Examining 'historical fiction, contemporary realism, and literature of the fantastic,' this book shows how these genres offer new images of girlhood for their readers. Anyone interested in girls' literature will find this an absorbing, thoughtful study, one that sheds new light on contemporary young adult literature and gender issues. CHOICE A fascinating, illuminating study that would be a fine addition to all academic and large public libraries. Booklist Readable and lucid...highly recommended for all those working with teens and their literature as well as for students in undergraduate and graduate courses. VOYA This book is a wonderful tool for those working with adolescent girls, particularly teachers of English literature. The book offers a welcome perspective to adolescent development and empowerment. Those working with adolescent females will find the book useful for finding books that will inspire and communicate to today's young girls. The Children's Literature Program ...a wonderful overview of books published in the last decade or so that feature 'spunky, fiery, empowered girls' as protagonists. The book is a fantastic resource for everyone...this book does an excellent job... Feminist Collections: A Quarterly Of Women's Studies Resources, Vol. 28, No. 2 (Winter 2007) A valuable exploration of the topic. School Library Journal
Uncovers and traces the development of the young female protagonist from the role of submissive fairy-tale maiden to the spunkier more independent girls who now appear with increasing frequency in young adult literature. Focuses on American titles written in a time when young adult fiction began to adapt to the post-modern directions already established in fiction for adults. It is a unique exploration of characters portrayed with wit, intelligence, and will, reinforcing attributes seldom seen in earlier works about females. This next generation of heroines is the model with which today's readers can readily identify. With an annotated list of titles for suggested reading following each chapter, Declarations of Independence is the ideal resource for parents, middle and high school teachers and librarians. It should be a fixture in every public and undergraduate school library.