{Review} A Tyranny of Petticoats – An Anthology of Girls in American History

Posted March 7, 2016 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

{Review} A Tyranny of Petticoats – An Anthology of Girls in American HistoryA Tyranny of Petticoats by Jessica Spotswood
Publisher: Candlewick Press (2016 - March 8)
eARC (368 pages)
Via: NetGalley
Reading Challenges: 2016 What's In A Name?, Read 2016


From an impressive sisterhood of YA writers comes an edge-of-your-seat anthology of historical fiction and fantasy featuring a diverse array of daring heroines.
Criss-cross America — on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains — from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They're making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.
With stories by:
J. Anderson Coats
Andrea Cremer
Y. S. Lee
Katherine Longshore
Marie Lu
Kekla Magoon
Marissa Meyer
Saundra Mitchell
Beth Revis
Caroline Richmond
Lindsay Smith
Jessica Spotswood
Robin Talley
Leslye Walton
Elizabeth Wein

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My Review

This is a collection of fifteen stories by various young adult authors. The characters are all strong young women from throughout the United States. They are historical pieces from before the Civil War through protesting the Vietnam War.

This collection tells some historical events and fantasizes some other events. We are able to heard from black girls, white girls, and girls of Chinese descent. Some girls are rich and some girls are poor. Some girls are looking for love while others are trying to alter the course of history.

There are some stories I didn’t want to end, some stories I would gladly read an entire novel about. Then there were some stories I wouldn’t necessarily want to continue. They wrapped up nicely. Then there were a few I didn’t particularly care for. This, however, is all part of anthologies. There are always some stories you will love and some you won’t.

This anthology is well put together in chronological order, from what I can tell. Some of the stories made me want to learn more about the time period they were set in. This is a great thing because it can encourage students to gain a greater interest in history. I know that I may well recommend this book to some of my students.

In all, this collection of short stories is really good. I enjoyed reading these stories and was introduced to some new authors as well. Thanks, Candlewick Press, for allowing me to read A Tyranny of Petticoats early!


I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley for
review consideration. This in no way affects my opinion of the title
nor the content of this review.

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