Maria Merian, Mary Anning, and Maria Mitchell—three real girls separated by oceans and centuries—had much more in common than one might think. Through observation, curiosity, tenacity, passion, and intelligence, each one of them bucked tradition and expectation, and in doing so, moved our understanding of the natural world forward.
Maggs, Sam. Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History. Illus. by Sophia Foster-DiMino. 2016. 240p. Quirk Books, $16.99 (978-1-5947-4925-4). Gr. 6 and up.
Thought-provoking and entertaining profiles that introduce twenty-five world-changing – although oft forgotten – women of history, as well as connecting the impact of their work to the work of women in STEM fields today.
Cho, Zen. Sorcerer to the Crown. 2015. 384p. Ace Books/Penguin Putnam, $26.95 (978-0-4252-8337-0). Gr. 10 – up.
The Napoleonic Wars rage and Great Britain faces a shortage of magic as the newly elected Sorcerer Royal Zacharias Wythe struggles to gain respect and support from a society that can’t look beyond his dark skin or his mentor’s mysterious death. But then Zacharias meets Prunella Gentleman, an orphan whose remarkable magical ability seems doomed be wasted in a world where women are not permitted to practice magic. Together, Zacharias and Prunella set out on a quest to upend Britain’s magical hierarchy and alter the nation forever.
O’Neill, Louise. Asking For It. 2016. 346p. Quercus, $16.99 (978-1681-445373) Gr. 10-up. Emma O’Donovan has always been in control, of her beauty, her friends, her popularity. She loved being the center of attention, the one that everyone wanted. But, that was before the party. The one she doesn’t remember, but the night that changes everything. When her story goes viral, everyone has an opinion about that night and about Emma and who was at fault. In the midst of post-traumatic stress and an all consuming depression, all Emma wants is to disappear, for everything to stop.
Glasgow, Kathleen. Girl in Pieces. 2016. 416p. Delacorte Press, $21.99 (978-1-1019-3473-9). Gr. 10-up.
Following an early release from a mental health facility, Charlie attempts to reclaim her identity beyond that of the scarred, traumatized girl everyone around her sees. But when she enters into a relationship with an older co-worker, his addictions threaten to bring out her own self-destructive impulses.
Heppermann, Christine. Ask Me How I Got Here. 2016. 240p. Greenwillow/HarperCollins, $17.99 (978-0-0623-8795-0). Gr. 9-12.
When star runner and Immaculate Heart Academy sophomore Addie Solokowski discovers that she’s pregnant, she choses to have an abortion. Afterwards, Addie turns to poetry to process her increasingly complex relationships with her body, sexuality, and religion.
Berne, Emma Carlson. What a Kick: How a Clutch World Cup Win Propelled Women’s Soccer. 2016. 64p. Capstone, $25.49 (978-0-7565-5293-0). Gr. 4-7.
Twenty-seven years after Title IX, the United States women’s soccer team won the 1999 World Cup and propelled the team and women’s soccer into the spotlight. The victory was more than winning a global title, it was a win for women in sports.