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Girl Empowerment Month: Inspiring Books for Teens

Celebrate Girl Empowerment Month with these stories about girls realizing their power and potential, overcoming obstacles, and inspiring others.

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I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers edition) by Malala Yousafzai

In this Young Readers edition of her bestselling memoir. Malala Yousafzai tells her remarkable story as a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world -- and did. After she nearly lost her life trying to get an education in Pakistan, Malala has become an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. 

Memoir

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Lumberjanes by Grace Ellis

Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp...defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons 

Graphic Novel

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Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she's suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. 

Graphic Novel

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Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A. S. King

As her high school graduation draws near, Glory O'Brien begins having powerful and terrifying visions of the future as she struggles with her long-buried grief over her mother's suicide in a story about freedom, feminism, and destiny. 

Fiction

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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks. 

Fiction

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other. 

Historical Fiction

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Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis

Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women's Army Corps. 

Historical Fiction

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Gabi: A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy's pregnancy, her friend Sebastian's coming out, her father's meth habit, her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially, the poetry that helps forge her identity. 

Fiction

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A Step From Heaven by An Na

A young Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in America. 

Fiction

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Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage. 

Fantasy

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Graceling by Kristin Cashore

In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.  

Fantasy

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Ash by Malina Lo

In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the king's huntress whom she loves. 

Fantasy

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Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

Eleven-year-old Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page, learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure. 

Fantasy

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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school before she finds the courage to finally speak about it. 

Fiction

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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition. Hilarious & surreal social commentary. 

Fiction