The Radical Element
12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls
anthology editor: Jessica Spotswood
To respect yourself, to love yourself, should not have to be a radical decision. It’s a decision that must be faced when you’re balancing on the tightrope of neurodivergence, finding your way as a second-generation immigrant, or facing down American racism even while loving America. And it’s the only decision when you’ve weighed society’s expectations and found them wanting. In The Radical Element, twelve of the most talented writers working in young adult literature today shine a light on a century and a half of heroines on the margins and in the intersections, standing up for themselves and their beliefs — whether that means secretly learning Hebrew in early Savannah, using the family magic to pass as white in 1920s Hollywood, or singing in a feminist punk band in 1980s Boston.
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“These are tales across time and cultures, offering diverse women as witnesses to historical times. . . . A needed collection to broaden understanding of the many different faces of history.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)