Algonquin Young Readers Girlhood: Teens around the World in Their Own Voices
Algonquin Young Readers Girlhood: Teens around the World in Their Own Voices

Girlhood: Teens around the World in Their Own Voices

By Masuma Ahuja

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Publication Date: February 9, 2021

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Ages 12 to 18, Grades 7 to 13

Thirty girls in twenty-seven countries share diary entries and photographs in this celebration of the day-to-day lives of ordinary girls around the world.

What does a teenage girl dream about in Nigeria or New York? How does she spend her days in Mongolia, the Midwest, and the Middle East?

All around the world, girls are going to school, working, dreaming up big futures—they are soccer players and surfers, ballerinas and chess champions. Yet we know so little about their daily lives. We often hear about challenges and catastrophes in the news, and about exceptional girls who make headlines. But even though the health, education, and success of girls so often determines the future of a community, we don’t know more about what life is like for the ordinary girls, the ones living outside the headlines.

From the Americas to Europe to Africa to Asia to the South Pacific, the thirty teens from twenty-seven countries in Girlhood share their own stories of growing up through diary entries and photographs, and the girls’ stories are put in context with reporting and research that helps us understand the circumstances and communities they live in. This full-color, exuberantly designed volume is a portrait of ordinary girlhood around the world, and of the world, as seen through girls’ eyes.

About the Author

Masuma Ahuja is a journalist who calls three countries home and reports on people, power, and politics around the world. Her work focuses primarily on women’s and girls’ lives. She was previously a producer at CNN and national digital editor at the Washington Post. She uses words, photos, and emerging media to report and tell stories. Her projects have ranged from long-form stories to sending disposable cameras to women in more than a dozen countries to document their days to crowdsourcing voice mails from Americans about the impact of the 2016 election on their lives. She was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2014.

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 208 pages

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Publication Date: February 9, 2021

ISBN: 9781643750118

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