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Elizabeth Keenan grew up in Baton Rouge. She has published nonfiction for general and academic audiences, including two chapters in Women Make Noise, articles in Oxford Handbooks Online, Women & Music, Journal of Popular Music Studies, and Current Musicology. She is an expert on third-wave feminism and the riot grrrl movement, which inspired her debut Young adult novel, Rebel Girls. She lives in New York City.
1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
State Library, Second Floor Meeting Room
You’ve Got to Stand for Something: Young Adult Rebels
2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
“Echoing the punk-rock feminist movement of the early ’90s, debut author Keenan creates a timely narrative that will challenge teens to reflect on their personal values and engage in respectful discourse. A must-read.” –Kirkus, starred review
When it comes to being social, Athena Graves is far more comfortable creating a mixtape playlist than she is talking to cute boys—or anyone, for that matter. Plus her staunchly feminist views and love of punk rock aren’t exactly mainstream at St. Ann’s, her conservative Catholic high school.
Then a malicious rumor starts spreading through the halls…a rumor that her popular, pretty, pro-life sister had an abortion over the summer. A rumor that has the power to not only hurt Helen, but possibly see her expelled.
Despite their wildly contrasting views, Athena, Helen, and their friends must find a way to convince the student body and the administration that it doesn’t matter what Helen did or didn’t do…even if their riot grrrl protests result in the expulsion of their entire rebel girl gang.
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