Monday, November 25, 2013

Girls Dressed as Boys

I've done two posts this month featuring books from my Movember display (here and here). Most of the books that took a mustache well were ones with girls on the cover, so in that vein, here are some books that feature girls disguised as boys. Annotations are from WorldCat.


Wild Orchid: A Retelling of "The Ballad of Mulan" by Cameron Dokey. After disguising herself as a boy to join the Chinese army, Mulan returns home only to face an arena that frightens her more than any battlefield--the royal court where she must honor her family through marriage

Nobody's Prize by Esther Friesner. Still longing for adventure, Princess Helen of Sparta maintains her disguise as a boy to join her unsuspecting brothers as part of the crew of the Argo, the ship commanded by Prince Jason in his quest for the Golden Fleece. Start with Nobody's Princess.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically engineered beasts.


Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman. Natalie, a seventeen-year-old former drama club member who now writes a relationship column for her school newspaper, decides to go undercover as a student at an all-boys boarding school so that she can figure out what guys are really like.

Can I See Your I.D.?: True Stories of False Identities by Chris Barton. Stories of ten impostors-- many of them teenagers-- push questions of identity, deception, and gullibility to the extreme. (Jennie adds-- there are a few girls-as-boys stories.

Scarlet by AC Gaughen. Will Scarlet shadows Robin Hood, with an unerring eye for finding treasures to steal and throwing daggers with deadly accuracy, but when Gisbourne, a ruthless bounty hunter, is hired by the sheriff to capture Robin and his band of thieves, Robin must become Will's protector risking his own life in the process.


Alanna: The First Adventure Eleven-year-old Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page, a learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure.

The Body at the Tower by YS Lee. As a nearly full-fledged member of the Agency, the all-female detective unit based in Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls, Mary Quinn, disguised as a poor apprentice builder, must brave the sinister underworld of Victorian London in order to unmask a murderer.

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. Struggling to survive after a shipwreck, Viola disguises herself as a young soldier, complicating numerous relationships.

What books would you add?

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