Your YA Reading List for Women’s History Month 2022

In honor of Women’s History Month, we are highlighting some recent and upcoming YA books that celebrate the diversity of the female experience. From YA historical fiction that honors past generations of strong women and their fight to escape society’s restrictions to contemporary YA that depicts modern women standing up against misogyny and discrimination, these titles will remind you that every woman has a unique story to tell, and that all these stories need to be shared and amplified.

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Beyond the Mapped Stars

Beyond the Mapped Stars

By Rosalyn Eves

In the late nineteenth-century American West, Elizabeth tries to reconcile her dreams of being an astronomer with her conservative community’s expectation that she focus only on marriage and motherhood.

Great or Nothing

Great or Nothing

By Joy McCullough, Caroline Tung Richmond, Tess Sharpe, Jessica Spotswood

This YA reimagining of Little Women takes places in 1942 as America is reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor and the March family has suffered a heartbreaking loss. Great or Nothing was written by four YA authors, each of whom crafts the narrative of one March sister. This book will delight longtime Little Women fans, introduce a new generation of readers to this beloved family, and celebrate sisterhood and self-discovery.

Does My Body Offend You?

Does My Body Offend You?

By Mayra Cuevas, Marie Marquardt

Malena and her family fled Puerto Rico for Florida after Hurricane Maria. Ruby, a student at Malena’s new school, is a feminist rebel looking for a cause. When Ruby notices that Malena is being singled out for breaking the dress code, she wants to help. Together, these young women will have to negotiate their shared activism, their cultural differences, and their friendship.

The Gilded Ones #2: The Merciless Ones

The Gilded Ones #2: The Merciless Ones

By Namina Forna

Coming 05.31.22

It’s been six months since Deka has freed the goddesses and discovered who she really is. There are now wars waging across the kingdom. Oterans now think jatu are traitors to the nation. Deka is called a monster. But the real battle has only just begun and Deka must lead the charge. Deka is tasked with freeing the rest of the goddesses. Only as she begins to free them, she begins to see a strange symbol everywhere in places of worship and worn on armor. There’s something unnatural about that symbol; just looking at it makes Deka lose her senses. Even worse, it seems to repel her powers. She can’t command or communicate with the new deathshrieks. In fact, she can’t even understand them when they speak.

Off the Record

Off the Record

By Camryn Garrett

When Josie, a teen journalist, wins a contest to write a profile of a famous actor, she’s elated. But as she researches her piece, she begins to hear disturbing stories about sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood that she finds impossible to ignore. Josie wants to give these women a platform, but fears that doing so could end her career before it even begins.

Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman

Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman

By Kristen R. Lee

Savannah, a Black first year student at an elite university, watches her college dreams turn into a nightmare. First, she endures constant microaggressions from her classmates. Then she witnesses a shocking incident of racist vandalism on campus. Savannah decides that she has to speak out, but will her courage cost her her safety and her future?

Six Crimson Cranes

Six Crimson Cranes

By Elizabeth Lim

Shiori’anma, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted. But it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.

The Silver Blonde

The Silver Blonde

By Elizabeth Ross

After the end of World War II, Clara is working as a vault girl, shelving reels of film in a Hollywood studio. When she stumbles on the body of a movie star, she’ll have to solve a murder and come to terms with the difficulties of being a German American woman in the 1940s.

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    Mar 3, 2022

    Love these bad ass women!

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