Schatz, Kate. Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women. Miriam Klein Stahl, Illus. Non-fiction. Ten Speed, 07/2018. 112pp. $16.99. 978-0-399-58110-6. OUTSTANDING. GRADES 5-12.
In the third book from this Bay Area duo, a diverse group of 50 females who made a significant impact on society before the age of 20 are profiled in one or two-page essays. These include athletes, performers, and social justice warriors including Mary Beth Tinker, Ruby Bridges, Jazz Jennings, and Malala Yousafzai. Several are from California, including disabilities advocate Haben Girma, school reformers Cordelia Longo and Celeste Tinajero, and immigration reformer Sophie Cruz. Although some names will be familiar, such as Anne Frank or Misty Copeland, most are not well known. The narrative conveys a sense of enthusiasm for these young women and what they are accomplishing (most are still alive, only a few are from history). The illustrations are b&w, cut paper, and add interest. There is a section at the end with one-paragraph entries on even more young women (both historical and contemporary) and their accomplishments, as well as an index. This is another great resource on women’s history and will empower youth to make changes in their communities. This book has California-specific content.
Penny Peck, San Jose State University iSchool