An engaging entry point to the lives of significant women.


A visually lively survey of some wonderful, changemaking women of the world.

Based on a feature that ran in Wonder Woman comic books in the mid-20th century, this anthology collects short biographical comics of women who have had a positive impact on the world. These sketches are organized into five sections: Strength, Compassion, Justice, Truth, and Equality. Among the 24 subjects are those whose influence has shaped science, politics, social reforms, entertainment, sports, and more. Figures likely familiar to readers, such as Beyoncé, Malala Yousafzai, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, share the pages with remarkable lesser-known women like Teara Fraser (Métis), the CEO of Indigenous- and woman-owned Iskwew Airlines, and Nigerian scientist and climate change activist Francisca Nneka Okeke. The authors and illustrators likewise include a broad array of voices, including popular and beloved voices such as Danielle Paige, Traci Sorell, Kami Garcia, and Marieke Nijkamp. Narratively and artistically, the stories vary in style but are united by the overarching theme. While the biographies are short—each section opens with a single-page introduction to a woman who exemplifies the thematic trait, followed by more in-depth profiles of six to eight pages each—the book serves as a compelling introduction to many real Wonder Women around the globe, and the celebratory, galvanizing tone will inspire further research and action. Subjects and creators alike range widely in race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, and gender identity.

An engaging entry point to the lives of significant women. (contributor biographies) (Graphic nonfiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: Sept. 28, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-77950-378-7

Page Count: 200

Publisher: DC

Review Posted Online: Oct. 21, 2021

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Small but mighty necessary reading.


From the Pocket Change Collective series

A miniature manifesto for radical queer acceptance that weaves together the personal and political.

Eli, a cis gay white Jewish man, uses his own identities and experiences to frame and acknowledge his perspective. In the prologue, Eli compares the global Jewish community to the global queer community, noting, “We don’t always get it right, but the importance of showing up for other Jews has been carved into the DNA of what it means to be Jewish. It is my dream that queer people develop the same ideology—what I like to call a Global Queer Conscience.” He details his own isolating experiences as a queer adolescent in an Orthodox Jewish community and reflects on how he and so many others would have benefitted from a robust and supportive queer community. The rest of the book outlines 10 principles based on the belief that an expectation of mutual care and concern across various other dimensions of identity can be integrated into queer community values. Eli’s prose is clear, straightforward, and powerful. While he makes some choices that may be divisive—for example, using the initialism LGBTQIAA+ which includes “ally”—he always makes clear those are his personal choices and that the language is ever evolving.

Small but mighty necessary reading. (resources) (Nonfiction. 14-18)

Pub Date: June 2, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-09368-9

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: March 29, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2020

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A powerful reminder of a history that is all too timely today.

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A beautifully heart-wrenching graphic-novel adaptation of actor and activist Takei’s (Lions and Tigers and Bears, 2013, etc.) childhood experience of incarceration in a World War II camp for Japanese Americans.

Takei had not yet started school when he, his parents, and his younger siblings were forced to leave their home and report to the Santa Anita Racetrack for “processing and removal” due to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066. The creators smoothly and cleverly embed the historical context within which Takei’s family’s story takes place, allowing readers to simultaneously experience the daily humiliations that they suffered in the camps while providing readers with a broader understanding of the federal legislation, lawsuits, and actions which led to and maintained this injustice. The heroes who fought against this and provided support to and within the Japanese American community, such as Fred Korematsu, the 442nd Regiment, Herbert Nicholson, and the ACLU’s Wayne Collins, are also highlighted, but the focus always remains on the many sacrifices that Takei’s parents made to ensure the safety and survival of their family while shielding their children from knowing the depths of the hatred they faced and danger they were in. The creators also highlight the dangerous parallels between the hate speech, stereotyping, and legislation used against Japanese Americans and the trajectory of current events. Delicate grayscale illustrations effectively convey the intense emotions and the stark living conditions.

A powerful reminder of a history that is all too timely today. (Graphic memoir. 14-adult)

Pub Date: July 16, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-60309-450-4

Page Count: 208

Publisher: Top Shelf Books

Review Posted Online: Aug. 5, 2019

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