Middle Grade Review: Wonderful Women of the World (Laurie Halse Anderson)



About This Book:

Women change the World…

…they’ve been doing it for centuries. Now New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson has gathered female and nonbinary writers and artists to reveal the women making our world better day by day. Real-world heroes who exemplify the best of Wonder Woman herself: her strength, compassion, and commitment to truth, equality, and justice.

Read the stories of Beyoncé (by Mikki Kendall and A.D’Amico), Keiko Agena (by Sarah Kuhn, Lynne Yoshii, and Carrie Strachan), Márcia Barbosa (by Corinna Bechko and Anastasia Longoria), Brené Brown (by Louise Simonson and Nicole Goux), Mariana Costa Checa (by Melissa Marr and Marcela Cespedes), Mari Copeny (by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Sharee Miller, and Silvana Brys), Teara Fraser (by Traci Sorell and Natasha Donovan), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (by Lilah Sturges, Devaki Neogi, and Triona Farrell), Judith Heumann (by Marieke Nijkamp and Ashanti Fortson), Marsha P. Johnson (by Jadzia Axelrod and Michaela Washington), Leiomy Maldonado (by Magdalen Visaggio and Emma Kubert), Ellen Ochoa (by Cecil Castellucci and Carina Guevara), Francisca Nneka Okeke (by Dr. Sheena C. Howard and Laylie Frazier), Greta Thunberg (by Kami Garcia and Igzell), Naomi Watanabe (by Jody Houser and Michiums), Serena Williams (by Danielle Page, Brittney Williams, and Caitlin Quirk), Edith Widnsor (by Amanda Deibert and Cat Staggs), Malala Yousafzai (by Son M. and Safiya Zerrougui), and Khatijah Mohamad Yusoff (by Amanda Deibert, Hanie Mohd, and Shari Chankhamma).


*Review Contributed by Karen Yingling, Staff Reviewer*

Fantastic Intersectional Collective Biography
In this comic style collective biography, a wide range of women and their accomplishments are highlighted. These range from the well known (Beyonce, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Serena Williams, and Greta Thunberg) to the less well known (Keiko Agena, Mariana Costa Checa, Leiomy Maldonado). Not only are there a variety of careers and life paths portrayed, but a diverse range of cultural backgrounds and identities. It’s nice to see that this diversity is also evident in the authors and illustrators. Many well known Young Adult authors are represented, such as Melissa Marr, Traci Sorrell, and Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich.
Good Points
The stories vary in styles and approaches, but all highlight the activities of the woman being covered. There are many back stories, and good coverage of the influential work. For example, Judith Heumann’s story covers her childhood and discusses how people with disabilities were treated, and how she worked to change this. The book is broken down into five categories, including Strength, Compassion, Justice, Truth, and Equality.

This is very dense with information, and the print is very small in order to fit so much in and still include the detailed, richly colored illustrations. This is fine for high school readers, but middle grade ones who are drawn to the graphic novel format because it is easier to read might struggle with this.

Wonderful Women of the World is an excellent resource to add to a biography collection that includes Vashti Harrison’s Little Leaders, The Great Book of Badass Women: 15 Fearless and Inspirational Women that Changed History by Rachel Walsh, 50 Fearless Women Who Made American History: An American History Book for Kids by Jenifer Bazzit and Krull’s First Ladies.

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