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Young Adult Nonfiction Women

Born A Girl

It Takes Courage

by (author) Alice Dussutour

translated by David Warriner

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2024
Women, Civil & Human Rights, Sociology
Recommended Age
12 to 18
Recommended Grade
8 to 12
Recommended Reading age
12 to 18
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2024
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2024
    List Price

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“This informative and inspiring offering should help teens assert their rights.”— Booklist, starred review

When you’re born a girl, some parts of the world are kinder places to grow up in than others.

Meet Kaneila, Jade, Mahnoosh, Makena and Luisa. They are five girls in five different countries whose lives are overshadowed by violence and injustice, just because they are female. These girls navigate the challenges and horrors of period poverty, female genital mutilation, lack of access to education, body shaming and femicide. The stories are heartbreaking but also inspiring, as the girls are surrounded by people who bring hope and speak out for equality.

Following each story is a section that explains the real-life circumstances for girls in many parts of the world, important terms, and what girls and women are doing to take action today.

For these girls, their individual experiences of being born a girl may be different, but their desire for freedom and equality is universal.

About the authors

Alice Dussutour is a French illustrator and author. Her work is colorful, feminist and joyful. After studying art direction for five years, she developed her passion for illustration and published her first book, Naître fille, the original French version of Born A Girl, in 2022. Alice lives in Paris.

Alice Dussutour's profile page

David Warriner grew up in the UK and escaped to Quebec right after graduating from Oxford. A professional translator for nearly two decades, David nurtures a healthy passion for Quebec fiction and has translated a range of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s fiction titles by Quebec authors for British and Canadian publishers. He lives in Penticton, British Columbia.

David Warriner's profile page

Editorial Reviews

★“Engaging artwork belies the series content of the book, a look at five contemporary misogynistic cultural practices…Each character does stand up for herself and finds support through other women. This informative and inspiring offering should help teens assert their rights.”

Booklist, starred review

“Saturated, vibrantly colored illustrations highlight the girls and symbolic items in their life. The book celebrates those who are working for change from within their cultures. Celebrates girls’ resilience, courage, and initiative.”

Kirkus Reviews

“These topics, while uncomfortable, are necessary for today’s youth to know of…Difficult but necessary, this work is both triggering and empowering.”

School Library Journal (SLJ)

“[Explores] important issues that everyone, regardless of gender, should be familiar with. The experiences of each girl and the barriers the girls face can seem insurmountable, but the critical analysis and cultural change that is needed, or is already happening, found at the end of each story provides inspiration and hope and drives home the message that change and work toward gender equality are everyone’s responsibility. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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