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Weatherford, Carole Boston. Beauty Mark: A Verse Novel of Marilyn Monroe. 2020. 183pp. Candlewick, $19.99. (9781536206296). Gr. 8-12.
Weatherford’s novel in verse pays tribute to the often misunderstood and underestimated life, career, and legacy of Marilyn Monroe.
Davis, Natalie. Princess Power. Illus. by Eda Kaban. 2020. 32p. Disney, $16.99 (9781368052942). Pres – K.
A young girl wakes up ready to start her day with the power of her favorite princesses to empower her be the best she can be.
Cuthew, Lucy. Blood Moon. 2020. 391p. Walker Books, $18.99 (9781536215038). Gr. 9-12.
Frankie’s first sexual experience where she also had her period goes viral as a meme, and what follows is a painful experience with cyberbullying and slut shaming.
Messner, Kate. History Smashers: Women’s Right to Vote. Illus. by Dylan Meconis. 2020. 224p. Random House, $12.99. (9780593120354). Gr. 4-8.
Messner dismantles the mythology behind frequently spotlighted figures in the women’s suffrage and highlights figures, particularly women of color, who fought for universal suffrage and representation in government.
Lee, Julie. Brother’s Keeper. 2020. 314p. Holiday House, $17.99 (9780823444946 ). Gr. 3-7.
Sora attempts to lead her brother to safety as they journey from North to South Korea by foot.
Krischer, Hayley. Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf. 2020. 328p. Razorbill, $18.99 (9780593114117). Gr. 9-12.
Ali Greenleaf is raped by a popular soccer player who she always had a crush on, and Blythe Jensen attempts to befriend her to assuage Ali’s concerns over her sexual assault.
Ottaviani, Jim. Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier. Illus. by Maris Wicks. 2020. 176p. First Second, $19.99 (9781626728776). Gr. 6-8.
Told through the perspective of astronaut Mary Cleave, this graphic novel describes the many tribulations and achievements of NASA’s first women astronauts.
Watson, Sarah. Most Likely. 2020. 377p. Little Brown / Poppy, $17.99 (9780316454834). Gr. 6-12.
Four life-long best friends navigate the big changes of senior year, not knowing that one of them will become the first female president of the United States.
Capin, Hannah. Foul is Fair. 2020. 336p. Wednesday, $18.99 (9781250239549). Gr. 9 and up.
Making good on her words, “You picked the wrong girl,” Jade metes out deadly justice on her rapists and their accomplices.