medina.
Candlewick, $17.99 (9780763674670).
Nora López graduates from her Queens, New
York, high school in the summer of 1977—a summer marked by a heat wave, arson, and the Son of
Sam murders. But there are things to fear at home,
too, as her family disintegrates amid the overwhelming power of her brother’s violent streak. A
2017 Top 10 Amelia Bloomer Project Book.
The Call. By Peadar O’Guilin. David Fickling,
Every Irish teenager gets “the Call”: without
warning, they’re transported to the nightmarish
Grey Lands for one day, trying to survive while the
vengeful Sidhe faeries hunt them for sport. Nessa
trains hard so she’ll survive when her time comes,
but with her disability, the odds aren’t good.
Character, Driven. By David Lubar. Tor Teen,
Cliff is almost out of high school, and he’s never
had much luck with girls—or anything else. But
when Jillian moves to town, he determines to have
the girlfriend of his dreams and figure out what to
do with his messed-up life.
Drag Teen. By Jeffery Self. Scholastic/Push,
JT, his boyfriend, and his best friend set off on a
road trip from Florida to New York to compete in
the Drag Teen competition, finding unlikely help
and inspiration along the way.
Every Exquisite Thing. By Matthew Quick.
Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316379595).
Nanette has a nice, normal life—friends, high
school, soccer. But after she discovers a cult-classic
novel, “nice and normal” become instantly unappealing. Ditching everyday life for the book’s
reclusive author and another obsessive teenage
fan, Nanette explores her rebellious nonconformist side—and the risks that come with it.
The Female of the Species. By Mindy
McGinnis. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen,
The social hierarchy of a small-town high school
is revealed through the voices of Alex, Jack, and
Peekay, who are still haunted by the brutal rape
and murder of Alex’s sister years ago. Alex, however, is on a quest for vengeance.
Free Verse. By Sarah Dooley. Putnam, $16.99
An orphaned middle-schooler struggles with
anxiety after her older brother tragically dies, finally finding hope in a newfound family and
Ghost. By Jason Reynolds. Atheneum/Caitlyn
Dlouhy, $16.99 (9781481450157).
His dad shot a gun at him, and “Ghost” Crenshaw has been running ever since. When Ghost
challenges a runner to a race, he ends up on the
team himself. But it’s one step forward and two
steps back as Ghost channels his anger to become
part of the team. A 2017 Notable Children’s Book.
The Girl from Everywhere. By Heidi Heilig.
Greenwillow, $17.99 (9780062380753).
Nix, her drug-addicted father, and a ragtag crew
travel through time on a pirate ship and become
entangled in a plot to steal the king’s gold in
Girl in Pieces. By Kathleen Glasgow. Delacorte,
Charlie, a cutter and an artist, lands in Tucson
after she has to leave rehab. Alone, insecure, and
scared, she gets a job where she finds both sup-
portive and destructive relationships. In spite of
bad decisions, disappointments, and backslid-
ing, she doggedly struggles to find herself and her
Girl in the Blue Coat. By Monica Hesse. Little,
Brown, $17.99 (9780316260602).
In 1943 Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, Hanneke
helps her family survive by procuring and distributing black-market goods for customers, one
of whom is hiding a Jewish girl. When the girl
vanishes mysteriously, Hanneke takes up the case,
unwittingly joining the Resistance as her eyes are
opened to the war’s horrors.
Girl Mans Up. By M-E Girard. Harper Teen,
Pen (don’t call her Penelope) has always been
more comfortable wearing her brother’s clothes,
playing video games, and hanging out with guys.
She knows what kind of girl she wants to be, but
now that she’s 16, why are so many other people
having a problem with that?
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, all published in 2016, make up the top 10 picks from the full list, which is available at
AMELIA BLOOMER LIST, 2017
Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First
Computer Programmer. By Diane Stanley.
Illus. by Jessie Hartland. Simon & Schuster/
Paula Wiseman, $17.99 (9781481452496).
A great imagination and a rigorous mathematical education led Ada Lovelace to write the
very first computer program. A 2017 Notable
Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in
Palestine. By Ibtisam Barakat. Farrar/Margaret
Ferguson, $17.99 (9780374302511).
In a story set against the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict, the author tells of defying traditional
gender roles in order to finish her education,
avoid marriage, and help her mother obtain an
Becoming Unbecoming. By Una. Illus. by the
author. Myriad, $23.95 (9781908434692).
Beginning with her own childhood experiences with rape, slut-shaming, and the search
for the Yorkshire Ripper, Una examines the societal attitudes that create our culture of sexual
Burn Baby Burn. By Meg Medina.
Candlewick, $17.99 (9780763674670).
Nora López navigates the summer after high-school graduation—from uncertainty about
her future to her participation in the women’s
movement to fears about the serial killer stalking the city—in 1977 Queens. A 2017 Top 10
Best Fiction for Young Adults.
Exit, Pursued by a Bear. By E. K. Johnston.
Dutton, $17.99 (9781101994580).
After being drugged and raped at cheer
camp, Hermione Winters works to regain control over her body, life, and identity. A 2017
Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her
Mark. By Debbie Levy. Illus. by Elizabeth
Baddeley. Simon & Schuster, $17.99
Since childhood, Ginsburg has challenged
inequality. She fought sexism and prejudice to
become a Supreme Court justice who works to
ensure that everyone is treated fairly under the
law. A 2017 Notable Children’s Book.
The Lie Tree. By Frances Hardinge. Abrams/
Amulet, $17.95 (9781419718953).
When Faith’s father is found dead in an apparent suicide, Faith knows he was murdered.
Full of questions, curiosity, and intellect,
Faith intends to find justice by whatever
means necessary. A 2017 Top 10 Best Fiction
for Young Adults and a 2017 Notable Children’s Book.
Take It as a Compliment. By Maria Stoian.
Illus. by the author. Singing Dragon, $24.95
In episodic comics, Stoian shares 20 individuals’ experiences with sexual harassment and
Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate,
Mock, and Fear . . . and Why. By Sady Doyle.
Melville, $25.95 (9781612195636).
From Mary Wollstonecraft to Britney Spears,
the sexist construction of the “trainwreck”
frames Doyle’s examination of our expectations
We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual
Assault Speak Out. By Annie E. Clark and
Andrea L. Pino. Holt, $17 (9781627795333).
This title collects stories of survivors and activists who have mobilized to break the silence
surrounding the painful reality of sexual violence on college campuses.