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Rad girls can : stories of bold, brave, and brilliant young women
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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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  School Library Journal Review

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.

  Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Following an introduction, Schatz and Stahl present 49 girls (50, once the reader creates their own profile at the end) who, before the age of 20, made positive impacts on the world. Whether taking action that led to legislative change (Mary Beth Tinker, Madison Kimrey), sharing a talent and breaking through norms (Misty Copeland, Lorde), or spearheading resistance (Joan of Arc, the Podgórski Sisters), the women in these profiles show that no one is too young or too ordinary to effect change. The authors acknowledge and thank the boys and young men who have been allies, but unapologetically keep their focus on girls, both cis and trans. There are plenty of familiar names here Anne Frank, Malala Yousafzai, Ruby Bridges as well as girls who are less recognized, either because history has overlooked them or because they are active right now. The list is diverse and global, predominantly focused on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. An ending Research and Resources guide describes how the authors prepared for writing the book and lists some of their favorite sources, as well as links to current information about girls active right now. And if 50 girls isn't enough, there are several pages of More Rad Girls to further inspire.--Kara Dean Copyright 2018 Booklist
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