A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls
A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls
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Annotation: This anthology of historical fiction and fantasy features a diverse array of daring heroines making their way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals to face down everything from murderers to marriage proposals.
Catalog Number: #116146
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: xi, 354 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7636-7848-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-7636-7848-7
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2015942989
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Brassy bank robbers, brave trailblazers, and ball-busting debutants make all sorts of noise in this collection of 15 stories. The settings span North America between 1710 and 1968, and the stories feature a variety of heroines. Some love boys, some love girls, and some don't love anyone; they are siblings and daughters; and they represent a multitude of ethnicities and social classes. Though several of the stories contain fantastical elements, this is ultimately historical fiction at its finest, and it boasts a host of hot YA authors, including Marie Lu, Marissa Meyer, Elizabeth Wein, and Kekla Magoon. The collection as a whole is strong, though standouts include Leslye Walton's "El Destinos," a fable of fate in 1840s Texas; Andrea Cremer's "High Stakes," which pairs a mythological creature with the dynamics of America just before the Civil War; Lindsay Smith's "City of Angels," about a would-be screenwriter who falls for her starlet roommate in 1945 L.A.; and Robin Talley's "The Whole World Is Watching," a chillingly timely depiction of the 1968 Democratic National Convention protests in Chicago. Each individual story is thoroughly researched, and each includes an author's note explaining the context. The heroines are tough and memorable and full of heart, and the concept is irresistible. Stock up is one will practically sell itself.
Voice of Youth Advocates
Fifteen historical fiction short stories spanning 1710 to 1968 embrace gutsy girls of all races and social classes, with both real-world and other-world powers. An escaped slave girl disguised as a boy pirate, an Inuit orphan, a New Orleans belle, the three fates living as Mexican Americans, a Gorgon Civil War assassin, a Northern loyalist embroiled in a Southern spy plot, a Western school teacher, a Chinese medium, Alaskan saloon owners, an aspiring Negro aviator, Great Depression survivors, and girls exploring sexuality and civil rights define themselves beyond family expectations and societal stereotypes within periods of social turmoil. Some characters' painful and admirable sacrifices lead to success. Other characters redefine success and, with danger and uncertainty, follow their hearts. Each bravely continues her journey, some even after death.Creative, engrossing, and well crafted, these stories will spark interest in women's roles in American history, ancient myths, and folklore legends as they explore universal and personal themes of love, risk, integrity, personal rights, and coming of age. An "Author's Note" accompanies each story and explains its background or inspiration. Some authors suggest follow-up sources. Teachers may wish to cherry pick selections for specific units of study and age groups. The book in its entirety promises to hold the most appeal for senior high and college young women.Lucy Schall.
Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 9-12
Lexile: 830L

From an impressive sisterhood of YA writers comes an edge-of-your-seat anthology of historical fiction and fantasy featuring a diverse array of daring heroines.

Crisscross America — on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains — from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They're making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.

With stories by:

J. Anderson Coats
Andrea Cremer
Y. S. Lee
Katherine Longshore
Marie Lu
Kekla Magoon
Marissa Meyer
Saundra Mitchell
Beth Revis
Caroline Richmond
Lindsay Smith
Jessica Spotswood
Robin Talley
Leslye Walton
Elizabeth Wein

Mother Carey's table / J. Anderson Coats
The journey / Marie Lu
Madeleine's choice / Jessica Spotswood
El destinos / Leslye Walton
High stakes / Andrea Cremer
The Red Raven Ball / Caroline Tung Richmond
Pearls / Beth Revis
Gold in the roots of the grass / Marissa Meyer
The legendary garrett girls / Y.S. Lee
The color of the sky / Elizabeth Wein
Bonnie and Clyde / Saundra Mitchell
Hard times / Katherine Longshore
City of angels / Lindsay Smith
Pulse of the Panthers / Kekla Magoon
The whole world is watching / Robin Talley.

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