Fourteen and Up, 2011 List
Poems about three very different women born in 1867 who defied the rules of their time—Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madame C. J. Walker, and Marie Curie—explore their special and sometimes difficult relationships with their daughters—Rose Wilder Lane, A’Lelia Walker, and Irène Joliot-Curie.
In a harsh dystopia, Nailer receives an unexpected chance for adventure when he gambles his life to rescue a shipwrecked girl. Believable characters inhabit an intriguing world of superstition, violence, and risk.
Scarlett's older sister returns home full of surprises including that she is married and pregnant. Lyrical writing develops main and secondary characters in this view of a non-traditional family.
Gemma’s letter to her handsome kidnapper, Ty, relates her feelings after being abducted from the Bangkok airport, her surprise that he has stalked her since childhood, and her growing acceptance of him and the harsh Australian outback where he has imprisoned her.
The Society plans and monitors everything from Cassia’s sleep, food choices, and exercise to her marriage. Relieved at first to be matched to lifelong friend Xander, she begins to question her lack of choice when she sees Ky’s handsome, disturbing face.
The alternate viewpoints of Charlie and Rose present different perspectives of one summer in an Australian country town. Rose desperately plans her escape to the city while Charlie longs for new friends and music to assuage her grief after the deaths of her mother and grandmother.
Donnelly interweaves the mesmerizing stories of two girls, one a contemporary musician mourning the death of her younger brother and the other a companion to Louis-Charles, son of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, before the French Revolution.
Based on a diary of Swedish feminist Fredrika Bremer, this verse novel movingly portrays the plight of three women from diverse backgrounds struggling to find freedom in the midst of Cuban oppression in 1851.