A Tyranny of Petticoats

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General Info

Series: none (anthology)
Genre: historical fiction, fantasy, short stories
Release Date: Available now!


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.

Edited by Jessica Spotswood, 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

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Praise for A Tyranny of Petticoats

“…[H]istorical fiction at its finest…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)

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)

“There is range and balance in tone, voice, and approach, a challenge for anthologies…Readers of historical fiction and adventure need look no further.” —Kirkus

“…a delightful selection of historical tales…These energizing, adventurous, and occasionally somber tales will readily please fans of historical fiction.” —Publishers’ Weekly

Creative, engrossing, and well-crafted, these stories will spark interest in women’s roles in American history, ancient myths, and folklore legends.” —VOYA (5Q 4P rating)

moves skillfully between humor and thoughtfulness as it traverses the many paths taken by women throughout American history.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“This is a good quality short story collection that would appeal to anyone interested in feminism and American History.” —School Library Journal’s teen reviewer Angela K., 17

Bonus Content

Read an exclusive Q&A with each anthology contributor!