A new fantasy series opener from Finland, an anthology of influential contemporary thinkers, and a memoir and self-help guide from Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik are just some of a new crop of titles for teens that explore the issues and history of feminism.

Maresi (The Red Abbey Chronicles #1)

By Maria Turtschaninoff (Abrams/Amulet, Jan. 22, hardcover, $17.95, ISBN 978-1-4197-2269-1)

The first volume in Turtschaninoff’s novel has earned major awards in its native Finland, including the top prize for children’s literature, the Finlandia Junior Award. The novel is set in an abbey that operates as a haven from abuse and oppression for girls, but the inhabitants must confront the dangers of the outside world when a novice with a dark past arrives. 

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

Edited by Kelly Jensen (Algonquin Young Readers, Jan. 24, paperback, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-61620-586-7)

Book Riot editor Jensen gathers together pieces from 44 authors, celebrities, artists, and more that discuss issues of importance to feminist thought, including body positivity, diversity, gender identity, and strong female friendships.  

Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time

By Tanya Lee Stone (Random House/Wendy Lamb, Feb. 14, hardcover, $22.99, ISBN 978-0-553-51146-8)

A full-color, oversized book that chronicles the work of Girl Rising, an organization that campaigns for girls’ education worldwide. The book delves into the facts behind the 2013 documentary film about the movement.

Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular

By Mayim Bialik (Philomel, May 9, hardcover, $18.99, ISBN 978-0-399-54860-4)

Bialik, known for her roles on Blossom and The Big Bang Theory, also holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience, and puts her wit and wisdom to use in this self-help book that aims to inspire girls to become strong, smart, self-possessed women. 

The Making of Mollie

By Anna Carey (O’Brien, May 15, paperback, $13, ISBN 978-1-84717-847-3)

In this historical novel, when 14-year-old Mollie from Drumcondra, Ireland, discovers that her sister is an active member of the suffragist movement, she and her friends join the fight as well. 


By Jennifer Mathieu (Roaring Brook, Sep. 19, hardcover, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-62672-635-2)

Looking ahead toward feminist titles due out in the fall, Mathieu’s second novel follows a teen who is inspired by the riot grrrl movement of the 1990s and sparks a feminist movement at her own Texas high school. The book is already optioned for film by Amy Poehler’s production company, and in support of the book, the publisher has launched a feminist-themed Tumblr, Moxie Girls Fight Back