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New YA Book "Great" is a Gender-Swapped Retelling of "The Great Gatsby"

Riffing off her high school love of The Great Gatsby, comedian Sara Benincasa penned a female-focused retelling for teens. Read more »

Librarians Choose the Top 10 Feminist Books of the Year for Young Readers

Did you know the American Library Association has a Feminist Task Force? Of course they do. Each year, a group of people from this task force undertake a mission called the Amelia Bloomer Project where they name the... Read more »

Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens in the conversation below, where  Zetta Elliott (below left), a black... Read more »

41 Transgender-friendly Books for Young Kids

Let’s face it: Rainbow Magic works for some kids, but not all of them. It can be hard to find books for kids that don’t fall into annoying ... Read more »

"Girls Deserve to See Themselves as Main Characters."

When I asked Bitch readers how you find great feminist-friendly children’s literature, multiple people sung the praises of one online purveyor of books, movies, TV programs,... Read more »

Punk Rock and String Theory: An Interview with New YA Author Kari Luna

Kari Luna’s debut young adult novel, The Theory of Everything, is a bright, shiny antidote to the dystopias and vampire love stories that dominate today... Read more »

A Short List of Great Resources for Racial Diversity in Young Adult Sci-Fi

This is my last post on the Girls of Color in Dystopia guest blog series. I’ve read nearly 40 books just for this series and was disappointed (but, sadly, not surprised) to realize just how many of them have few to... Read more »

Two YA Authors Explore Life After the Bomb

  We all know (or should) about the horrific effects of the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. Authors Ellen Oh and Julianna Baggott both draw from this sickening point in history to explore even more dystopic aftermaths of post-bomb life.   Read more »

Race & Body Issues in Nalo Hopkinson's "The Chaos"

When I first picked up Nalo Hopkinson’s The Chaos last summer, I thought, “Finally! A book with a young woman of color as the protagonist!” Of course... Read more »

Send in the Clones: Two YA Novels' Treatment of Race, Gender, and Cloning

People of color are often seen as the exceptions in predominantly white societies’ mass media, like US literature. Let’s look at race and gender in two dystopic young adult scenarios in which the exceptional group is not people of color, but clones they’ve created. Read more »

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Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens... Read more »