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Contributor(s): Mathieu, Jennifer
ISBN: 1626726353     ISBN-13: 9781626726352
Publisher: Roaring Brook
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: September 2017
Annotation: In a small Texas town where high school football reigns supreme, Viv, sixteen, starts a feminist revolution using anonymously-written zines.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Feminism; Fiction.
High schools; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2016057288
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.25" (0.95 lbs) 330 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 192052
Reading Level: 5.3   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 12.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q72114
Reading Level: 5.5   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 19.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
Male administrators--and the male football players they love to pamper--rule sixteen-year-old Vivian Carter's conservative Texas high school. One day Vivian cracks; the "dutiful" girl becomes a "Moxie Girl." Channeling her rage, Vivian pens and distributes an anonymous zine, Moxie, that addresses the school's systemic misogyny. Mathieu keeps the pace brisk and the stakes climbing in this approachable, empowering story of modern teen activism. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2017 #6)
At sixteen-year-old Vivian Carter's conservative Texas high school, male administrators--and the male football players they love to pamper--rule the school. Teachers are encouraged to crack down on female students' minor dress code violations but don't bat an eye when the football team wears shirts emblazoned with vulgar jokes, much less when the boys yell "make me a sandwich" at girls who speak up in class or when they play "bump-and-grab" in the halls. It's infuriating, but Vivian is a "nice girl"--she and her girlfriends roll their eyes and try to ignore it. Until one day Vivian cracks, and a "dutiful" girl becomes a "Moxie Girl." Channeling her rage, Vivian pens and distributes an anonymous zine, Moxie, that addresses her school's systemic misogyny directly. Vivian's underground revolution follows an escalating pattern--boys behave badly, Vivian (via Moxie) calls for displays of solidarity and resistance, and the girls face unfair consequences. Vivian often looks to her former Riot Grrrl mother and her new feminist friend, Lucy, for guidance; when their conversations broach the more nuanced aspects of feminism--intersectionality, male allies, and more--their dialogue often feels wooden and didactic. Mathieu, however, keeps the pace brisk and the stakes climbing in this approachable, empowering story of modern teen activism. jessica tackett macdonald Copyright 2017 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 July #2)

At Viv's Texas high school, no one stops the boys from wearing T-shirts that degrade women, while girls get sent home for minor dress code violations. Boys—mainly football jocks—harass girls in classes and corridors without consequence. Viv, a junior, is used to it, but one day she decides that enough is enough. Inspired by her mother's days as a rebellious Riot Grrrl, Viv creates and circulates issues of Moxie, a girl-power zine, at school. More girls take Moxie-endorsed action with each issue, and because Viv hasn't owned up to being behind it, other girls get into the act and things snowball. Mathieu (Afterward) isn't going for nuance: the jocks are total jerks, the all-male administration is unfailingly sexist, and the Moxie spirit crosses cliques and racial boundaries with an intersectional ease that can be elusive in real life. But seeing the girls changing their definitions of what's acceptable as they become radicalized is satisfying and moving, both for Viv and for readers. If it's depressing that Viv has to reach back to the '90s for models, perhaps this unapologetically feminist book will help change that. Ages 12–up. Agent: Kerry Sparks, Levine Greenberg Rostan. (Sept.)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 July)

Gr 8 Up—This novel is full of wit, insight, and moxie. Vivian is the dutiful daughter of a former 1990s Riot Grrl. While her mom raged against the machine and published feminist zines in her youth, Viv prefers getting good grades and keeping a low profile. That is, until things at her small town's high school go too far. There are double standards for football players and everyone else, arbitrary dress code crackdowns that apply only to girls, and covered-up assaults happening right in the hallways. Vivian and her friends band together and decide they've had enough, but how can they push back without risking expulsion by a corrupt school administration? This is a fun, fresh, and inspiring read for anyone looking for a teenage take on modern feminism. Vivian gradually, and realistically, realizes how troubling sexism is, showing a great deal of introspection, which will likely appeal to readers who might not identify as feminists and those who already do. The author also takes care to include girls of color and boys in the novel's many conversations around the topic, emphasizing the importance of intersectional feminism. VERDICT Highly recommended for all teens, but especially those who would enjoy realistic coming-of-age fiction with female empowerment.—Emily Grace Le May, Providence Community Library

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.