A Tyranny Of Petticoats: 15 Stories Of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls by Jessica SpotswoodA Tyranny Of Petticoats: 15 Stories Of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls by Jessica Spotswood

A Tyranny Of Petticoats: 15 Stories Of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls

EditorJessica Spotswood

Hardcover | March 8, 2016

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From an impressive sisterhood of YA writers comes an edge-of-your-seat anthology of historical fiction and fantasy featuring a diverse array of daring heroines.

Crisscross America — on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains — from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They're making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.

With stories by:

J. Anderson Coats
Andrea Cremer
Y. S. Lee
Katherine Longshore
Marie Lu
Kekla Magoon
Marissa Meyer
Saundra Mitchell
Beth Revis
Caroline Richmond
Lindsay Smith
Jessica Spotswood
Robin Talley
Leslye Walton
Elizabeth Wein
Jessica Spotswood is the author of the Cahill Witch Chronicles, a historical fantasy trilogy. She grew up near the Gettysburg battlefield, in Pennsylvania, but now lives in Washington, D.C., where she works for the District of Columbia Public Library system as a children's library associate.
Title:A Tyranny Of Petticoats: 15 Stories Of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass GirlsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.31 × 6.38 × 1.25 inPublished:March 8, 2016Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0763678481

ISBN - 13:9780763678487


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A beautiful Anthology The stories were great, and I love the strong female characters!
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome anthology I originally picked this up because my favourite author is one of the contributors, but I ended up enjoying all the other stories just as much if not more than hers. This is an awesome collection of historical fiction short stories about strong and courageous women by 15 talented female authors, each of whom have a specific reason for choosing the era in which she wrote. Very inspiring!
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Favourite Anthology This is my favourite female driven anthology to date. It is historical fiction, with 15 stories organized by date ranging from 1710 to 1968, from a fantastic group of authors. There are stories of assassins and pirates, ghosts and bank robbers, schoolteachers and hippies, all while also covering historically relevant topics like war, the slave trade, gold mining, race and gender inequality and more. I highly recommend. Mother Carey's Tale by J. Anderson Coats 2.5 stars This tale wasn't as well written or compelling as expected to kick off this collection of stories. The pirate ship setting was intriguing and I had a strong emotional response to the the middle portion of the story, but it went downhill from there. "All I can do is wonder what the little souls are trying to warn us of, since birds of this kind never just appear." The Journey by Marie Lu 4 stars This felt like a story you'd hear sitting around a campfire, a powerful tale of a young woman's perseverance after losing her parents. A story without magic but that felt very magical. "Father had taught me what he would have taught a son, and Mother had taught me what a daughter should know. The thought kept me warm, even as I looked at the bleak trek ahead." Madeleine's Choice by Jessica Spotswood 2 stars There's something about a many authored anthology that almost always results in the weakest story being by the editor, the person who collected the stories. Maybe it's due to their story being what inspires the making of the collaboration and so the author is too committed to their story that it's hard to look at it objectively. Or perhaps the effort that got put into editing the rest of the collection left no time to write their own. Either way, I appreciated the conversation about race, family, expectations and marriage in this time period, but overall it felt very unoriginal and incomplete. "How many times have my parents told me that our good name is all we have? That we may be free, but we are still judged by the color of our skin and the curl in our hair?" El Destinos by Leslye Walton 4 stars As expected, Walton's story is of the other-worldly sort. It felt incredibly unique and told the story of 3 sisters that held and controlled the literal threads of every human life. "But that's the thing about monsters; we're often in place you don't expect. Or want." High Stakes by Andrea Cremer 2.5 stars This story wasn't as compelling as a lot of the others in the anthology. It had the potential to be more entertaining, with it's diverse cast of characters (vampires, goblins, wolves etc.) and the idea of "The Game" but it felt underdeveloped. Perhaps as a stand alone novel, or even a series, it could have been great."But those who've had the privilege to see - do they find your secret to be marvelous?" The Red Raven Ball by Caroline Tung Richmond 3 stars A teenage girl entrusted to seek out a confederate spy. It had potential, the descriptions were well written, but there was no time to get emotionally connected enough to care about any of the dramatics and reveals. This could have benefited from being a full length novel instead of a short story. "I've no intention of catching a fiance or even a beau at our ball. Instead, I intend to catch a spy." Pearls by Beth Revis 5 stars This is a story about female independence, in an age where that wasn't the most acceptable way of thinking. With a nod to the legendary Annie Oakley, this story was as entertaining as it was smart."And that is it. Just a piece of paper and a train and a promise of a job in the West, and a new life is within my grasp." Gold in the Roots of the Grass by Marissa Meyer 5 stars This was an excellent and fast paced story about gold miners and communicating with ghosts on their behalf. Sun Fei-Yen was an interesting main character that I could see driving a full novel, but it also felt perfectly complete as a short. "The male prospector's eyes widened. He followed my look, but to him there was only empty air." The Legendary Garrett Girls by Y.S. Lee 4.5 stars This left off with a slightly unsatisfying conclusion, but the story itself, about sisters running a saloon in small town Alaska, was incredibly well written. The men trying to drive the sisters out of their business felt adequately intimidating, as the sisters did smart and brave. I've never heard of this author before but would love to read more from her. He grins even wider. "A girl after my own heart." "No thanks, I'd rather have your wallet." The Color of the Sky by Elizabeth Wein 3 stars In a collection full of action, pirates and ghosts, assassins and bank robbers, this story just wasn't a stand out. On one hand it was nice to slow down the pace for a bit, and I appreciated learning about the first black female pilot, but it was quite bland. Maybe in another anthology, I would have appreciated the story more, but the 3 star rating would stand. "Only you can make your dreams come true. Always reach for the sky and soon it'll be time for you to take your flight." Bonnie and Clyde by Saundra Mitchell 4 stars The story of a young bandit, being tracked by her boyfriend, who is clearly unaware of her double life. This felt like an excerpt from a longer novel, and I really wish it was because I wanted more!"But Lord, I love running from the law." Hard Times by Katherine Longshore 3 stars We've got a train hopping teen, her sidekick, and a stranger.. All three are well characterized for such a quick read, but this is a hard one to rate as it didn't quite feel complete."He hasn't moved. He thinks we'll sell our souls for a few lines of print." City of Angels by Lindsay Smith 4 stars Riveting girls in WWII were the focus of this story, two girls in particular whose friendship evolves into more while their men are away at war. I felt this book very strongly; I felt her struggle coming to terms with her sexuality, I felt her passion for her work, I felt her pride, deciding that being yourself is good enough. Great story, compelling writing, strong message. "This is who I am - who I've always been. I just never admitted it before." Pulse of the Panthers by Kekla Magoon 4.5 stars This was the sweetest of all the stories, even though the romantic element wasn't the focal point. This story centers around a young girl first learning and meeting the race activists in the 60's, and while I wanted more female badassery, the story felt very genuine. "Can't help trouble. When you're a Panther, trouble finds you." The Whole World is Watching by Robin Talley 4.5 stars With all the struggle that went on in this anthology, it was nice to leave it on a hopeful note. This story was equally as full of pain as the others, covering war, feminism and riots, but it was ultimately about progress, both personal and political - a great way to wrap up the collection. "I don't believe in this whole philosophy the way you do. I don't think being with a woman proves anything except that it can be fun to be with a woman."
Date published: 2016-11-22

Editorial Reviews

Brassy bank robbers, brave trailblazers, and ball-busting débutantes make all sorts of noise in this collection of 15 stories...Each individual story is thoroughly researched, and each includes an author's note explaining the context. The heroines are tough and memorable and full of heart, and the concept is irresistible. Stock up—this one will practically sell itself.—Booklist (starred review)Fifteen notable YA authors come together to write enthralling short historical narratives starring ambitious young women...Each entry is strong on its own, and the characters’ voices are unique in each tale. Teens will be hard-pressed to choose a favorite, and even those who are not fans of historical fiction might find a genre-blended tale worth reading. Overall, the pacing for each selection is steady, and the conclusions have enough punch to make the characters and their situations memorable. A must-buy. This collection will be sure to spark an interest in anyone who wants to indulge in strong and introspective young women living in a variety of historical time periods.—School Library Journal (starred review)These energizing, adventurous, and occasionally somber tales will readily please fans of historical fiction.—Publishers WeeklyThere is range and balance in tone, voice, and approach, a challenge for anthologies. Placing the stories in historical order allows readers to move smoothly through, and a helpful author's note follows each selection. Readers of historical fiction and adventure need look no further.—Kirkus ReviewsFifteen short stories by notable YA female writers move across the U.S. in geography and time, from a seafaring adventure in 1710 to the search for gold in Alaska in 1898 to the civil rights movements of the 1960s...this anthology moves skillfully between humor and thoughtfulness as it traverses the many paths taken by women throughout American history.—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"A Tyranny of Petticoats" provides adventure and entrée to other times and worlds. This anthology doesn't just spotlight the experience of white girls—it also emphasizes the roles of girls and women of color.—Star TribuneThese are adventurous, historical, tough, and memorable heroes…and they are all female. This title would be a great historical fiction addition to school libraries with its strong plotlines and strong female characters.—School Library ConnectionOverall this collection serves not just to entertain and educate young adults. It also seeks to place their own experiences on a spectrum of teen contributions to history. And, at its best, “A Tyranny of Petticoats” motivates young readers to pick up where these characters left off and to keep living — and creating — their own stories.—Pittsburgh Post-GazetteNo two stories are alike. No two characters either. No two settings for that matter, as these stories crisscross the continent. But if you’re looking for role models for young women, you’re bound to find something here to like.—B&N Teen Blog