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No Stopping Us Now
Debut YA novel about love, basketball, and activism
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To request a review copy (print or digital), or to book Lucy for a Title IX 50th anniversary event, email kat.georges@threeroomspress.com.


"A timeless and triumphant story of courage in the face of opposition, as well as a glimpse into the early days of Title IX's implementation. Knowledgeable about, and appreciative of, the trailblazers who fought for fairness and equal opportunities for women in sports, No Stopping Us Now is an excellent historical novel."Foreword Reviews (starred review)


"This autobiographical novel, with richly developed bold, courageous characters, and raw emotion, deftly captures the period of transition, not just for Louisa but for women's rights in the 1970s. Tired of being benched, and finding power in activism, community, and herself, Louisa finds the strength to demand equality and to live the life she wants, while making an important contribution to the history of sports for girls and women." School Library Journal


"The cause is just, the action absorbing, the sexist flack still all too familiar." —Kirkus Reviews


"From Shirley Chisholm and Gloria Steinem to macrame and hip-huggers, we are solidly in 1974. Yet there's something absolutely contemporary in the way Bledsoe captures the perils, the highs, and the awkward, nonverbal jostling of high school social life. No Stopping Us Now takes a historic moment for women's sports and replays it in all its sweaty, visceral glory."  —Alison Bechdel, Fun Home and The Secret to Superhuman Strength


"It's tempting to say that No Stopping Us Now transports us back to the intense battles teen girls faced in the early years of Title IX, except that similar battles rage on today. This timeless story is a must-read for adolescents trying to find themselves and their powerful voices." —Sherry Boschert, 37 Words: Title IX and Fifty Years of Fighting Sex Discrimination


"You'll be rooting for Louisa as she speaks truth to power and stands up to opponents on and off the court." —Sue Macy, Break Through: How Female Athletes Shattered Stereotypes in the Roaring Twenties


"The characters are beautifully drawn, the story expertly plotted and moving. As a former D-I basketball player, this story is close to my heart." —Mary Volmer, Reliance, Illinois


"No Stopping Us Now is full of such heart, love, and courage. A stunning and brave journey from start to finish, I loved Louisa and her bold crew of superstar athletes who rose up together to be seen, valued, and heard. This is a book to be treasured, taught, and shared. I want my children and students to know what it means to fight for what you believe in. To take up space, to raise your voice, and most of all, to get on the court and play."Ellen Hagan, Don't Call Me a Hurricane


"So many young women athletes today grow up without understanding the importance of Title IX and how hard previous generations struggled for the opportunity to participate in the sports they loved. In writing No Stopping Us Now, Bledsoe not only informs and entertains, she directly connects young readers to an integral part of women's sports history that should never be forgotten."  —Lyndsey D'Arcangelo, sports writer, and co-author of Hail Mary: The Rise and Fall of the National Women's Football League


"For Louisa Carmichael, basketball is life. The smell of sweat, the feel of the ball, the aches in her muscles – she loves all of it. But it's 1974, and while Title IX was passed two years ago, her school has yet to implement the law. All Louisa seeks is fairness, but the obstacles she faces are tougher than any full-court press. In the fabulous No Stopping Us Now, Lucy Jane Bledsoe tells two stories of transition – of a high school girl discovering her voice and her strength and of a society grappling with the evolving expectations of women. We cheer for Louisa as she speaks truth to power, has her eyes opened to feminist intersectionality, and shines on the basketball court. On the fiftieth anniversary of Title IX, this is an important and necessary book for young people, a poignant tribute to the women who demanded equality in athletics, and an inspiring call for a new generation to fight its own battles for justice." —Andrew Maraniss, Inaugural Ballers: The True Story of the First U.S. Women's Olympic Basketball Team



Praise for Lucy's other titles:

"It triumphs as an intimate and humane evocation of day-to-day life under inhumane circumstances." New York Times Book Review

"Stirring and deeply felt." Kirkus Reviews

"Empowering and bold." Publishers Weekly

"Bledsoe’s novel is an absolute wonder. Combining a McCullers-like facility in letting her settings tell half the story, with characterization and dialogue worthy of Harper Lee." New York Journal of Books

"Berkeley author Lucy Jane Bledsoe shows the sexy side of the 1950s in her new novel, A Thin Bright Line." San Francisco Chronicle

"Author Lucy Jane Bledsoe is an impressively gifted novelist." Midwest Book Review

"Fabulous feminist fiction." —Ms.

"A magnificent, searingly beautiful book, as insightful as it is compassionate." —Elizabeth Percer, All Stories Are Love Stories