ISBN-10: 0763694258 | ISBN-13: 978-0763694258
Cover art: James Weinberg
|In an anthology of revolution and resistance, a sisterhood of YA writers shines a light on a century and a half of heroines on the margins and in the intersections.
To respect yourself, to love yourself, should not have to be a radical decision. And yet it remains as challenging for an American girl to make today as it was in 1927 on the steps of the Supreme Court. 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 tell the stories of girls of all colors and creeds 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. And they’re asking you to join them.
Marieke’s story: Better For All The World
Editor Spotswood offers a collection of historical stories about young women, bold and brave, many who traverse territory slated only for men. (…) A needed collection to broaden understanding of the many different faces of history.
– Kirkus, starred review
Particular standouts are Dhonielle Clayton’s “When Moonlight Isn’t Enough” and Marieke Nijkamp’s “Better for All the World.” (…) Nijkamp focuses on Carrie Allen, a young woman with autism and aspirations to become a lawyer in the late 1920s. She takes on the case of Carrie Buck, a woman who has been deemed unfit to reproduce and will be sterilized. Nijkamp sheds light through the eyes of someone who would likely be considered unfit to reproduce by her society, bringing an honesty and pain to the story.
– School Library Journal
Twelve stories from acclaimed YA authors focus on women who, one way or another, have radical, groundbreaking experiences (…) Short story collections can be uneven, but this one has an admirable goal, and there is plenty to love.