"To respect yourself, to love yourself—should not have to

"To respect yourself, to love yourself—should not have to

3/14/2021, 5:01:42 PM
"To respect yourself, to love yourself—should not have to be a radical decision. And yet it remains as challenging for an American girl to make today as it was in 1927 on the steps of the Supreme Court. It's a decision that must be faced whether you're balancing on the tightrope of neurodivergence, finding your way as a second-generation immigrant, or facing down American racism even while loving America. And it's the only decision when you've weighed society's expectations and found them wanting. In The Radical Element, twelve of the most talented writers working in young adult literature today tell the stories of the girls of all colors and creeds standing up for themselves and their beliefs—whether that means secretly learning Hebrew in early Savannah, using the family magic to pass as white in 1920s Hollywood, or singing in a feminist punk band in 1980s Boston. And they're asking you to join them.” . With a synopsis/blurb like that for “The Radical Element” I felt like it should come first instead of last on today’s caption. A couple of years ago I read and enjoyed “A Tyranny of Petticoats” and this anthology follows in the same vein, featuring a sisterhood of YA writers with stories on revolution and resistance. . Contributors include: Dahlia Adler, Mackenzi Lee, Erin Bowman, Megan Shepherd, Jessica Spotswood, Anna-Marie McLemore, Marieke Nijkamp, Dhonielle Clayton, Sarvenaz Tash, Stacey Lee, Meg Medina, and Sara Farizan. There are a few names in here that are new to me, but also some authors that I consider favorites as well (especially Erin Bowman and Stacey Lee) I’m not usually a short story reader, although I don’t dislike them at all, but these are the kinds of stories that I like having on my shelves, not only for myself, but for all the kids who borrow books from me and for my daughter to run into in the future. . I thought that it would be awesome to mention your favorite Radical women. These can be fictional or real. #theradicalelement #jessicaspotswood #staceylee #dhonielleclayton #erinbowman

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