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Rad Girls Can Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women
2018
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You might know the stories of Malala Yousafzai, Anne Frank, Jazz Jennings, and Joan of Arc, but have you heard about Yusra Mardini, a Syrian refugee who swam a sinking boat to shore, saved twenty lives, then went on to compete as an Olympic swimmer; or Trisha Prabhu, who invented an anti-cyberbullying app at age 13; or Mary Beth Tinker, who wore an armband to school to protest the Vietnam War, which led the Supreme Court to uphold free speech rights for students? In Rad Girls Can , you'll learn about a diverse group of girls who are living rad lives, whether excelling in male-dominated sports like boxing, rock climbing, or skateboarding; speaking out against injustice and discrimination; expressing themselves through dance, writing, and music; or advocating for girls around the world. Each profile is paired with the dynamic paper-cut art that made the authors' first two books New York Times best sellers. If you're looking for ways to inspire the next generation of kids, make Rad Girls Can your new bedtime reader.
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Gr 5 Up-The author/illustrator pair of Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide present a new book featuring 50 women and girls who, before the age of 20, made an impact on the world. In an informal writing style, Schatz describes each young woman in one to three pages. The subjects are diverse in race, nationality, and ability, as well as purpose-they are athletes, activists, artists, and more. The title includes such historical figures as Anne Frank, along with contemporary individuals. The latter will be the most meaningful to readers, as they may relate more to their struggles and triumphs, such as the Radical Monarchs, an activist scout troop, and Yusra Mardini, a Syrian refugee and Olympic swimmer. Stahl's cut-paper illustrations are outstanding, showcasing her talent in creating portraitlike depictions on nearly every page. Though the content is impressive, its organization is somewhat lacking. Unlike the previous two titles, the stories do not follow a consistent layout, and they appear in random order. The back matter includes suggestions for readers on how to become a changemaker and short descriptions of additional "rad girls," though there's no formal bibliography. VERDICT Amid the plethora of collective biographies available, this one stands out for its focus on young women. Despite minor organizational flaws, it is a worthy addition to public and school -libraries.-Clara Hendricks, Cambridge Public Library, MA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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