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Can anybody recommend any fiction that deals with women's rights and the suffragettes, birth control, abuse issues, The kicker is that it must be a Canadian or North American setting. Ideally, the plot would centre around a woman's personal struggle with any of these issues.

Thanks in advance. I'm helping out our school librarian!

#1 - February 17, 2012, 11:01 AM
HANNAH & THE SPINDLE WHORL  (Ronsdale, 2010)
HANNAH & THE SALISH SEA (Ronsdale, 2013)
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This one, 'A Time for Courage' (from the Dear America series), about a 13-year-old girl: http://www.amazon.com/Time-Courage-Suffragette-Kathleen-Washington/dp/0590511416   Until I read your last comment, I was also going to mention A S Byatt's 'The Children's Book', which also touches on suffrage for women -- but in the U.K.
#2 - February 17, 2012, 11:48 AM

What age range?

Here's a YA/upper MG set in Canada: Mable Riley: a reliable record of humdrum, peril, and romance by Marthe Jocelyn
#3 - February 17, 2012, 12:18 PM
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These aren't all fiction, but they may give you a start...

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (American Workers by Donna Getzinger

Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Marrin

Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way by Sue Macy

Wheel Within a Wheel by Frances Willard

How I Learned to Ride the Bicycle: Reflections of an Influential 19th Century Woman by Frances E. Willard (Author), Carol O'Hare (Editor)

Lyddie by Katherine Paterson (Fiction)

Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson (Fiction)

Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop (fiction)

Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor by Russell Freedman (Author), Lewis Hine (Photographer)
#4 - February 17, 2012, 01:03 PM
You must do the things you think you cannot do.  Eleanor Roosevelt

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Here is the Indexed links on the KidLit Celebrates Woman's History Blog: There might be a few titles here.

http://kidlitwhm.blogspot.com/p/index.html
#5 - February 17, 2012, 01:32 PM
Stained Glass Summer, Musa Publishing
Weaving Magic, YA Romance
Finders Keepers--MeeGenius Publishing
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I also recommend you check out the Amelia Bloomer Project, which celebrates the best feminist books for children:
http://libr.org/ftf/bloomer.html (This will take you to the booklists for the last 10 years.)

http://ameliabloomer.wordpress.com/ (This will take you to the blog, which has some more information about the mission and the books.)

The books aren't all historical (the list includes titles like GRACELING and BEAUTY QUEENS), but historical/topical books are chosen frequently (there are a couple on this year's list).

Good luck!
#6 - February 17, 2012, 02:04 PM

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off the top of my head: THE YEAR WE WERE FAMOUS by Carole Etsby Dagg, and A NORTHERN LIGHT by Jennifer Donnelly. Both YA.
#7 - February 17, 2012, 02:13 PM
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Wow. Thank you so much, everyone! Very much appreciated!
#8 - February 17, 2012, 05:42 PM
HANNAH & THE SPINDLE WHORL  (Ronsdale, 2010)
HANNAH & THE SALISH SEA (Ronsdale, 2013)
http://carolanneshaw.com

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off the top of my head: THE YEAR WE WERE FAMOUS by Carole Etsby Dagg, and A NORTHERN LIGHT by Jennifer Donnelly. Both YA.

I just saw those two in my boxes and totally forgot about them!
#9 - February 18, 2012, 02:37 PM
You must do the things you think you cannot do.  Eleanor Roosevelt

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