10 Books Written by Women you need to add to your reading list right away!
This dystopian future storyline, written by Métis author Cherie Dimaline, follows Frenchie, a young indigenous boy. He and his companions are struggling to survive as the world is hunting them for their bone marrow. Their marrow holds something that the rest of the world has lost: the ability to dream. This book is the winner of 6 major literary awards, and is a compelling story written by a Canadian author.
Written in the unique style of free verse, Ebb & Flow follows Jett, who has moved with his mother to the small town where his grandmother lives for a new start. But when he meets a new friend, his life is altered by a series of bad decisions, a shameful secret, and an attempt to find redemption. The simple story makes the writing style easy to grasp, and is a great stepping stone if you’re a beginner looking to get into poetry books.
“One story. Three Sides. No easy answers.” Nic Stone’s book explores the complexity of friendships as they age and change, when friendly feelings become romantic. When Rae Chu moves to town, and starts hanging out with best friends Coop & Jupe, things get even more complicated. This novel explores identity, how we want to be represented, and how we love other people.
Stuck in a Baptist Reform school, sarcastic and smart Jane just doesn’t want to conform. Which is why it’s perfect when Hannah shows up. She’s fiery, gorgeous, and ready to show Jane how to live a fulfilling life on her own terms. But Hannah has secrets, and Jane finds herself trying to defy the expectations of those around her while figuring out who her friend really is.
A magical realism mystery with a strong but unlucky girl at the head of it, The Hazel Wood is perfect for if you like to dabble in the Fantasy genre. Alice and her mother have spent most of their lives on the road running away from a string of bad luck. When Alice’s grandmother – the author of cult classic modern fairy tales- dies, the two are forced to move to the estate on the edge of Hazel Wood. But when Alice is stolen away by a creature who claims to be from the land in her grandmother’s books, her bad luck finally catches up to her.
“It’s tough fitting in when you’re different. But what if it’s the world that’s weird, not you?” This book is the perfect coming of age story for tweens. It’s told from the point of view of 14 year old Malin, who is getting through life knowing that she can’t fix the big stuff, like her dad yelling, her brother lying, and her mom following apart. But she has one close friend who helps her learn about the stuff she can control – like kissing, prom dresses, and what to do when you cross the meanest (and prettiest) girl in school. Life isn’t perfect, and Linni Ingemundsen’s book never pretends that it is.
It’s Pride and Prejudice, but set in modern day Brooklyn. Instead of Elizabeth Bennet, we’re given Zuri Benitez, who is proud of where she comes from, where she lives, and of her Afro-Latino roots. But her neighbourhood is being gentrified, in no small part by the Darcy family. And with college applications coming up, her four sisters pulling her in all directors, and finally being forced to find common ground with Darius Darcy, Zuri is fighting to find her place in Brooklyn’s changing landscape, or lose it all.
A book for the older teens out there, and a classic story about being torn between two worlds: the expectations your parents hold for you, and the passions you want to pursue. In Ahmed’s book, Maya Aziz finds herself exactly in this position. But when a suicide bomber who shares her name commits a horrific crime hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down and people around her become consumed by bigotry and fear. Now, Maya is forced to face her two paths heads on, and use her inner strength to find her place in the world.
This one is for those out there who are true Fantasy fans, but who want to stay rooted on Earth. Angels are falling from the sky, smashing down at extraordinary speeds, and not one of them is surviving. In the middle of all of this, Jaya’s father decides to uproot her family to Edinburgh to hunt a live angel. Which is the worst thing that could happen -she’s still reeling from her mother’s recent death and the disappearance of her ex-girlfriend- or so she thought. Because something unbelievable happens, an angel lands at Jaya’s feet…alive.
The follow up to Julie Murphy’s first novel, Dumplin’, which was recently made into a Netflix film, brings us back into the pageant world. But this time, our star is Millie Michalchuk, who has gone to fat camp every summer since she was a girl, but is ready to take her life into her own hands. When circumstances bring her and mean girl Callie Reyes together, they surprise everyone (and themselves) by having more in common than they thought. This body positive novel pushes itself forward with the mantra on it’s cover – “Don’t break the rules. Change ’em.”
By Olivia Latta