Youngdahl, Shana. As Many Nows as I Can Get. 2019. 432p. Dial Books, $17.99 (9780525553854). Gr. 9 and up.
Reflecting back and forth between the present and the past, Scarlett recounts the emotional challenges of her first year of college, recovering from intense relationships and discovering new ones.
Hale, Shannon. Best Friends. Illustrated by LeUyen Pham. 2019. 256p. First Second, $21.00 (9781250317452). Gr. 4-8.
Hale’s graphic memoir reflects on 6th grade as a time of questioning what friendship is, gaining confidence in her abilities, and pushing back against societal limits on girls and women.
Menon, Sandhya. There’s Something About Sweetie. 2019. 378p. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, hardback, $18.99 (9781534416789). Gr. 7-up.
Tired of being told being fat means she’s lacking, Sweetie begins to gain and display more confidence, including dating a handsome boy her mother says is out of her league.
Gill, Joel Christian. Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride. 2019. 40p. Lion Forge, $17.99 (978154930314). Gr. PreS.
This picture book introduces children to groundbreaking Black motorcyclist Bessie Stringfield, imagining her first ride on a bicycle despite taunts from a group of nay-saying neighbor boys.
Kadarusman, Michelle. Girl of the Southern Sea. 2019. 224p. Pajama Press, $17.95 (9781772780819). Gr. 5-8.
With her alcoholic father unable to run the family food cart, 14-year old Nia takes on home and money-making duties while saving money for her education.
Arnold, Elana K. Damsel. 2018. 256p. Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (9780062742322). Gr. 9-12.
Ama wakes up with no memories in the arms of a prince who informs her he just rescued her from a dragon and she is now his future queen.
Anderson, M.T., et al. Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All. 2018. 416p. Schwartz & Wade, $18.99 (9781524716196). Gr. 9 and up.
In this fictionalized account of the marriages of one of England’s most notorious kings, a series of well-known writers share stories from the perspectives of each wife about the choices they made and the social restrictions placed upon them.