No Stopping Us Now
Coming out April 26, in time for the 50th anniversary of TItle IX!
Based on the author's true story: Louisa loves to play basketball, but in 1974, her Portland, Oregon high school only offers a team for boys. An encounter with feminist Gloria Steinem teaches her about Title IX—the law that bans discrimination based on gender—so she asks her principal to start a girls team. Little does she know that she'll soon be viciously targeted by male coaches at her school, lied to by the school board, and fall in love—a couple of times—as she fights for a fair chance to be an athlete. No Stopping Us Now is a story about finding one's own voice through the joys of sports, love, and the power of sisterhood. Based on the author's true story, it is a compelling examination of the courage it takes to stand up for what's right.
"From Shirley Chisholm and Gloria Steinem, to macrame and hip-huggers, we are solidly in 1974. Yet there's something absolutely contempoary 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, author of 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, author of 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, author of Break Through: How Female Athletes Shattered Stereotypes in the Roaring Twenties
"The characters are beautifully drawn, the story expertly plotted and moving and as a former D-I basketball player, it is close to my heart." — Mary Volmer, author of Reliance, Illinois
Running Wild: a middle grades novel
Long-listed for American Library Association's Notable Books 2020
Best Children's Books of the Year 2020, Bank Street College of Education
Finalist, South Carolina Junior Book Award
When 12-year-old Willa's mother died five years ago, her father moved Willa and her younger twin brothers deep into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness. They built a log cabin and survived on food they grew and animals they hunted. But Willa's father's dream of living off the land begins to fail, though he'll never admit that. Willa wants to go to school, to have a best friend, and safety for her family. The time has come for Willa to find her own true north, even if it involves a dangerous journey.
"With a plot and character traits akin to Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, Scott O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins, and Julia Alvarez's How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, this would be an excellent addition to middle grade libraries." — School Library Journal
"Ms. Bledsoe ably conveys the children's competence—they know how to hunt and bivouac—but also the youthful limits of their strengths and capabilities, both in the wild and out of it." — Wall Street Journal
"Nuanced, character-driven action." — Kirkus Review
Tracks in the Snow
When Amy doesn't show up to baby-sit, Erin knows that something must be terribly wrong. But who will believe her? Not her parents, not even the police. They all tell Erin the same thing—Amy is irresponsible —so Erin decides to take things into her own hands. She persuades Tiffany, her new science partner, to do a project on animal tracks, figuring the project will give her an excuse to search for Amy. While the two girls are in the woods, a sudden spring blizzard strikes. Erin and Tiffany are now snowbound, with only one thought—survival.
"The simplicity and intensity of this adventure will satisfy many children, particularly those who like Gary Paulsen's HATCHET." —School Library Journal
"The two girls prove their resourcefulness...in this well-written...adventure story." —The Horn Book
How to Survive in Antarctica
Zip up your jacket! Grab your binoculars! How to Survive in Antarctica is a cross between a survival guide and a travel guide for kids, giving lots of hands-on information about spending time on the ice continent. This book will tell you how to build a snow shelter, what to do if you fall in a crevasse, as well as how to identify whale spouts and penguin species. Bledsoe includes lots of first hand stories about her own adventures, as well as short nuggets about the lives of people and other animals who live and work in Antarctica. Lots of photos!
"Thrilling adventure, bringing close the amazing science and geography as well as the gritty facts of human survival in the frigid environment...a fascinating journey to a little known and understood place." —Booklist
"Bledsoe's enthusiasm for the wonders of Antarctica is absolutely contagious." —VOYA
"Endlessly engaging." —East Bay Express
The Antarctic Scoop
Twelve-year-old Victoria Von Woolf sometimes feels as if she belongs on another planet—or at least another continent. So when an opportunity comes up for her to travel to Antarctica as the child star of WILD X-PLORER'S next on-line video, she can't wait. It's been her dream to become a scientist and study at the South Pole, and this is a great first step. But Victoria soon realizes that the intentions of the journey's sponsors aren't quite as clear as the polar sky. Can she find a way to rescue a murky mission and an endangered wilderness?
"Science-minded youngters will like this, but even those who aren't so inclined will enjoy the story of a shy girl who finds life outside of her own imagination." —Booklist
"Children will enjoy the empowerment and resourcefulness of the protagonist and her friend." —School Library Journal
More than anything, eleven-year-old River wants to grow up and play for the WNBA. So she's crushed when she finds her name on the B-Team instead of the A-Team. But River decides to take matters into her own hands. And the very first thing she does is change the embarrassing name of her team to "Hoop Girlz." Their goal: fun. With only five players—one, a fourth grader—River's brother for a coach, and a wet outdoor court for practicing, the Hoop Girlz know they're a long shot for the tournament trophy. But they've got heart. Will this ragtag group of second-string players be able to take on the A-Team? Or will they find out that Hoop Girlz are only a B-Team, after all?
"Bledsoe cleverly avoids most of the cliches, not only by injecting lots of against-the-grain subplots, including River's hopelessly uncool parents, artists and latter-day hippies who don't believe in competition and eat bee pollen. The basketball scenes are well constructed and realistic, the humor is fresh, and the characters are believeable. Good fun for hoop girls and boys alike." —Booklist
This summer thirteen-year-old Isabel Ramirez, Izzie for short, has plans—big plans. No more hanging out at the mall; no more lounging at the pool. She's launching her own lawn care business—MEW. Her first job takes her up to a wealthy neighborhood in the Oakland Hills. At first it's just for fun; she's making money and she meets two guys, Charles and Sam. But soon Sam starts making fun of Izzie—her Mexican background, her name, even her family. Then he makes her more upset, by threatening to hunt a cougar that's been spotted in nearby canyons. Izzie knows she can defend herself against Sam, but she's not so sure about the cougar. Should Izzie try to save this wild creature? Or will protecting the wildcat put her own life on the line?
"This well-written novel will appeal to a wide range of students who will enjoy the elements of adventure and mystery." —VOYA
"Bledsoe creates a winning protagonist in Izzie, whose keen observations, occasionally awkward outspokenness, and independence will appeal to readers, and whose extended family is a real treat." —Kirkus Reviews
The Big Bike Race
Ernie was hoping for a sleek new racing bike for his tenth birthday, not a big, secondhand, yellow clunker. He knew it was all his grandmother could afford, yet he was still disappointed—and embarrassed to show it to his friends. But the laughter of the other kids doesn't stop Ernie from racing and proving that it's determination, not the bike, that makes a winner.
"A heartwarming story about a nontraditional family, love, hard work, and friendship." —The Boston Sunday Globe