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Nonfiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 128
Themes: activists, feminists, social justice
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 15/Apr/2013
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Ten biographies of women reformers from around the world who have made a difference in the realms of politics, social equality, disability, and women’s rights. From the work of abolitionist Sojourner Truth and women like South Africa’s anti-apartheid activist Ruth First and America’s feminist leader Gloria Steinem. Also included are Michelle Douglas, a campaigner for lesbian and gay rights, and Temple Grandin, advocate for the rights of animals and a woman who has revolutionized the way the world looks at people with autism. The collection of biographies is rounded out with the stories of France’s Olympe de Gouges, India’s Sarojini Naidu, American Joan Baez, and Canadians Leilani Muir and Shannen Koostachin.

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"Though, at times, the language and phrasing is geared toward younger readers, the descriptions of these fascinating women will appeal to our high school-aged readerss as well...A solid addition to the series."
CM Magazine
Courageous Women Rebels, like its sister books, is the perfect size to take along to the cabin for a rainy-day read or on an airplane as an alternative to in-flight movies. At a reasonable $10.95, it should find its way into many a school, public, or personal library collection. As the book’s introduction suggests, the biographies may inspire readers to set their own “shining examples of how people can make a difference. … Highly Recommended.
Feeding Change
Ten women history to current times are profiled with engaging text and facts that are ideal for accomplished readers and students looking for a challenge and to expand their thinking. Part of the amazing Women’s Hall of Fame Series, this book provides an excellent chance for readers in Grade 6 and up to see that courage to stand up to bullies takes many forms.
Norma DeNoble, ETFO Voice
This well-written book highlights the lives of 10 women activists… The message throughout the book is the same: All these women fought bravely for change, and some of them put their lives in jeopardy to pursue their goals.


American Library Association Amelia Bloomer List of Best Feminist Books  | 2014 | Short-listed
Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens  | 2013 | Commended
Bank Street College's "Best Children's Books of the Year" (Biography category)  | 2014 | Commended
Red Cedar Book Award British Columbia's Young Readers Choice Award | 2015 | Short-listed

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