Bashardoust, Melissa. Girls Made of Snow and Glass. 2017. 400p. Flatiron, $18.99 (9781250077738). Gr. 9-up.
Mina, the daughter of a feared and powerful magician, becomes Queen and stepmother to Lynet – the only daughter of King Nicholas of Whitespring, and the creation of her father’s magical abilities. Years later, the bond they have forged will be tested by expectations that have been forced upon them. Both Lynet and Mina must decide whether to destroy one another or to reshape the very world that controls them.
Watson, Renee. Piecing Me Together. 2017. 264p. Bloomsbury, $17.99 (978-1-68119-105-8). Gr. 7-up.
Instead of receiving a recommendation for the abroad program at her exclusive private school, Jade is placed in the “Woman to Woman” mentorship program for at-risk girls, where she comes to terms with the positives and negatives of both the program and her specific mentor, while also growing her art and understanding of friendship, love and family.
Schatz, Kate. Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History. Illus. by Miriam Klein Stahl. 2016. 104p. Ten Speed Press, $15.99 (978-0-399-57886-1). Gr.5-up.
Schatz follows up Rad Women A-Z with an expanded look at 40 trailblazing women from 30 different countries, from Mesopotamia to modern age.
West, Lindy. Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman. 2016. 260p. Hachette Books, $26.00 (978-0-316-34840-9). Gr.10-up.
In this series of personal essays, writer, comedian and activist West challenges cultural forces that are hostile to women, particularly plus size women, and how these forces interfere with the ability of women to survive and thrive, whether in comedy, entertainment or their day-to-day lives.
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.
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.
Smith, Amber. The Way I Used to Be. 384p. Margaret K. McElderry Books, $17.99 (978-1-481-44935-9). Gr. 9-up.
Eden, a shy high school freshman, is raped by her brother’s best friend. Scared that he will follow through on his threats, she keeps the assault secret – but the effects, emotional and physical, carry through during her four years of high school, evolving and breaking down the her relationships with her family, friends, school and community.
Biggs Waller, Sharon. The Forbidden Orchid. 2016. 416p. Viking Books for Young Readers, $18.99 (978-0-4514-7411-7). Gr.9-up.
Oldest daughter Elodie takes care of her mother and sisters while her father, a successful plant hunter, is away on business. But when her father’s life and the future of her family is at stake, she must defy societal convention and join her father in obtaining a rare species of orchid only found in the wilds of China.
Mulholland, Loki and Angela Fairwell. She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. Illus. by Charlotta Janssen. 2016. 40p. Shadow Mountain, $17.99 (978-1-62-972176-7). Gr.K-up.
Joan Trumpauer Mulholland believed in the equality of all people – and fought to uphold and protect that equality with her participation as a Freedom Rider in many of the actions of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, including the integration of Tougaloo College, the lunch counter sit-ins in Mississippi, and the March on Washington in 1963.
Umminger, Alison. American Girls. 2016. 304 p. Flatiron Books, $17.99 (978-1250075000). Gr. 9-up.
While staying with her actress sister in LA and researching the Manson girls for a film project, fifteen-year-old Anna dissects the nature of fame, family and what it means to be young, female and powerless in a culture obsessed with surface realities.