October 10, 2012

International Day of the Girl: BookList 4

Salute, applaud and stand up for girls with LitWorld's Stand Up for Girls campaign.
Let us stand together to champion the right of all girls to be Fierce, Fearless and Free.
on October 3, 2012. 

In aid of the United Nation's International Day of the Girl, October 11, support the goal of literacy for girls world-wide with these non-fiction titles that advocates for girls to be...
   Fierce       Fearless      Free   

Bite of the Mango
by Mariatu Kamara with Susan McLelland
Annick Press
216 pp.
Ages 14+
This is the true story of Mariatu Kamara of civil war-torn Sierra Leone whose village is attacked by boy-rebel soldiers and who has both her hands cut off. 

Canadian Girls Who Rocked the World
by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Illustrated by Tom Bagley
Walrus/Whitecap Books
120 pp.
Ages 9-12
Thirty-four women in various fields are showcased for their amazing accomplishments.

Factory Girl
by Barbara Greenwood
Kids Can Press
136 pp.
Ages 9-14
A fictionalized story of twelve-year-old Emily, interwoven with historical accounts, of work in a factory at the early 20th century.

Fearless Female Journalists
by Joy Crysdale
Second Story Press
118 pp.
Ages 9-13
Ten female journalists, including Canadians, defied racism, sexism, personal illness and other obstacles to ensure they got the story.

Hana's Suitcase Anniversary Album
by Karen Levine
Second Story Press
176 pp.
Ages 9-13
Fumiko Ishioka, director of the Tokyo Holocaust Education Centre, discovers an old suitcase and unravels the poignant story of Czechoslovakian-born Jew, Hana Brady, during the Holocaust. 

Nerves Out Loud: Critical Moments in the Lives of Seven Teen Girls
Edited by Susan Musgrave
Annick Press
112 pp.
Ages 14+
Seven authors, including the editor, share details of personal events that shaped their lives.

No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure
by Susan Hughes and Willow Dawson
Kids Can Press
80 pp.
Ages 9-12
The stories of seven females who disguised themselves as males in order to circumvent gender-based prejudice.

Scribbling Women: True Tales from Astonishing Lives
by Marthe Jocelyn
Tundra Books
208 pp.
Ages 10-13
--> A collection of literary biographies from across time, revealing cultures, stories, histories, and tragedies.

Shannen and the Dream for a School
by Janet Wilson
Second Story Press
206 pp.
Ages 8+
Thirteen-year-old Shannen Koostachin fought to rid her Cree community in Attawapiskat of its contaminated, temporary school and have a new one built. 
A Stranger at Home: A True Story
by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Illustrated by Liz Amini-Holmes
Annick Press
120 pp.
Ages 8-13
Margaret Pokiak returns to her Inuit community after two years at residential school and finds herself feeling like an outsider.

   Help girls be   
    Fierce       Fearless      Free    

Three previous lists for International Day of the Girl can be accessed here:
Picture Books
Fiction (middle grade novels)
Young Adult fiction 

1 comment:

  1. This comment came through from Cathy Ostlere, author of Karma (Razorbill/Penguin Canada, 2012), another YA book I should have had on my list!

    Helen, I was trying to post on Can Lit but it wouldn't work so here is my comment! Thank you for posting this fantastic list of strong girl characters -- my reading list just grew! You are definitely standing up for International Day of the Girl.