Abraham Lincoln: The Making of America #3

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Abraham Lincoln: The Making of America #3
The third installment of the Making of America series, Abraham Lincoln, tells of one of our most beloved presidents. Born in a cabin deep in the backwoods of Kentucky, growing up in a family considered “the poorest of the poor,” Lincoln rose to become the sixteenth president of the United States. As president, he guided the United States through the Civil War, helped end slavery in America, and strengthened the federal government. Unlike other biographies, the Making of America series goes beyond individual narratives linking influential figures to create an overarching story of America’s growth. The first three books in the series, read together, tell the story of American constitutional history from the founding of the nation through the end of the Civil War. The stories can also be read on their own and are the perfect way to get young readers excited about American history. The book includes selections of Lincoln’s writing, a bibliography, and an index.

The (other) F Word: A Celebration of the Fat and Fierce

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The (other) F Word: A Celebration of the Fat and Fierce
The definitive collection of art, poetry, and prose, celebrating fat acceptance

Chubby. Curvy. Fluffy. Plus-size. Thick. Fat. The time has come for fat people to tell their own stories. The (Other) F Word combines personal essays, prose, poetry, fashion tips, and art to create a relatable and attractive guide about body image and body positivity. This YA crossover anthology is meant for people of all sizes who desire to be seen and heard in a culture consumed by a narrow definition of beauty. By combining the talents of renowned fat YA and middle-grade authors, as well as fat influencers and creators, The (Other) F Word offers teen readers and activists of all ages a guide for navigating our world with confidence and courage.

Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets

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Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets
This book is about the Stonewall Riots, a series of spontaneous, often violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBTQ+) community in reaction to a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The Riots are attributed as the spark that ignited the LGBTQ+ movement. The author describes American gay history leading up to the Riots, the Riots themselves, and the aftermath, and includes her interviews of people involved or witnesses, including a woman who was ten at the time. Profusely illustrated, the book includes contemporary photos, newspaper clippings, and other period objects. A timely and necessary read, The Stonewall Riots helps readers to understand the history and legacy of the LGBTQ+ movement.

Susan B. Anthony: The Making of America #4

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Susan B. Anthony: The Making of America #4
In the fourth installment in the Making of America series, Susan B. Anthony, Teri Kanefield examines the life of America’s famous suffragette. Anthony was born into a world in which men ruled women: A man could beat his wife, take her earnings, have her committed into an asylum based on his word, and take her children away from her. While the young nation was ablaze with the radical notion that people could govern themselves, “people” were understood to be white and male. Women were expected to stay out of public life and debates. As Anthony saw the situation, “Women’s subsistence is in the hands of men, and most arbitrarily and unjustly does he exercise his consequent power.” She began her public career as a radical abolitionist, and after the Civil War, she became an international figurehead of the women’s suffrage movement. The book includes selections of Anthony’s writing, endnotes, a bibliography, and an index.

Hello Girls: Friendship on Fire

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Hello Girls: Friendship on Fire
Some friendships are unbreakable. In “Hello Girls,” the latest novel by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry you will find a story of a friendship forged by fire. A tale inspired by their own “Thelma and Louise” road trip moment. The two of them fashioned an intriguingly funny novel about two teenage girls in their senior year of high school who met each other in a most unusual way.

From the first few pages, I knew that I was going to love this book. In fact, if you loved the friendship between “Thelma and Louise” you will love this story of friendship just as much if not more. The introduction of Winona Olsen and Lucille Pryce in the storyline gives the opportunity to feel for these girls and their horrible home life from the start. Their story is full of trauma as they meet outside a police station one night; a growing friendship between two girls in a bad situation.

Lucille seems to be drowning due to her needy mother; not-to-mention, her brother who does drug deals off the living room sofa. She works as a waitress and can’t shake the feeling that there has to be more to life than this.

Winona seems to be starving for life as she struggles with an eating disorder and an outwardly perfect father that abuses her behind closed doors only to hide her bruises so no one can see them but her.

Together, along with the stolen car, they decide they must break away from their daily lives now instead of waiting for their upcoming graduation from high school. As Winona learns that her mother, whom she thought was dead, is alive and living in Las Vegas they come up with a plan to break away from the doldrums of everyday life.

The plan…. to steal a convertible, cash, and hit the road. They end up on a cross-country road trip that leads them into illegal gambling, a drug-dealing scam, and a feigned kidnapping with their friendship only grew stronger.

The friendship between Wynona and Lucille keeps the story grounded while other elements grew more and more outlandish throughout the story. “Hello Girls,” is a celebration of two young women’s autonomy seemingly taken by men and fueled by rage, is a fast-paced read full of nonstop action. I loved this book and if you like a book focused on friendship and wild, yet unpredictable adventures this is the book for you.

NOTE: I received an advanced copy of this book from YA Books Central. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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