10 years of classic YA-nonfiction books to inspire young feminists.

For 16 years, the feminist-task-force of the ALA has been publishing the Amelia Bloomer list to discover and promote feminist literature from birth to age 18. This is the final selection of titles from 2002-2011.
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Novels)
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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Novels)

by Marjane Satrapi

About the book:  A New York Times Notable BookA Time Magazine “Best Comix of the Year”A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-sellerWise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white...


Notes:  Final selection in the 2004 Amelia Bloomer list.

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Alice Walker: A Life
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Alice Walker: A Life

by Evelyn C. White

About the book:  "The rich, complex story White tells . . . is never less than fascinating." ―New York Times Book Review Alice Walker's life is remarkable not only because she was the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in fiction (the book that won her that award, The Color Purple, has been translated into nearly thirty languages and made into an Academy Award–nominated film), but also because these accomplishments are merely highlights of a luminous and varied career made from inauspicious beginnings in rural Georgia. Drawing on extensive interviews and exhaustive research, Evelyn C. White brings this life to light. 16 pages of illustrations


Notes:  Final selection in the 2006 Amelia Bloomer list as YA non-fiction.

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Infidel
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Infidel

by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

About the book:  The brutal murder of the Dutch film-maker Theo van Gogh in 2004 shocked the world. Shot and mutilated by a Muslim fanatic as he cycled to work, it was a stark reminder of the dangers of challenging an extreme Islamic worldview. It also changed the life of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, van Gogh's collaborator on the film that had offended his murderer. Born in Somalia and raised a Muslim, she had escaped an arranged marriage and made a new life as a Dutch parliamentarian, championing the reform of Islam and its attitude to women's rights. She now has twenty-four-hour police protection, but refuses to let that inhibit her willingness to speak out. THE INFIDEL is Ayaan Hirsi Ali's astonishing story. Recounting the extraordinary transition from a third-world upbringing to her current status as one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, it is a truly remarkable autobiography that is as gripping as it is inspiring.


Notes:  Final selection in the 2008 Amelia Bloomer list for YA feminist literature non-fiction.

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Yentl's Revenge
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Yentl's Revenge

by Danya Ruttenberg

About the book:  Thanks in large part to the struggles of their activist foremothers, today’s young Jewish women have a dizzying array of spiritual options. Yentl’s Revenge chronicles a range of experiences lived by an entire generation of women, from Judeo-pagan witches to young Orthodox mothers, from rabbis to sex educators. Contributors ponder Jewish transgenderdom, Jewish body image, Jewish punk, the stereotype of the Jewish American Princess, intermarriage, circumcision, faith, and intolerance. Essays include “Bubbe Got Back: Tales of a Jewish Caboose” by Ophira Edut, and “On Being a Jewish Feminist Valley Girl” by Tobin Belzer.


Notes:  Final selection in 2002 Amelia Bloomer list.

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Learning to Swim
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Learning to Swim

by Ann Turner

About the book:  A series of poems convey the feelings of a young girl whose sense of joy and security at the family's summer house is shattered when an older boy who lives nearby sexually abuses her.


Notes:  Final selection in 2002 Amelia Bloomer list.

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Things I Have to Tell You
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Things I Have to Tell You

by Betsy Franco

About the book:  Teenage girls tell their own stories—in compelling poetry and prose paired with 42 striking black-and-white photographs.The voices in this collection have so much to question, so much to grieve. They have so much to celebrate, so much to rage against. They’re ready to speak up and begin the conversation — with you and with the world. More than thirty uncensored poems are accompanied by Nina Nickles’s masterful photographs, which sensitively capture the moods and essence of adolescence. Here, painted in the words of teenage girls, is a portrait of their dreams and desires - a record of hope, disillusionment, anger, joy, sadness, and most of all, strength.


Notes:  Final selection in 2002 Amelia Bloomer list.

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In Real Life
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In Real Life

by Leslie Sills

About the book:  The lives and works of Imogene Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Carrie Mae Weems, Elsa Dorfman and Cindy Sherman.


Notes:  Final selection in 2002 Amelia Bloomer list.

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Women with Wings
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Women with Wings

by Jacqueline A. Kolosov,Jacqueline McLean

About the book:  Describes the lives and accomplishments of six famous women aviators: Harriet Quimby, Bessie Coleman, Amelia Earhart, Beryl Markham, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and Jacqueline Cochran.


Notes:  Final selection in 2002 Amelia Bloomer list.

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A History of Basketball for Girls and Women
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A History of Basketball for Girls and Women

by Joanne Lannin

About the book:  Book by Lannin, Joanne


Notes:  Final selection in 2002 Amelia Bloomer list.

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Nobody Particular
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Nobody Particular

by Molly Bang

About the book:  Describes a female shrimper's attempt to stop a large chemical company from polluting a bay in East Texas.


Notes:  Final selection in 2002 Amelia Bloomer list.

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