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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Women's History Month: Amelia Bloomer List

March is Women's History Month. Every year, the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association puts out the Amelia Bloomer Book List. The Amelia Bloomer list collects "well-written and well-illustrated books with significant feminist content, intended for young readers."

Here are the teen fiction titles from the [http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/amelia-bloomer-book-list|most recent list]:

    

Blue Thread by Ruth Tenzer Feldman. In Oregon, in 1912, Miriam becomes involved with the suffragette movement. She also ends up going back in time to the Biblical Era to the Daughters of Zelophehad, the first Biblical women to own land. Her time with each group helps the other, and ultimately, Miriam herself.

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle. Right before her Rumspringa, the elders in Katie's Amish community decide that no one can come in and no one can leave. There is unrest Outside, something bad is out there, and the elders want to keep the community safe. But when Katie finds someone near the border, someone who needs help, she can't just leave him there to die-- but is she bringing horror in to the community? TL;DR version: Amish vampire fiction. The scary kind, not the sexy kind.

Rift: A Nightshade Novel by Andrea Cremer. Ember has been training with the Conatus, a group of knights that keeps dark magic from taking over. When she realize one of their leaders is drawn to the dark side, Ember has to decide if she follows. It stands alone, but is also a prequel to Cremer's Nightshade series. The first book is Nightshade.

    

Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen. This is a fun new twist on Robin Hood where Will Scarlet is actually a girl in disguise, hiding from Lord Gisbourne.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Captured behind enemy lines, British spy Verity must write her confession for the Gestapo to save her life. What she tells is a thrilling story of daring and friendship.

Eight Girls Taking Pictures by Whitney Otto. In this adult novel, Otto interweaves the stories of eight female photographers around the world and over a span of decades and shows how each must balance her love and passion with what is expected of her.

    

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer. Sophie and her mother are in the Democratic Republic of the Congo working at her mother's bonobo reserve. When war breaks out, Sophie and Otto (one of the bonobos) are on the run for their lives.

Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin. Set during the Jazz Age, Garnet is spending the summer at Excelsior, a summer resort in Minnesota. She quickly gets bored and talks her guardian into letting her have a job. She then meets and falls in love with Isabella, a dancer at the forbidden dance hall.

Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall. Filled with magical realism, this book is a contemporary retelling of The Odyssey set on the US/Mexican border.

What are your favorite Amelia Bloomer books?

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