Girls Take Over the World and Premier New Books
Four Young Adult (YA) authors are taking their female empowerment message through the Midwest on the Girls Take Over the World (GTOW) book tour.
“We spend a lot of time waiting,” said Saundra Mitchell, author of Shadowed Summer and The Vespertine. “Waiting to be called on, waiting to be asked out, waiting to be invited—it’s time to stop waiting and start doing! We’re all amazing in our own ways and we shouldn’t be afraid to say so!”
Mitchell and her colleagues Lara Zielin, Rhonda Stapleton, and Christine Johnson are road tripping on two ultimate girls weekends to promote their books and encourage young women to be powerful.
“To me, GTOW is exciting,” said Stapleton. “How often do we get to celebrate the strength and resilience that comes with being a girl?”
Stapleton’s Stupid Cupid series explores the relationships between friends and more-than-friends, and what love and friendship really mean. The world of crushing—both the good and the bad—come to light in the series.
The tour will be two separate weekends: August 5-7 the girls will be on their Northern leg, visiting places in Michigan and Northern Indiana. The Southern leg, August 25-27, will go through Southern Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.
There are two new releases for the tour: The Implosion of Aggie Winchester, by Zielin, and Nocturne, by Johnson.
The Implosion of Aggie Winchester is the newest of Zielin’s novels. Aggie Winchester has never really made her own decisions, but when a series of trying events implodes her world—and her façade—she has no choice but to step forward and find out who she really is. It’s an easy read for teenagers coming of age and trying to grow proud in their skin.
Nocturne is another fantasy werewolf novel where this time, all wolves are women. They are physically powerful in both of their worlds, but all of them struggle to balance their lives—something I’m sure we can all relate to. The werewolf/vampire/fantasy theme has been played out, but this feminist girl-power novel is great for young women feeling pulled in 20 directions. As adults, we pretend that the straddling of life’s multi-dimensions gets easier, but really we supplement with coping mechanisms. This novel helps young girls begin to figure it all out and create strategies of their own.
The themes are obvious and unoriginal, but instead of convention, these authors choose innovation and revolve their books around the girls and every aspect of their lives to emphasize their point.
“One of the best parts about my job is that I get to create worlds, and strong girls to live in them, too!” Johnson is excited to spread her messages and share her worlds with eager adolescents in the Midwest and throughout the country.
“MY girls are taking over MY worlds, one story at a time.”
Girls Take Over the World Book Tour Dates:
Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, MI
Summer’s Stories in Kendallville, IN
Barnes and Noble Livonia in Northville, MI
Mudsock Books in Indianapolis, IN
Carrico/Ft. Thomas Branch of Campbell County Public Library in Ft. Thomas, KY
Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore in Cincinnati, OH
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