Young women find themselves in precarious situations, and must decide whether or not to take the risk to step up to the fight—whether against an active shooter, a corrupt regime, or the high school principal—in these three novels. In April Henry’s Run Hide Fight Back, a group of six teens are trapped when a deadly shooting breaks out a Portland shopping mall that forces each of them to confront their own secrets. (Henry describes the inspiration as Die Hard meets The Breakfast Club.) Tehlor Kay Mejia’s fantasy debut, We Set the Dark on Fire, introduces Dani, a society wife-in-training who is recruited by rebel spies and falls for her biggest rival. Renée Watson is the co-writer of Watch Us Rise, about two best friends who find their voices and stand up and speak out when their Women’s Rights Club is shut down by their high school. Moderated by Emily Suvada, author of the This Mortal Coil series.
High Stakes: Rebellion & Resistance
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