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1 By: Rachel Seigel Selection Manager S&B Books

2 What are little boys made of? Snips and snails, and puppy dogs tails That's what little boys are made of !" What are little girls made of? "Sugar and spice and all things nice That's what little girls are made of!"

3 Girls will read anything!

4 While it is true that girls who enjoy reading are more willing to read about boys than boys are about girls, girls do not automatically enjoy books aimed at boys.

5 Girls Arent Reluctant Readers

6 Statistics show that adolescent boys make up the highest percentage of reluctant readers, thus causing non-reading girls to be widely overlooked

7 Reading is boring Their perception is that Girls who read are clever, but boring and geeks. Too many gender stereotypes in the materials supplied for her

8 1. Girls are represented as acted on, and not active 2. Girls are represented as sweet, naive, conforming, and dependent, while boys are typically described as strong, adventurous, independent, and capable 3. Boys tend to have roles as fighters, adventurers and rescuers, while girls in their passive role tend to be caretakers, mothers, princesses in need of rescuing, and characters that support the male figure 4. girl characters achieve their goals because others help them, whereas boys do so because they demonstrate ingenuity and/or perseverance

9 5. Girls dont play sports 6. Girls arent into math or science 7. Girls are seldom technologically involved or savvy. (E- mail, texting, etc.. not withstanding

10 All books for girls are chick lit

11 Chick Lit as its called is a specific genre of book with its own set of conventions, just as horror, fantasy or adventure do.

12 Chick Lit features hip, stylish career women, usually in their 20s and 30s, Typically work in fields of fashion, publishing or advertising Live in an urban environment such as London or New York. They are generally obsessed with their appearances, and have a passion for shopping. Recent examples include Sophie Kinsellas Shopaholics, Devil Wears Prada, and of course, Sex in the City.

13 Teen chick lit, changes the work setting to high school, (often a private school), and instead of hunky men, its hunky boys. The girls, like the characters in Gossip Girl are generally privileged, and like their older counterparts, are fashion and shopping obsessed.

14 Girls look for characterization and relationships in stories They look for parallels to their own lives Studies show that girls understand narratives and expository text better than boys do. Prevalent themes for girls are romance/relationship stories, real life experiences, diary formats. Girls mature faster and will be more sophisticated in their reading choices Girls between ages 10-12 particularly like reading series books There is more of a trend for girls to re-read than boys

15 1. Strong female protagonists who are proactive like the Paperbag Princess, these girls dont sit around and wait to be rescued. They solve their own problems 2. Girls who triumph over sexism and discrimination- they dont let anyone tell them that they cant do something or because they are a girl. 3. Girls who speak their minds- they think, and have opinions 4. Characters who have depth are representative of real girls in todays society 5. Girls who defy stereotypes

16 Category 1- 10-12 yrs old


18 1. Incorporates elements from a Midsummer Nights Dream. 2. Deals with self-image. Tamisin learns how to accept and be proud of her appearance- not hide from it. 3. Good messages for girls who feel like they dont belong anywhere about finding their place in the world 4. Fills a gap for girls who have outgrown the Rainbow Fairy type material, but are too young for all of the edgy teen fairy fantasy. 5. Non-Passive Heroine. She doesnt play victim, and wait around for someone to rescue her.


20 1. Amanda is a real girl, with real problems 2. Explores the changing dynamic in a boy/girl friendship as kids get older 3. Amanda is proactive in trying to find a solution, and never takes a sidekick role. 4. Tackles issues of popularity and peer pressure 5. It is a journey of self-discovery


22 1. Miranda is extremely independent- shes a latchkey kid with quite a bit of freedom & lives with a single mother 2. Miranda likes to read, and there are tie-ins with A Wrinkle in Time, her favourite book. She is fascinated by how time travel works 3. Miranda is three dimensional- smart but not brilliant, occasionally selfish, close to her mom and eminently relatable. 4. Its a story of friendship- how old friendships change, and new ones form. Like 11 Birthdays, it also explores the dynamic of boy/girl friendship. 5. Contains a complex puzzle storyline


24 1. Minli is proactive. This is her journey, and she takes matters into her own hands, rather than complain. 2. Minli is smart, spunky, courageous and exhibits ingenuity and imagination 3. The story is a fairy tale epic, reminiscent of the Wizard of Oz, and interweaves various Chinese Folk Tales 4. There is a deeper meaning to the story, and it contains lessons about hope, happiness, and the bonds of family. 5. It is a visually beautiful book.


26 1.Calpurnia is a Science-minded girl 2. Callie is a-typical of a girl of her era, and defies stereotypes. Shes no good at feminine activities of the time, but is her own person. Despite the historical setting, its relevant to todays girls. Callie is just trying to figure out with her place in the world, and what she wants versus what the world expects her to be Really unique grandfather/granddaughter relationship- he treats her as an equal, and with intelligence and respect. Contains really beautiful and descriptive language.


28 1. The girls are from different cultural, racial, religious and family backgrounds, reflecting todays society. 2. Each girl has her own voice in the story, told through a different medium 3. Deals with situations relevant to girls- cliques, mean girls, the desire to fit in. Chick-lit with substance 4. Contains good lessons about tolerance and passing judgment on others 5. Breaks stereotypes- a computer wiz girl, and an aspiring film director character

29 Category 2- Middle School Grades 6-8


31 1. Realistic, and three dimensional girls with different personalities. 2. Deals with relevant issues to niddle-school girls- popularity,cliques, self-image, parents splitting up, perfect older siblings, etc… 3. The Sisterhood is legendary- they aspire to be them, but are not them, and are not the same. 4. More realistic than Sisterhood- the girls have to work at staying friends, and learn valuable lessons about the nature of true friendship 5. All 3 girls are smart, strong girls, who dont always make the right choices, but learn from them in the end.


33 Realistic portrayal of shifting middle-school friendships. Phoebe and her sisters have been raised to be strong, smart girls- their mother calls them Valkeries Strong family/sibling bonds In contrast to all of the stories about elite girls, Phoebe is forced to think about her attitudes toward money, and how it affects her popularity and friendship. Phoebe shifts from being a follower to being proactive, solving her problems herself


35 1. Authentic portrayal of young teen relationships with peers and boys 2. Good messages about body image 3. Main character demonstrates perseverance, creativity, and ingenuity. Good messages about working hard to achieve goals. 4. Humorous- its fluffy and its chick lit, but a departure from the lifestyles of the Rich and Famous books. Francie has more depth to her. 5. Main character is smart, and creative, and works hard at her baking, treating it as a business.


37 1. Both books fall under smart princess stories 2. Both girls decide to take charge their own destiny, instead of accepting the one given to them. 3. Feature girls in non-traditional roles. 4. The girls make their own choices about getting married- it is on their own terms and own time. 5. Contain messages about courage, perseverance, compassion, and leadership.


39 1. Role reversal- the maid is the heroine- strong, smart, capable, while the gentry she serves is helpless, selfish and weak. 2. Rich in detail and language- beautifully written 3. Incorporates subtext about classes while avoiding stereotypes and raises questions about the uneven nature of friendship. 4. Based on a tale from Brothers Grimm called Maid Maleen with a medieval Mongolian setting. 5. Heroine never gives up, and retains her belief in herself and the goodness of others no matter what misfortune befalls them. A powerful message.


41 1. Eona is fierce heroine, but also has realistic fears and shortcomings- shes a kick-butt heroine with flaws. 2. Book is inspired by history of ancient China and Japan, and the Chinese Zodiac. Good extension lessons 3. Themes of embracing your true self, and empowering women in a male centric world 4. Explores non-traditional gender roles 5. Female heros quest novel


43 1. Frankie is a kick butt kind of heroine-shes smart, sassy, shrewd, and is unwilling to follow the rules set out by boys 2. She turns the tables on the boys, and outsmarts them at every turn 3. Challenges girls images of themselves and their relationship to boys 4. Witty and smart writing, clever wordplay 5. Good messages about daring to be yourself, to stand up for yourself, and to step outside of your comfort zone. Good role model for girls

44 Category 3- Teen


46 1. Katsa and Fire are strong heroines, who learn to stand up for themselves and find the freedom to choose their own paths 2. Multi-layered, realistic and complex heroines who face and overcome obstacles 3. Challenges accepted roles for women- do not end up at the altar and marry the prince. Make their own choices and set their own terms, but still find love and happiness 4. Raises questions about gender politics and reactions to beauty 5. Both are highly complex fantasies with enough romance and intrigue to keep girls interested


48 1. Lucy is a realistic and likeable heroine- She is smart and strong, but fallible. 2. Its a story about positive relationships- between a daughter and parents, and a rock solid guy. 3. Its inspired by the ballad Scarborough Fair, which allows for comparisons studying the ballad 4. Strong messages about the power of love, loyalty and devotion to help achieve the impossible 5. Engaging and well-written


50 1. Heroines are easy to relate to- smart, independent, opinionated, no-nonsense, 2. Both heroines are proactive, and not damsel in distress. (Grace more so than Nora) 3. Both books examine different mythologies- Fallen Angels in Hush, Hush and Were lore in Shiver 4. Shiver in particular has beautiful, descriptive writing 5. Both books contain all of the elements that make paranormal romance so appealing, and have that star- crossed lovers sensibility


52 1. Before the accident, Mia is on the threshold of adulthood, faced with difficult choices about her future. Teens- particularly those looking at post-secondary education choices will relate 2. Deals with heavy emotional choices. If the people you love most are gone, and you have the choice, do you choose life? 3. Uses the theme of music as a way of connecting and relating to others 4. The parents are quirky, but not dysfunctional. Mia is the conservative one with a love of classical while her parents have a rebellious, punk-rock background, and the family is close. 5. its incredibly moving and beautiful, and perfect for girls who want a weeper. But not cheesy. A powerful book in a small package

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