The Power of a Name: A Top Ten List by Amber McMath. On the first day of school while students are reading silently around the room, I scoot around to each one and we introduce ourselves.
I left my interaction with Shouacua feeling defeated because, even after listening to her say her name several times, she said I wasn’t pronouncing it correctly. I was one of at least six adults who should make her feel safe and valued on her first day in a new place, but a mispronounced name made her feel misunderstood and out of place. Children’s and young adult literature abounds with examples of how names affect us. This top ten list is a place where readers can pull at the strings of names and identity.
How are they connected? These six brief quotes from young adult novels exhibit adolescents struggling with their names, providing for some very real text-to-self connections. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (1984) Page 10-11 Cisneros creates a lifelong friend for the reader in the character of Esperanza. Ravi Suryanarayanan. Even More: 50 Crucial Feminist YA Novels - The B&N Teen Blog — The B&N Teen Blog. Given the sheer number of feminist YA gems, compiling a list of essentials is undoubtedly a foolhardy task—and yet we simply couldn’t help ourselves!
Below you’ll find 50 of the most challenging, encouraging, and empowering feminist books YA has to offer. Some of these are modern-day classics, some are fresh off the press. Some are overtly feminist, while others are less obviously (but no less powerfully) so. Here you’ll find every genre imaginable: contemporary, memoir, magical realism, epic fantasy, historical, novels in verse, essay collections, dystopian, apocalyptic, and more.
Of course, any list of this kind is bound to be incomplete, but hopefully that will only inspire you to seek out and share even more feminist reads! The Upside of Unrequited, by Becky Albertalli Molly is an expert when it comes to crushes, and while she longs for her feelings to one day be requited, she has no desire to make any sort of move—crushing from afar is definitely more her speed. Wintersong, by S. Me-too-books-for-teens. Curious about #metoo trending on social media?
Pick up one of these books on display outside the Teen Room Young Adult Nonfiction UnSlut: A Diary and a Memoir – Emily Lindin Asking for It: The Rise of Rape Culture and What We Can Do About It – Kate Harding Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World – Kelly Jensen Helping a Friend in an Abusive Relationship – Martin Gitlin Sexual Assault – Olivia Ghafoerkhan Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur Young Adult Fiction Saints and Misfits – S.K. Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson 13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher Some Boys – Patty Blount The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky Pointe – Brandy Colbert.
Social Justice Book List 1. Adult Books 4 Teens — @AngeReads and @droogmark A School Library Journal Blog. 34 Young Adult Books Every Feminist Will Love. Racism / Prejudice / Identity - Connected Reads.