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Bad Girls of Fashion

- Young adult softcover

by Jennifer Croll - $16.95 - Add to Cart

The title says it all: Bad Girls of Fashion explores the lives of ten famous women who have used clothing to make a statement, change perceptions, break rules, attract power, or express their individuality. Included are Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette, Coco Chanel, Marlene Dietrich, Madonna, and Lady Gaga. Sidebar subjects include: Elizabeth I, Marilyn Monroe, Rihanna, and Vivienne Westwood. Photos illuminate the text, while edgy, vividly colored illustrations depict the subjects with interpretive flair. Readers will learn not only about changing fashion styles through history, but about changing historical attitudes toward women, and the links between fashion and art, film, music, politics, and feminism. With an energetic, appealing writing style, Croll demonstrates how through the ages, women - often without other means of power - have used fashion as a tool, and how their influence continues to shape how women present themselves today.

Becoming Me

- Young adult softcover

by Andrea Pippins - $19.99 - Add to Cart

A beautifully illustrated interactive journal from the creator of the empowering adult coloring book I Love My Hair--featured on BuzzFeed, Mashable, and more. Encourages self-discovery and nurtures creative expression!This gorgeous full-color journal and activity book will get you coloring, doodling, and writing your way to your best self. Combining quotes from inspiring women, positive affirmations, and artistic advice direct from Andrea Pippins, along with supportive prompts and exercises, this uplifting book is the perfect tool to get those creative juices flowing. And with stylish hand-lettering and full-color illustrations throughout, Becoming Me is a perfect gift and keepsake--as well as a powerful tool for self-expression.Praise for I Love My Hair by Andrea Pippins:"The girl power stress-reliever we all needed." --Bustle.com"Pippins's imaginative images will inspire your inner artist and fashionista." --The Huffington Post

Careers

- Young adult softcover

by DK - $25.99 - Add to Cart

It's never too early for your teen or tween to start thinking about a career, and Careers is the perfect way to do it. Inspiring and imaginative as well as practical, Careers has charts and tables that help young people gauge interest about possible careers -- it's like having a personal career advisor by your side whenever you need it! Speech pathologist? Check. Zookeeper? Check. Jewelry designer? Check. Nurse? Architect? Chef? Check, check, and check. Covering more than 400 jobs, Careers is organized in an easy-to-navigate, clear structure that helps guide teen and tween readers. Check at-a-glance summary panels for chosen careers to learn about salary, working hours, training, and career paths. Cross-referenced job matrix tables offer another way to learn about all the options. Tweens and teens with no idea of what kind of job to look for can start with their favorite school subjects or hobbies and find relevant careers from there. It may not be time for your teen or tween to prepare a resume and find a job, but the advice in Careers can help young people start thinking about the future!

The Gutsy Girl

- Young adult hardcover

by Caroline Paul - $22.00 - Add to Cart

From a real-life derring-do woman, exhilarating stories, activities, and tips to inspire girls to pursue a life of adventure and excitement.      Why should girls miss out on the joy of adventure? They can jump off rocks, swing on ropes, and climb trees just as well as boys can. But girls often allow fear to stand in their way.     In The Gutsy Girl, author Caroline Paul emboldens girls to seek out a life of exhilaration. Once a young scaredy-cat herself, Caroline decided that fear got in the way of the life she wanted--of excitement, confidence, self-reliance, friendship, and fun. She has since flown planes, rafted big rivers, climbed tall mountains, and fought fires as one of the first female firefighters in San Francisco. In The Gutsy Girl, she shares her greatest escapades as well as those of other girls and women from throughout history, and offers engaging activities such as confidence-building stances, creating a compass, positive self-talk, and using crickets to estimate outside temperatures. Each section includes a place for girls to "journal" their adventures, thus encouraging a new generation to develop a zest for challenges and a healthy relationship to risk. The Gutsy Girl is Lean In for young girls, a book about the glorious things that happen when you unshackle from fear and open up to exhilaration. Fully illustrated and enlivened throughout by bestselling illustrator Wendy MacNaughton's whimsical pen-and-ink drawings.

Kakuma Girls

- Young adult softcover

by Clare Morneau - $19.95 - Add to Cart

A passionate advocate for girls' education and refugee issues, Clare Morneau is a 17-year-old author and speaker who lives in Toronto with her father, Canada's Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, mother, Nancy McCain, and siblings Henry, Edward and Grace Acan, who joined the family in 2010 from northern Uganda. Clare is compassionate, driven and committed to working for real change. As a student at Havergal College, she founded the Kakuma Toronto Girls Education Partnership. In October 2016, she released her first book, Kakuma Girls. She completed a four-week internship at the Global Humanitarian Lab, a partner organization of the United Nations, in the summer of 2016, and has been named a Global Humanitarian Lab Youth Ambassador by the organization.Clare spoke at several high profile events in Canada this past fall, including the UN's One Young World Conference in Ottawa on Sept 30th, We Day Ottawa on November 9th, Walrus Talks: Africa's Next Generation in Toronto on November 9th, and TedX Youth Talks on November 13th in Toronto. Kakuma Girls has been widely praised and recommended by major Canadian media outlets including Chatelaine, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, CTV, and the CBC. "An inspiring portrait of African girl refugees by a passionate 17-year-old Canadian dedicated to positive change" -- Marc Kielburger, Co-Founder, WE Charity

The Last Message Received

- Young adult hardcover

by Emily Trunko - $19.99 - Add to Cart

Named one of the Top 10 Most Viral Blogs by Mashable, the Tumblr The Last Message Received--created by 16-year-old Emily Trunko--is now available as a gift book!   What if a message someone sends you today is the last you'll ever receive from them? Would you respond differently, or even at all, if you knew that the end of a friendship, a brutal breakup, or worse might be coming, and that this might be your only chance?   The collection The Last Message Received includes over a hundred final text messages, social media posts, emails, and more. Adapted from the popular Tumblr The Last Message Received--followed by more than 85,000 people and selected as a finalist for the Shorty Award--the Last Message Received book features sudden endings and the type of loss that will inspire readers to reflect on what's essential in their own lives and the importance of celebrating the people they love every day.   Includes exclusive content not available on Tumblr!"The emotional gravitas on display is not to be denied." --Kirkus"Readers will return to this volume again and again, especially those in need of a bit of reassurance about the world." --SLJ   Praise for the Tumblr The Last Message Received   "The Last Message Received Tumblr will break your heart." --Refinery 29   "Get some tissues. Scratch that. Get all the tissues." --Cosmopolitan   "It's moving to see that other people have been through similar situations, and let's face it, we've all received messages that we can't stop thinking about." --Teen Vogue

The Mindful Teen

- Young adult softcover

by Dzung X. Vo - $23.95 - Add to Cart

In this powerful book, a pediatrician specializing in teen and adolescent medicineoffers a breakthrough mindfulness program to help you deal with stress in healthy ways, improve communication, and reduce conflicts with family and friends. Being a teen is stressful! Whether it's school, friends, or dating, the teen years are full of difficult changes--both mentally and physically. If you're like many teens, you may have difficulty dealing with stress in effective ways. You aren't alone, and there are things you can do to stay calm, no matter how stressful life becomes. All you need to do is stop, breathe, and be mindful and aware in the present moment.The Mindful Teenoffers a unique program based in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) to help you deal with stress. The simple, practical, and easy-to-remember tips in this book can be used every day to help you handle any difficult situation more effectively--whether it's taking a test at school, having a disagreement with your parents, or a problem you are having with friends. If you're ready to uncover your own inner strength and resilience through mindful awareness and take charge of your life, this book will show you how.

Stonewall

- Young adult softcover

by Ann Bausum - $13.99 - Add to Cart

The first history of gay rights for teen readers, written by award-winning nonfiction author Ann Bausum.That's the Stonewall. The Stonewall Inn. Pay attention. History walks through that door. In 1969 being gay in the United States was a criminal offense. It meant living a closeted life or surviving on the fringes of society. People went to jail, lost jobs, and were disowned by their families for being gay. Most doctors considered homosexuality a mental illness. There were few safe havens. The Stonewall Inn, a Mafia-run, filthy, overpriced bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, was one of them. Police raids on gay bars happened regularly in this era. But one hot June night, when cops pounded on the door of the Stonewall, almost nothing went as planned. Tensions were high. The crowd refused to go away. Anger and frustration boiled over. The raid became a riot. The riot became a catalyst. The catalyst triggered an explosive demand for gay rights. A riveting exploration of the Stonewall Riots and the national Gay Rights movement that followed is eye-opening, unflinching, and inspiring.

Transgender Lives

- Hardcover

by Kirstin Cronn-mills - $37.15 - Add to Cart

Meet Katie, Hayden, Dean, Brooke, David, Julia, and Natasha. Each of these transgender individuals tell how they came to understand, accept, and express their gender identities, as well as the sorrows and successes they experienced.