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I Am a Feminist
Claiming the F-Word in Turbulent Times
By (author): Monique Polak
9781459818927 Paperback, Trade, Flaps English Young Adult : Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Girls & Women May 07, 2019
$19.95 CAD
Active 6 x 8.5 x 0.68 in | 440 gr 176 pages 100 , 11 Colour illustrations, 1 , 1 Index FSC certified – mixed sources C013314 Orca Book Publishers
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2019, Commended Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's & Young Adult Literature 2019, Short-listed OLA Best Bets—Top Ten 2019, Commended Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2020, Commended
Feminism is not a done deal!

What is feminism? Why does it still matter? What exactly does intersectionality mean? In order to answer these (and many other) questions, I Am a Feminist first examines the history of feminism and then addresses the issues girls and women continue to face today. The book also looks at the ways in which people, especially young people, are working together to create a world where gender equality is a reality, not a dream. The author shares stories about the courageous individuals who have made a difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide. From suffragists to the #MeToo movement, I Am a Feminist encourages readers to stand up and speak out for equality and justice.

Monique Polak is the author of over twenty novels for kids and young adults. She has also written two nonfiction books for kids as well as a board book for toddlers. Monique teaches English literature, creative writing and humanities at Marianopolis College in Montreal.

Key Selling Points

Examines the history of feminism and then addresses the issues girls and women continue to face today.

Also looks at the ways in which people, especially young people, are working together to create a world where gender equality is a reality, not a dream.

Themes include: body image, FGMT, abortion, domestic violence, intersectionality, #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

Written in an engaging, conversational and highly accessible manner, the author addresses her learning curve, reflects on her past behaviour and notes patriarchy.

Author of bestselling 121 Express (2008), and most recently Planet Grief (2018),  Monique talks about how her experiences have shaped her into the feminist she is today.

Marketing and Promotional Plans

Print and online advertising campaigns

Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade

Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley, LibraryThing Early Reviewers and the YALSA YA Galley program

Blog and social media promotion

Festival Pitches

Niche marketing to associations and interest groups

Targeted media review and blogger review mailings

"Polak has written a book that is both approachable and interesting for young readers while providing thought-provoking statistics and examples…The book will have an intellectual appeal to many young adult readers, and it is also physically appealing." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"A conversational and engaging style…The extensive back matter will please researchers…A first purchase for larger libraries." - School Library Journal

"Polak's knowledgeable voice provides a simple yet comprehensive overview of key feminist issues, successfully highlighting the evolution of this social cause…This amply illustrated introduction will spark discussion among teens who wish to make a difference in their community." - Kirkus Reviews

"In light of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, this concise but comprehensive examination of feminism from all angles will appeal to young readers. With its engaging content and attractive layout, this title is sure to spark meaningful discussion. Highly Recommended." - School Library Connection

"A comprehensive exploration of the varied issues faced by today's girls and women…Polak speaks to her readers directly in a relaxed, relatable, conversational approach…An excellent grounding in what it means to be a feminist and a testament to the power of the movement to change things for the better." - Quill & Quire

"This nuanced book, which explores stories of real women working hard to change the world, will help passionate teenagers navigate life." - Booklist

“[Polak's] candid ability to delve into the minds of young adults, engaging style, and conversational tone should spark further discussion without fear of reprisals...A must for all young people and teachers.” - New York Journal of Books

? “Engaging and conversational...Not only fascinating and passionately written, but it would serve as an excellent tool for teachers who want to introduce feminism to their classes." - Canadian Children's Book News, starred review

“Well-informed on the evolving issues that feminism is being called to address.” - Resource Links

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Choosing to Live, Choosing to Die Nikki Tate 9781459818897 $19.95 CAD Sep 17, 2019


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