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The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls by [Jessica Spotswood, Marieke Nijkamp, Meg Medina, Erin Bowman, Stacey Lee, Mackenzi Lee, Dhonielle Clayton, Dahlia Adler, Anna-Marie McLemore, Sara Farizan, Sarvenaz Taghavian, Megan Shepherd]

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These are tales across time and cultures, offering diverse women as witnesses to historical times. Contributor Dhonielle Clayton sums up the necessity of such an anthology when she writes, "There are few stories about what nonwhite people endured [during World War II], and I wanted to explore that." A needed collection to broaden understanding of the many different faces of history.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Twelve stories from acclaimed YA authors focus on women who, one way or another, have radical, groundbreaking experiences...Short story collections can be uneven, but this one has an admirable goal, and there is plenty to love.
--Booklist

Each story has an unique voice and tone, appealing to a variety of readers...This collection is extremely informative, intersectional, and inspirational, and will be sure to spark dialogue. Recommended for all young adult collections.
--School Library Journal

Anna-Marie McLemore, Meg Medina, Dahlia Adler, Dhonielle Clayton, Sarvenaz Tash, Sara Farizan, Marieke Nijkamp, Erin Bowman, Stacey Lee, and Mackenzi Lee each tell a story of young female resistance and revolution in history. It's super timely and empowering, this is one you'll want to carry around in your tote bag.
--Bustle (blog)

Perhaps this intriguing collection will encourage girls to embrace their best selves and to engage in radical actions of their own.
--Literacy Daily

The 12 stories, set in the U.S., run chronologically from 1838 Savannah to 1984 Boston and spotlight girls from a range of ethnic and social backgrounds.
--Shelf Awareness for Readers

With a focus on empowering girls and women to stand up for themselves and what is right, this title is definitely a needed entry in every collection.
--School Library Connection

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Jessica Spotswood is the editor of A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls and the author of several books for young adults. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she works as a children's library associate for the D.C. Public Library. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07B49CCK6
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Candlewick Press (13 March 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1917 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 319 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0763694258
  • Customer Reviews:
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Jessica Spotswood is the author of the historical fantasy trilogy The Cahill Witch Chronicles and the contemporary novels Wild Swans and The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls. She is the editor of the anthologies A Tyranny of Petticoats and The Radical Element and co-editor of Toil & Trouble. Her most recent novel is Great or Nothing, a World War II-era retelling of Little Women with each March sister's point of view written by a different author. Jess lives in Washington, DC, where she works for the DC Public Library.

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