Feminist reads for teens

The Boneless Mercies

The Boneless Mercies

April Genevieve Tucholke

An epic YA fantasy set in a breathtaking new world, this is perfect for fans of V.E.Schwab, Leigh Bardugo, Laini Taylor and Melinda Salisbury.     

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 Read reviewLove Your Body

Love Your Body

Jessica Sanders

What if every young girl loved her body? Freedom is loving your body with all its imperfections and being the perfectly imperfect you!

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 Read reviewPiglettes

Piglettes

Clementine Beauvais

A wickedly funny and life-affirming coming-of-age roadtrip story - winner of France's biggest prize for teen and YA fiction.

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I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope

I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope

Chessy Prout, Jenn Abelson

A young survivor tells her searing, visceral story of sexual assault, justice, and healing in this gutwrenching memoir.

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 Read reviewCatching Teller Crow

Catching Teller Crow

Ambelin Kwaymullina, Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Winner of the Prize for Young Adult Writing at the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary AwardsNothing's been the same for Beth Teller since she died. Her dad, a detective, is the only one...

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 Read reviewMoxie

Moxie

Jennifer Mathieu

When an unlikely teenager stands up to sexism in her high school she unwittingly starts a feminist revolution that shakes her whole town. It's time to fight like a girl! Perfect for fans of Holly Bourne.

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We Should All Be Feminists

We Should All Be Feminists

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A personal and powerful essay from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the bestselling author of 'Americanah' and 'Half of a Yellow Sun', based on her 2013 TEDx Talk of the same name.

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 Read reviewAmelia Westlake

Amelia Westlake

Erin Gough

Winner of the Ethel Turner Prize for Young Adult's Literature at the 2019 NSW Premier's Literary AwardsWinner of the Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2018From Ampersand Prize-winning author...

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Dumplin'

Dumplin'

Julie Murphy

Sixteen-year-old Willowdean wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl, so, while grappling with her feelings for a co-worker who is clearly attracted to her, Will and some other...

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 Read reviewWe Are Okay

We Are Okay

Nina LaCour

After leaving her life behind to go to college in New York, Marin must face the truth about the tragedy that happened in the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel comes to visit.

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 Read reviewThe Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

Mackenzi Lee

Sequel to: The gentleman's guide to vice and virtue

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Say Hello

Say Hello

Carly Findlay

A forthright, honest and rousingly triumphant memoir from a woman who has to live with a highly visible different appearancedue to a rare skin condition. Say hello to Carly.

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American Street

American Street

Ibi Zoboi

A National Book Award finalist, this gritty and moving love story set in Detroit by a standout debut talent, herself a Haitian immigrant, addresses such important current issues as immigration, race, and class.

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Shout

Shout

Laurie Halse Anderson

A personal story of the lifelong impact of rape and a call to action in the age of #MeToo and #TimesUp

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The Nowhere Girls

The Nowhere Girls

Amy Reed

Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely...

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I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick

Written by Malala for her peers, this is the story of the girl behind the Nobel Prize-winning icon.

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A Very Large Expanse of Sea

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

Tahereh Mafi

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Shatter Me series comes a powerful, heartrending contemporary YA novel about fear, first love, and the devastating impact of prejudice.

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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give is a groundbreaking, thought-provoking debut novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, about a teen girl who is the only witness to her friends fatal shooting by a police officer.    

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Sadie

Sadie

Courtney Summers

A missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial-like podcast following the clues she's left behind.

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Sister Heart

Sister Heart

Sally Morgan

A young Aboriginal girl is taken from the north of Australia and sent to an institution in the distant south. There, she slowly makes a new life for herself and, in the face of tragedy, finds strength in new friendships.

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Clean

Clean

Juno Dawson

A razor-sharp, adrenaline rush of a novel from award-winning author Juno Dawson, Clean is Gossip Girl meets Girl, Interrupted  

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The Poet X

The Poet X

Elizabeth Acevedo

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

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 Read reviewTake Three Girls

Take Three Girls

Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell, Fiona Wood

Rumour is the new truth: feminism, identity and belonging are explored in a spectacular collaboration between three award-winning YA authors.

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Burn Baby Burn

Burn Baby Burn

Meg Medina

While violence runs rampant throughout New York during the summer of 1977, a teenage girl faces danger within her own home in Medina's riveting coming-of-age novel.

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Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean

Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar, Anita Roy

A collection of sci-fi and fantasy writing, including six graphic stories, showcasing twenty stellar writers and artists from India and Australia: Isobelle Carmody, Kate Constable, Penni Russon, Margo Lanagan, Mandy Ord, to...

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House of Dreams: The Life of L. M. Montgomery

House of Dreams: The Life of L. M. Montgomery

Liz Rosenberg, Julie Morstad

This affecting biography of the author of Anne of Green Gables is the first for young readers to include revelations about her last days and to encompass the complexity of a brilliant and sometimes troubled life. Illustrations.

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Let Her Fly: A Father's Journey and the Fight for Equality

Let Her Fly: A Father’s Journey and the Fight for Equality

Ziauddin Yousafzai, Louise Carpenter

Malala's father's passionate account of his amazing journey, the values that inspired Malala and how love drove him to fight for the rights of girls and women everywhere.

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 Read reviewBig Bones

Big Bones

Laura Dockrill

The heartwarming new novel from the sparkling Laura Dockrill, introducing Bluebelle, and her moving, hilarious take on food, body image and how we look after ourselves and others. It's a food diary.

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Hive

A. J. Betts

A compelling and immersive alternate-world story from the award-winning and bestselling author of Zac & Mia.

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Fight Like a Girl

Fight Like a Girl

Clementine Ford

Personal and fearless - a call to arms for feminists new, old and as yet unrealised by one of our most outspoken feminist writers. 

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 Read reviewThe Moonlight Dreamers

The Moonlight Dreamers

Siobhan Curham

An unforgettable story of friendship, self-belief and love. Amber, Maali, Sky and Rose are not like everyone else and they don't want to be. Becoming friends gives them the courage to be themselves.

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The Lie Tree

The Lie Tree

Frances Hardinge

Another deliciously creepy novel from Frances Hardinge, the award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly By Night.

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Girls on the Line

Girls on the Line

Jennie Liu

Told in two voices, Luli and Yun, raised in an orphanage to age sixteen, work together in a factory until Yun, pregnant, disappears and Luli must confront the dangers of the outside world to find her. Includes facts about China's...

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Wildlife

Fiona Wood

Boarding for a term in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sibylla expects the gruesome outdoor education program - but friendship complications, and love that goes wrong? They're extra-curricula.

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Stone Girl

Stone Girl

Eleni Hale

Shortlisted for the Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2019A heartbreaking novel of raw survival and hope, and the children society likes to forget. A stunning and unforgettable debut YA.An...

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Piecing Me Together

Piecing Me Together

Renee Watson

Acclaimed author Renee Watson offers a powerful story about a girl striving for success in a world that too often seems like it's trying to break her.

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Amal Unbound

Amal Unbound

Aisha Saeed

Aisha Saeed's middle-grade debut tells the compelling story of a girl's fight to regain her life and dreams after being forced into indentured servitude.

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The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She has only one function- to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state...

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The Disreputable History Of Frankie Landau-Banks

The Disreputable History Of Frankie Landau-Banks

E.L. Lockhart

A witty teen novel filled with pranks, rebellion and gender politics from the international best-selling author of We Were Liars.

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Under a Painted Sky

Under a Painted Sky

Stacey Lee

Includes an excerpt from the author's book Outrun the Moon.

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Sea Hearts

Sea Hearts

Margo Lanagan

A mesmerising selkie novel from multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed Australian author, Margo Lanagan - one of the most exciting voices in speculative fiction.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou, Dr., Oprah Winfrey

Superbly told, with the poet's gift for language and observation, Angelou's autobiography of her childhood in racially charged Arkansas in the 1930s brings to vivid life a world which most Americans had no idea existed.

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