Nomination: Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls who Escaped Modern Slavery





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]

Nomination: the Milk of Birds





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]

Nomination: The Incredible Charlotte Sycamore





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]


Nomination: Champion of Choice: The Life and Legacy of Women’s Advocate Nafis Sadik







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]

Nomination: Rift

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]