Publisher: Hodder

If Vivian Carter hears one more obnoxious teen boy in her school tell a girl to make them a sandwich, or some other sexist, silencing comment, she’s going to scream. Worse, the misogynistic culture at her school seems to be ignored and even enabled by the headteacher.

One day, when Viv finds feminist Riot Grrrl zines in her mum’s wardrobe, she’s inspired to make her own: Moxie. But Viv has no idea when she begins to distribute them anonymously that they will have such an effect on her friendships, the school and her love life.

This essential addition to the current (and very welcome) wave of feminist books for teens takes its inspiration from the influential Riot Grrrl movement inspired by icon Kathleen Hanna and her band Bikini Kill. Along with music, one of Riot Grrrl’s favoured modes of resistance against sexism was zine-making, adopting the punk DIY ethos to make subversive, handmade publications. Jennifer Mathieu expertly takes the Riot Grrrl aesthetic and philosophy and translates it into a modern story for teens who are, unfortunately, still experiencing the misogyny that Hanna and her compatriots fought in the 90s.

The book does contain swearing, in keeping with the rebellious spirit of the Riot Grrrl movement.

More books like this

What is Masculinity? Why Does it Matter? And Other Big Questions

Author: Jeffrey Boakye and Darren Chetty with artwork by Oli Frape (Design by Rocket Design)

This timely and excellent book explores what it means to be a man in today’s society. It poses thought-provoking questions to develop readers' critical thinking skills, and will give them the confidence to question conventions and stereotypes. 

Read more about What is Masculinity? Why Does it Matter? And Other Big Questions

Ethel & Ernest

Author: Raymond Briggs

Ethel & Ernest tells the story of Raymond Briggs' parents, from 1928 to their deaths in the 70s - spanning a period of great social change for the country. Although your eyes will mist up by the end, you'll also wear a big, tender smile.

Read more about Ethel & Ernest

Share this book with your friends

Use our Bookfinder to discover the perfect children's books for every age...