I really strive to write strong girl characters–I love to watch my lead girls blossom over the course of the novel and become more confident, less fearful, brave enough to be who they really are, etc. It’s always what I hope for myself on a daily basis, so it’s fun to give that assignment to my characters and see how they work it out.
So I was completely thrilled to get an e-mail this weekend saying Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature has been chosen for the 2008 list of the Amelia Bloomer Project. Here’s who they are:
Under the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association, the Amelia Bloomer Project strives to promote feminism to today’s youth. Every year during the American Library Association Midwinter Conference, the Amelia Bloomer Project Committee creates a list of books from the books published the previous year that best embody feminism.
The list presents well-written and well-illustrated books with strong feminist messages published in the past 18 months recommended for young people from birth through eighteen years of age. The Amelia Bloomer Project creates a list of quality fiction and nonfiction titles that affirm positive roles for girls and women. (Emphasis mine, because I love those phrases.)
I’M SO HAPPY! Thank you, members of the Amelia Bloomer Project! I am truly honored to be part of such a great list.
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