McAnulty, Stacy. Beautiful. Illus. By Joanne Lew-Vriethoff. 2016. Unpaged. Hachette/Running Press, $16.95 (9780762457816). PreS.
Beauty is not about looks, but about being empowered, strong, silly, smart, brave, dirty, and the myriad other things girls can be.
Jones, Emma. Girls Play Rugby: Girls Join the Team. 2017. 24p. Rosen/PowerKids Press, $8.95 (9781499421057). Gr. 3-6.
An empowering and inspiring girl’s guide to the tough sport of rugby including history, rules, and famous female players.
Castellucci, Cecil. Soupy Leaves Home. Illus. By Jose Pimienta. 2017. 208p. Dark Horse Books, $14.99 (9781616554316). Gr. 7-up.
Pearl runs away from her abusive father and disguises herself as a boy during the Depression. Ramshackle the hobo takes her under his wing and together they ride the rails and wrestle their inner demons.
Calkhoven, Laurie. Women Who Launched the Computer Age (You Should Meet.) Illus. By Alyssa Petersen. 2016. 48p. Simon & Schuster/Simon Spotlight, $16.99 (9781481470469). Gr. 2-4.
The previously erased history of six women who programmed the first all-electronic computer, ENIAC, during World War II without the aid of existing computer tools or programming languages.
Lawlor, Laurie. Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World. 58p. Holiday House, $17.95 (9780823436750). Gr. 4-7.
Biographies of six women who overcame myriad prejudices to become practicing scientists using their genius, ambition, and passion to change the world for the better.
Reinhardt, Liz. Rebels Like Us. 2017. 496p. Harlequin Teen, $18.99 (9780373212200). Gr. 9-up.
When Nes moves from Brooklyn to Georgia, her world is turned upside down by Doyle Rahn and the town’s segregated proms. As they plan an alternative prom, Nes and Doyle deal with race, gender, and family issues.
Wilde, Jen. Queens of Geek. 2017. 288p. Swoon Books/Macmillian, $10.99 (9781250111395). Gr. 8-up.
Best friends Charlie and Taylor battle the double standards and sexism in fandom and Hollywood at SupaCon. Rising star Charlie struggles with expectations of fans and studios while Taylor navigates life, love, and fandom through the lens of Asperger’s.