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Women Making Waves

Here at JLG, we continue to be so impressed by the amazing work being done by our female authors and illustrators. Take a look at some of the all-star women making waves in a wide range of categories, genres, and grade levels.

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      Wilma's Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller

      by Doreen Rappaport

      Jun 2019

      Biography Elementary Plus

      As a child in Oklahoma, Wilma Mankiller experienced the Cherokee practice of Gadugi, helping each other, even when times were hard for everyone. But in 1956, the federal government uprooted her family and moved them to California, wrenching them from their home, friends, and traditions. Separated from her community and everything she knew, Wilma felt utterly lost until she found refuge in the Indian Center in San Francisco. There, she worked to build and develop the local Native community and championed Native political activists.

      Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. Time line. Pronunciation guide. Selected bibliography. Online resources. Source notes. Full-color illustrations.

      The Bluest of Blues: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs

      by Fiona Robinson

      Apr 2019

      Biography Elementary Plus

      As a child, Anna loved to collect plants and insects with her scientist father. As an adult, she became a botanist, and in 1843, published the first book of photographs—cyanotype prints of her vast seaweed collection.
      Author’s note. Instructions for making cyanotypes. Bibliography. List of institutions holding Anna Atkins’s cyanotypes. Full-color mixed-media illustrations composed of pencil drawings, watercolor paintings, vintage fabrics and wallpapers, wood veneers, photographs, and reproductions of Anna Atkins’s cyanotypes.

      Struttin’ with Some Barbecue: Lil Hardien Armstrong Becomes the First Lady of Jazz

      by Patricia Hruby Powell

      Mar 2019

      Biography Elementary Plus

      From the time she was a little girl in early 1900s Memphis, Lil Hardin was drawn to music. Her mother wanted Lil to be a proper lady and study classical music. But that was no life for Lil: music was no fun without the blues!

      Author’s note. Further information on Lil Hardin Armstrong. Note on jazz. Note on segregation. Note on Armstrong’s family and estate. Time line. Glossary. Further resources and selected bibliography. Quotation sources. Index. Black-and-white illustrations created in ink and graphite.

      Girls on the Line

      by Jennie Liu

      Feb 2019

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      Luli and Yun grew up together in a Chinese orphanage. But their new lives as factory workers strain their friendship, especially when Yun becomes pregnant by a "bride kidnapper."

      Author’s note. Discussion questions.

      The Light Between Worlds

      by Laura E. Weymouth

      Feb 2019

      Young Adults Plus

      Ever since sisters Evie and Philippa returned from the strange kingdom they were transported to six years ago, they have struggled to adjust to life in England. List of poems and paintings mentioned in the novel.

      Everlasting Nora

      by Marie Miranda Cruz

      Jan 2019

      Realistic Fiction Middle Plus

      After a fire kills her father and destroys their home, Nora lives with her mother in Manila’s North Cemetery: “It had been scary to live here at first, but Mama told me that the living would do us greater harm than the dead ever could.” Glossary of Tagalog words. Author’s note. Reading and activity guide.

      The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

      by Jaclyn Moriarty

      Dec 2018

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Elementary Plus

      Bronte’s parents have left detailed, faery-reinforced instructions in their will—if Bronte doesn't complete them, terrible things could happen. So she sets off alone to travel the kingdoms, delivering gifts to her ten aunts. Black-and-white illustrations.

      For A Muse of Fire

      by Heidi Heilig

      Dec 2018

      Fantasy/Science Fiction High Plus

      Cast of characters. Author’s note. Black-and-white maps.

      Holes in the Sky

      by Patricia Polacco

      Dec 2018

      Easy Reading Plus

      There will never be anyone like her grandmother, Patricia Polacco thinks, when her grandmother passes away. But when she and her family move to California—in the middle of a drought—she meets a new friend, the irrepressible Stewart, and his amazing grandmother, Miss Eula, who not only takes Trisha under her wing, but, with Trisha and Stewart, steps up to lead their entire extraordinarily diverse neighborhood to help a hurting neighbor—and her once lush garden—survive the drought.
      Trisha’s grandmother’s old saying about the stars being Holes in the Sky turns out to be Miss Eula’s, too, convincing Trisha that she has miraculously discovered another unforgettable grandmother.
      Full-color illustrations rendered in pencils and markers.

      Lights! Camera! Alice!: The Thrilling True Adventures of the First Woman Filmmaker

      by Mara Rockliff

      Dec 2018

      Arts Elementary Plus

      Meet Alice Guy-Blaché. She made movies—some of the very first movies, and some of the most exciting! Blow up a pirate ship? Why not? Crawl into a tiger's cage? Of course! Leap off a bridge onto a real speeding train? It will be easy! Driven by her passion for storytelling, Alice saw a potential for film that others had not seen before, allowing her to develop new narratives, new camera angles, new techniques, and to surprise her audiences again and again. With daring and vision, Alice Guy-Blaché introduced the world to a thrilling frontier of imagination and adventure, and became one of filmmaking's first and greatest innovators. Mara Rockliff tells the story of a girl who grew up loving stories and became an acclaimed storyteller and an inspiration in her own right.
      Author’s note. List of sources. Full-color illustrations rendered in dry media.

      A Blade So Black

      by L.L. McKinney

      Dec 2018

      Current Trends High Plus

      A Blade So Black delivers an irresistible urban fantasy retelling of Alice in Wonderland . . . but it's not the Wonderland you remember.
      The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.
      Life in real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice's handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she'll need to use everything she's learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.
      Debut author L.L. McKinney delivers an action-packed twist on an old classic, full of romance and otherworldly intrigue.

      All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir

      by Nicole Chung

      Dec 2018

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      What does it mean to lose your roots—within your culture, within your family—and what happens when you find them?
      Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hope of giving her a better life, that forever feeling slightly out of place was her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as Nicole grew up—facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn’t see, finding her identity as an Asian American and as a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from—she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth.
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