A Tyranny of Petticoats

A Tyranny of Petticoats

15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls

Book - 2016
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An anthology of historical fiction and fantasy short stories features a diverse array of daring heroines making their way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals to face down everything from murderers to marriage proposals.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2016
Characteristics: xi, 354 pages ; 24 cm
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763678487
Call Number: TEEN 813.010806 TYRANNY


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Tales from some of the best authors of YA fiction feature bold-faced bank robbers, ball-busting debutantes, and adventurous and outrageous women. Story settings span 1700's to the 1960's.

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ChristchurchTeens Sep 01, 2020

A collection of American historical adventures starring heaps of gutsy girls facing down the world!

Mar 28, 2020

This anthology of 15 short stories portrays young women from all walks of life throughout American history. The protagonists include a pirate, a Civil War spy, a bank robber, a fortune teller, and an aspiring aviator. The cast is also incredibly diverse, with characters who are black, white, mixed-race, Asian, and Native American, rich and poor, straight and lesbian. All of them are brave and strong (even if they don't feel that way) and overcome societal challenges and obstacles by being true to themselves.

Spotswood has brought together a diverse team of authors to tell a hugely diverse group of stories that show that the more things change the more they stay the same, and that girls in the past are just like girls now, no matter their circumstances or backgrounds. With vivid characters and powerful storytelling, this anthology brings history and women's issues to life in a unique way.

Oct 19, 2018

I enjoyed this book and the range of settings, characters, and 'voices' (different writers and styles) in this book. It was disappointing that all of the stories are set in the US even though at least one author was Canadian - why do some Americans think the only stories worth telling are theirs? Aside from that factor, I did enjoy the read and will look up the next book in this series.

Jul 17, 2017

This book is made up 15 short stories that are inspired by events and people throughout history. Some of the stories were more exciting than the others, but there was a few good ones among them. Still a good read for those who like historical fiction.


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