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Amina's Voice by  Hena Khan
A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family's vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school. After her local mosque if vandalized, she is devastated. Her friend Soojin is talking about changing her name. Does Amina need to become more American and hide who she really is?
Becoming Kid Quixote : A True Story of Belonging in America by  Sarah Sierra
A young readers' companion to the adult novel Kid Quixotes by Stephen Haff. Narrated by one extraordinary ten-year-old girl, this inspiring memoir tells the story of a daughter of Mexican American immigrants who finds her voice through the power of words and performance of Cervantes' Don Quixote. When a shy girl named Sarah Sierra first joins an after-school program in her neighborhood, she never expects to travel back in time and discover the words of Miguel de Cervantes. But at Still Waters in a Storm, a teacher named Stephen and a group of kids have pushed together tables piled high with books so they can gather round to talk about and translate Cervantes' classic, Don Quixote de La Mancha. They begin to reimagine Don Quixote--the story of an idealistic dreamer from Spain who traveled around trying to right the world's wrongs--as the story of a group of modern-day kids from immigrant families in Brooklyn. The stories the kids write in class become a musical play--expressing the plight of today's immigrants and using Quixote as inspiration. And Sarah, once very shy, soon will play the leading role as Kid Quixote.
Girls Who Build : Inspiring Curiousity and Confidence to Make Anything Possible by  Katie Hughes
Celebrate the can-do attitude of fierce girls who know how to wield a hammer, fire up a saw, and build everything from a bookshelf to a playhouse. Featuring project photographs, this guide will inspire you to pick up your power tools and make something great--Includes 13 do-it-herself projects
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. 2 by  Francesca Cavallo
While still inspiring rebel girls of the world to dream bigger, aim higher, and fight harder, this sequel is bigger than each of us, bigger than our individual hopes, and certainly bigger than our fears.
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by  Dusti Bowling
New friends and a mystery help Aven, thirteen, adjust to middle school and life at a dying western theme park in a new state, where her being born armless presents many challenges.
Kristy's Great Idea: a Graphic Novel by Raina Telgemeier
Follows the adventures of Kristy and the other members of the Baby-sitters Club as they deal with crank calls, uncontrollable two-year-olds, wild pets, and parents who do not always tell the truth.
Living the Confidence Code by  Katty Kay
Confidence is your fuel. It turns your thoughts into action; your dreams into reality. The best way to understand confidence and learn how to harness its secret powers is to see it in action for yourself. So take a look at these thirty stories of real girls. From Bali to Brazil, South Africa to Seattle, Australia to Afghanistan, these girls are pursuing their passions, struggling and stumbling, but along the way figuring out how to build their own special brand of confidence. These inspiring stories prove that no matter who you are--or how old you are--nothing is out of reach when you decide to try. Join this growing, global community of powerful girls and ask yourself: What would you like to do once you tap into your confidence? How will you write your story?
Love Your Body by  Jessica Sanders
Freedom is loving your body with all its imperfections and being the perfectly imperfect you! Love Your Body encourages young girls to admire and celebrate their bodies for all the amazing things they can do, and to help girls see that they are so much more than their bodies.
Malala : Activist for Girls' Education by  Raphaële Frier
Describes how a young Pakistani activist was violently targeted by the Taliban for her efforts to secure educational rights for girls. Translation of: Malala : pour le droit des filles à l'éducation.
Mustaches for Maddie by  Chad Morris
Inspired by the true story. Maddie is a normal twelve-year-old, but when a CT scan reveals she has a brain tumor, it will take all her imagination, courage, and support from her friends and family to meet this new challenge.
Notorious RBG : The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by  Irin Carmon
Presents an illustrated biography of the feminist icon and legal pioneer who has changed the world, especially in the realms of gender equality and civil rights. Includes bibliographical references. Ages 8-12.
Other Words for Home by  Jasmine Warga
Sent with her mother to the safety of a relative's home in Cincinnati when her Syrian hometown is overshadowed by violence, Jude worries for the family members who were left behind as she adjusts to a new life with unexpected surprises.
Real Friends by Shannon Hale
When her best friend Adrienne starts hanging out with the most popular girl in class, Shannon questions whether she and Adrienne will stay friends, and if she is part of the clique.
Shaking Things Up : 14 Young Women Who Changed the World by Susan Hood
Fresh, accessible, and inspiring, Shaking Things Up introduces fourteen revolutionary young womeneach paired with a noteworthy female artistto the next generation of activists, trail-blazers, and rabble-rousers.
The First Rule of Punk by  Celia C. Pérez
Twelve-year-old María Luisa O'Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malú) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.
Updated 08/26/2021