Sher, Abby. Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls who Escaped Modern Slavery. 2014. 240 p. Barron’s Educational Series, $9.99 (978-1438004532). Gr. 8 – up.
This book chronicles the lives of three women who escaped sexual slavery and became activists in the anti-trafficking movement rather than voiceless victims. [ltp]
Whitman, Sylvia. The Milk of Birds. 2013. 384p. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $16.99 (9781442446823). Gr. 8-12.
A fourteen-year-old Sudanese refugee and an American teenager become pen pals for a year through the nonprofit organization Save the Girls. Although their circumstances are vastly different, they come to understand that “when a tree leans, it will rest on its sister.” [ltp]
Suneby, Elizabeth. Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education. Illus. by Suana Verelst. Citizen Kid, $18.95 (9781554538164). Gr. 2-5.
Razia dreams of attending the school for girls being built near her village in Afghanistan, but she must convince her father and older brother to give her permission. [ltp]
Goodman, Matthew. Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World. 2013. 450p. Ballantine, $28. (9780345527264) Gr. 9 – up.
Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland, reporters for competing papers, race in opposite directions around the world attempting to beat the fictional Phileas Fogg’s record. [ltp]
Maddison, Kate. The Incredible Charlotte Sycamore. 2013. 292p. Holiday House. $17.95 (9780923427376). Gr. 6-8.
Charlotte, the daughter of Queen Victoria’s royal surgeon, undermines her arranged marriage, secretly practices swordplay, hones her medical skills, and solves the mystery of mechanical, rabid dogs in this steampunk novel. [ltp]
Miller, Cathleen. Champion of Choice: The Life and Legacy of Women’s Advocate Nafis Sadik. 2013. 496 pgs. University of Nebraska Press, $34.95 (9780803211049), Gr. 10-up.
Nafis Sadik defied conventions as a girl growing up in Pakistan under Partition when she completed a medical degree in obstetrics and began a life-long commitment to women’s reproductive health issues on a global level. [ltp]
Dahl, Elisabeth. Genie Wishes. 2013. 288p. Amulet, $16.95 (978-1419705267). Gr. 4-6.
As blogger for her fifth grade class, Genie finds her voice and resists the boy-crazy, makeup-wearing, leg-shaving obsessions of new girl Blair and former BFF Sarah. [ltp]
Blake, Stephanie J. The Marble Queen. 2012. 192 p. Amazon Children’s, $16.99 (9780761462279). Gr. 4-6.
It’s 1959, and Freedom Jane McKenzie wants to enter the marble competition even though it’s one of the things girls just are not supposed to do. [ltp]
Mlynowski, Sarah. Whatever After: If the Shoe Fits. 2013. 174 pgs. Scholastic, $14.99 (9780545504652), Gr. 3-5.
Siblings Abby and Jonah are magically transported to Floom where they help Cinderella learn to “stand on her own two feet.” [ltp]
Cremer, Andrea. Rift. 2012. 448 p. Philomel, $18.99 (9780399256134). Gr. 7-11.
Ember was promised at birth to a secretive arm of the church that trains clerics, healers, and knights, and she has secretly practiced with a sword hoping to serve Canatus as a warrior. This is her opportunity to escape an arranged marriage and the narrow life women are expected to lead. [ltp]