From an impressive sisterhood of YA writers comes an edge-of-your-seat anthology of historical fiction and fantasy featuring a diverse array of daring heroines. Criss-cross Americaâ€”on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trainsâ€”from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today's most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They're making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell. With stories by: J. Anderson Coats Andrea Cremer Y. S. Lee Katherine Longshore Marie Lu Kekla Magoon Marissa Meyer Saundra Mitchell Beth Revis Caroline Richmond Lindsay Smith Jessica Spotswood Robin Talley Leslye Walton Elizabeth Wein
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School Library Journal Reviews
Gr 9 Up—These 15 short works of historical fiction, including some historical fantasy, are set in time periods from before the states were united (1710) to 1968 Chicago. All of the stories feature young women (most are mid-to-older teens) who refuse to be ruled by their society's traditional female roles. The book includes heroines from diverse backgrounds. They masquerade as men, meet ghosts and legends, run saloons, and ride the rails during the Depression. Listeners will recognize many of the authors, including Marie Lu and Kekla Magoon. Occasional four-letter words and mature moments make this most suitable for mid-teens and up. Narrator Bahni Turpin finds fresh voices for each character, such as a woman standing up for herself after a man takes advantage, a New Orleans girl nervously consulting a fortune-teller, and a protestor shouting "PEACE NOW!" while gingerly examining the romantic feelings she has for women. VERDICT Not all stories will captivate all listeners, but Spotswood has assembled a diverse assortment of nonstereotypical gals, with selections to please most listeners. Suitable for high school libraries. ["A must-buy. This collection will be sure to spark an interest in anyone who wants to indulge in strong and introspective young women living in a variety of historical time periods": SLJ 4/16 starred review of the Candlewick book.]—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX
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