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Barakat, Ibtisam. Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine. 2016. 240p. Margaret Ferguson/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $17.99 (978-0-374-30251-1). Gr. 8-up.
Set against the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the poet Ibtisam Barakat tells her story of defying traditional roles of women in her culture in order to finish her education and avoid marriage while helping her own mother obtain an education.
Cordell, M.R. Courageous Women of the Civil War: Soldiers, Spies, Medics, and More. 256p. Chicago Review Press, $19.99 (978-1-6137-3200-7). Gr. 7-up.
Profiles of 16 women who defied traditional roles in order to contribute to and survive the Civil War. These brave women served as medics, spies, battlefield helpers, and even soldiers on the front lines.
Harness, Cheryl. Hillary Clinton: American Woman of the World. 2016. 182p. Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, $17.99 (978-1-4814-6057-6). Gr. 6-up.
Glass-breaking and history-making, Hillary Rodham Clinton has spent her life championing the rights of women, children, and the disenfranchised. This biography shares her journey to the White House thus far, in all its complexity both personally and professionally.
Noyce, Pendred E. Remarkable Minds: 17 More Pioneering Women in Science and Medicine. 2015. 183p. Tumblehome Learning, $18.95 (978-0-9907-8290-2), Gr. 7-up.
For centuries, women have dared to move beyond their traditional roles to pursue new understandings of the natural world. This book introduces 17 of those women, spanning four centuries and chronicles their contributions to natural science and medicine.
Monson, Marianne. Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women. 2016. 208p. Shadow Mountain, $19.99 (978-1-6297-2227-6). Gr. 9-up.
The exciting, dangerous stories (many untold) of 12 pioneer women who overcame obstacles, broke barriers, and changed the world in ways great and small.
Cohagan, Carolyn. Time Zero. 407p. She Writes Press, $12.95 (978-1-6315-2072-3). Gr. 9-up.
In a future Manhattan ruled by extremists, Mina is secretly taught to read by her grandmother. Mina’s education leads her down a path of rebellion that could get her killed.