Alterations by Stephanie Scott

"The internship was all kids my age who were here to sharpen their talents. They wanted to create the next wave of fashion. And I’d lied to them. I was lying to all of them." - 23% Alterations (2016) is a YA novel by debut author Stephanie Scott, and I'm going to jump right in … Continue reading Alterations by Stephanie Scott

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Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Does My Head Look Big in This? (2005) by Randa Abdel-Fattah is the story of sixteen-year-old Amal, a modern Palestinian-Muslim-Australian girl. Amal is hilarious, educated, beautiful and spunky, with open-minded parents and a deep commitment to her Islamic faith. The book begins when Amal decides that she wants to wear the hijab full-time. She isn't … Continue reading Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner

In Nobody’s Princess, we meet the young Helen of Sparta, as author Esther Friesner imagines her to have been, before she became the Iliad’s Helen of Troy. Inspired by Sparta’s later practices to train girls in athletics and warfare, Friesner paints Helen as a feisty and fearless would-be warrior maiden, as well as possessing her legendary physical … Continue reading Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner