Like Roberta I love a good list, so reserved the Autumn 2010 issue of Ms. magazine, which features a list of “click” lit – Young Adult books that “awaken girls to their feminism.” It’s an interesting list – I gave some entries the nod of agreement , some a shrug of apathy, others a howl of opposition. See what you think, and get your reserves on for those you might want to check out when libraries are open. Bibliocommons, the new library catalogue, is great for getting your reading organised.
Ms.’ favourites were
- Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
- The hunger games, by Suzanne Collins
- Annie on my mind, by Nancy Garden
- Dealing with dragons, by Patricia C. Wrede
- A wrinkle in time, by Madeleine L’Engle
- The knife of never letting go, by Patrick Ness
- The bell jar, by Sylvia Plath
- The shadow speaker, by Nnedi Okarafor
- Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
- Roll of thunder, hear my cry, by Mildred Taylor
- Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld
Unsurprisingly Ms. likes a good issue novel for its modern honourable mentions. Mixed race? Caramelo, and The house on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros. Poor and violent background? The Outsiders , by S.E. Hinton. Rape? Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson. See also Anderson’s Catalyst (perfectionism) and Wintergirls (anorexia).
Did a book ever give you a “click” moment in the midst of teenage angst? A moment when, as Ms. says, “we realise the problem’s not us, it’s society, and we’re not alone.”