In an anthology of revolution and resistance, a sisterhood of YA writers shines a light on a century and a half of heroines on the margins and in the intersections.
To respect yourself, to love yourself, should not have to be a radical decision. And yet it remains as challenging for an American girl to make today as it was in 1927 on the steps of the Supreme Court. It's a decision that must be faced when you're balancing on the tightrope of neurodivergence, finding your way as a second-generation immigrant, or facing down American racism even while loving America. And it's the only decision when you've weighed society's expectations and found them wanting. In The Radical Element, 12 of the most talented writers working in young adult literature today tell the stories of girls of all colors and creeds standing up for themselves and their beliefs - whether that means secretly learning Hebrew in early Savannah, using the family magic to pass as white in 1920s Hollywood, or singing in a feminist punk band in 1980s Boston. And they're asking you to join them.
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©2018 Compilation and introduction © 2018 by Jessica Spotswood, original book published by Candlewick Press (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. “Daughter of the Book” © 2018 by Dahlia Adler; “You’re a Stranger Here” © 2018 by Mackenzi Lee; “The Magician” © 2018 by Erin Bowman; “Lady Firebrand” © 2018 by Megan Shepherd; “Step Right Up” © 2018 by Jessica Spotswood; “Glamour” © 2018 by Anna-Marie McLemore; “Better for All the World” © 2018 by Marieke Nijkamp; “When the Moonlight Isn’t Enough” © 2018 by Dhonielle Clayton; “The Belle of the Ball” © 2018 by Sarvenaz Tash; “Land of the Sweet, Home of the Brave” © 2018 by Stacey Lee; “The Birth of Susi Go-Go” © 2018 by Meg Medina; “Take Me with U” © 2018 by Sara Farizan.