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Summer Reading 2018

Home Page for Summer Reading 2018, including book selection guide, topic support materials, and more!

Why Choose This Book?

Moxie, by Jennifer Mathieu (2017)

"Moxie Girls Fight Back"

"Vivian’s mom was a rebel. In the nineties, she followed her favorite punk-rock bands across the Pacific Northwest and championed the Riot Grrrl movement.... Vivian, raised in East Rockport, Texas, where high-school football stars are king and their bad behavior is excused by a blind-eyed administration, is a mild-mannered good girl. But when she witnesses a sexist incident in class, she is disturbed. One trip to a copy store later, and Moxie is born: an anonymous, Riot Grrrl–inspired zine that contains both a diatribe and a call to action. These actions start small, but as more girls become involved, the movement grows, protesting everything from an unfairly enforced dress code to sexual harassment."  --Booklist, Starred Review.

Read This Book If...

  • You want to read about Teens who have had #Enough and take action that leads to change.
  • You want a story that tackles a heavy topic (Sexism, Misogyny, Patriarchy) in an empowering way.
  • You want a story with some Portland/PNW connections.
  • You think dress codes unfairly target female students and wonder what can be done about it
  • Music and music culture is important  or inspiring to you.

More About the Book

Riot Grrl: The 90s Movement that Redefined Punk


How To: Make a 'Zine


Kirkus Review Controversy

A review of Moxie by the review publication Kirkus caused controversy when it claimed that the book might alienate male readers, saying the book: ..." occasionally fails to consider that changing a culture of misogyny requires educating and embracing support from members of all genders"

Read the Kirkus Review Here

Theme-based Questions for Any Book on the Reading List

Theme-based Guided Questions for All Books

Consider these questions as you are reading your book. Having answers to them, with quotations from the book (cite the  page number) as supporting evidence will be very helpful when it is time to discuss and assess your reading.

Before you start reading ... How do you (the reader) define "justice"?

While you read the book
  • How did your book define "justice", and what evidence could you provide to support that definition?
  • Did your own perception of justice or injustice change as you read your book, and if so, how?"

In each book one or more issues of social injustice is present (ex. Racism, Sexism, Poverty,  etc.).  Be prepared to list specific examples and events from your book. These injustices often lead to conflicts between people (person vs person) and society or cultures (person vs society).

Consider also:
  • How are the characters or people in the book affected by injustice?
  • What conflicts arise between people and the society or culture surrounding them?
  • How are the injustices connected? (if you see more than one injustice in the book)
  • How are the injustices addressed? How are the conflicts resolved?
    • How did you feel about the way the injustices were addressed and/or the conflicts resolved?
    • Would you suggest another way to address the injustices or resolve the conflicts?
Consider also:
  • are they the main characters of the story, other people, both?
  • are they those who have suffered injustice? Direct witnesses of injustice? Well-meaning outsiders?
  • What finally inspires them to action?  What obstacles stand in their way?
  • What conflicts do those who take action face?
Consider also:
  • Are they large actions, small actions? Local? National? International?
  • How do they attempt to address or make changes to the injustice?
  • How are those actions received? Do they generate any conflicts?
  • What is their impact on culture or society?
  • What challenges are faced in taking action?

Similar Books in our Library

Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine?

This book is for anyone who wants to create their own zine. It's for learning tips and tricks from contributors who have been at the forefront of the zine movement. It's for learning how to design and print your own zine so you can put it in others' hands. It's for anyone who has something to say

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

Before Carrie Brownstein became a music icon, she was a young girl growing up in the Pacific Northwest just as it was becoming the setting for one the most important movements in rock history. Seeking a sense of home and identity, she would discover both while moving from spectator to creator in experiencing the power and mystery of a live performance. With Sleater-Kinney, Brownstein and her bandmates rose to prominence in the burgeoning underground feminist punk-rock movement that would define music and pop culture in the 1990s.

The Nowhere Girls

The Latte Rebellion

Asha Jamison and her best friend Carey, inspired by a racial insult, set off on a money-making trip, selling t-shirts to raise awareness for mixed-race students.

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

A scrapbook-style teen guide to understanding what it really means to be a feminist.

A Brief History of Feminism


"... an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman. Stories of abuse, humiliation, and stereotyping are countered by the voices of passionate women making themselves heard and demanding change."

When The Rules Aren't Right

This is a graphic novel for all ages. ... When the Rules Aren't Right offers readers a look at the struggle of workers -- let's them stand in the middle of the action and watch ordinary people achieving extraordinary things.

The Radical Element

"An anthology of historical short stories features a diverse array of girls standing up for themselves and their beliefs, forging their own paths while resisting society's expectations"--OCLC.

Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

Laurel Ulrich examines the meaning behind the slogan she inadvertently created, "Well-behaved women seldom make history," exploring what it means to make history and how women have achieved power and influence throughout history.

33 Revolutions per Minute

Profiles thirty-three protest songs that have had a significant impact on world culture from the 1930s through the early twenty-first century.


A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.

Girl rising : changing the world one girl at a time

Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls' education, created a film that chronicled the stories of nine girls in the developing world, allowing viewers the opportunity to witness how education can break the cycle of poverty. Now, award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone deftly uses new research to illuminate the dramatic facts behind the film, focusing both on the girls captured on camera and many others.


When her best friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits in her small North Carolina town.

Women's Lives - Men's Laws

A collection of writings in which Catharine MacKinnon presents her approach to reframing the laws of men on the basis of the lives of women.

We Should All Be Feminists

Women of Courage

Gale - Opposing Viewpoints

Topic Pages from GALE Opposing Viewpoints in Context & Global Issues in Context

The following issues are among those that are evident in the books on the Summer Reading List.  Each term below links to a topic page on GALE Opposing Viewpoints in Context or Global Issues in Context, which are databases that contain: viewpoint essays; newspaper, magazine, and academic journal articles; reference sources;  primary source documents; and more.

Passwords for Off-Campus GALE Database use are available on Canvas.