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Claiming the F-Word in Turbulent Times
Nonfiction Ages 12+
Pages: 176
Themes: feminism, inequality, activism, relationships, justice, #metoo, consent, misogyny, #TimesUp
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 07/May/2019
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What is feminism? Why does it still matter? What exactly does intersectionality mean? In order to answer these (and many other) questions, I Am a Feminist first examines the history of feminism and then addresses the issues girls and women continue to face today. The book also looks at the ways in which people, especially young people, are working together to create a world where gender equality is a reality, not a dream. The author shares stories about the courageous individuals who have made a difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide. From suffragists to the #MeToo movement, I Am a Feminist encourages readers to stand up and speak out for equality and justice.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"Polak has written a book that is both approachable and interesting for young readers while providing thought-provoking statistics and examples…The book will have an intellectual appeal to many young adult readers, and it is also physically appealing."
School Library Journal
"A conversational and engaging style…The extensive back matter will please researchers…A first purchase for larger libraries."
Kirkus Reviews
"Polak's knowledgeable voice provides a simple yet comprehensive overview of key feminist issues, successfully highlighting the evolution of this social cause…This amply illustrated introduction will spark discussion among teens who wish to make a difference in their community."
School Library Connection
"In light of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, this concise but comprehensive examination of feminism from all angles will appeal to young readers. With its engaging content and attractive layout, this title is sure to spark meaningful discussion. Highly Recommended."
Quill & Quire
"A comprehensive exploration of the varied issues faced by today's girls and women…Polak speaks to her readers directly in a relaxed, relatable, conversational approach…An excellent grounding in what it means to be a feminist and a testament to the power of the movement to change things for the better."
Booklist
"This nuanced book, which explores stories of real women working hard to change the world, will help passionate teenagers navigate life."
New York Journal of Books
“[Polak's] candid ability to delve into the minds of young adults, engaging style, and conversational tone should spark further discussion without fear of reprisals...A must for all young people and teachers.”
Canadian Children's Book News, starred review
★ “Engaging and conversational...Not only fascinating and passionately written, but it would serve as an excellent tool for teachers who want to introduce feminism to their classes."

Awards

Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's & Young Adult Literature  | 2019 | Short-listed
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection  | 2019 | Commended

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