Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History
• Anne Bonny and Mary Read, the infamous lady pirates who sailed the seven seas and plundered with t ...more
What’s super cool is that some of these stories tied back into The Lady’s Guide as Lee was inspired by some of the women featured here - the Edinburgh Seven, the female pirates, and so on.
A really solidly enjoyable read about badass women, most of whom I didn’t know about before (which is sad ngl). I felt sometimes it was re ...more
Girl Squads is no different. It tells twenty stories about historically amazing female friendships through five distinctive categories: sports, science, war, politics, and the arts. It's also incredibly diverse: from 90-year-old mermaids in Jeju to the first all-female orchestra in Afghanistan with a pit stop at the ladies ...more
Nice cover. Bright, eye-catching, & full of activity. Great concept. Lots of potential in an idea like this. Content is full of short, easily-digestible stories, making it a nice book to digest as one's schedule allows. The 1st story about the divers totally drew me in. I was all set for this book to continue to be a winner, & I wanted it to be a success b/c books like this could potentially be gems for younger gals. Af...more
What I loved about Girl Squads is that it's not afraid of offe ...more
Thank you to both NetGalley and Quitk Books for giving me the opportunity to read ’Girl Squads’ in exchange for my honest unbiased review.
Thanks NetGalley for the advanced copy!
Give me a book that explores historical figures in short, illustrated essay format, and I’m so there. There are a number of books that do this really poorly, it’s true, but the ones that get it right get it really, really right. Luckily, Sam Maggs’ new book, Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History, illustrated b ...more
What I liked
•This book was split up into sections about bad ass women in different areas of society including, sports, science, war, politics and the arts. We learnt about a range of different w ...more
Girl Squads tells the stories of twenty groups of women from ancient ...more
I really really loved the way this book was structured. It is divided into athlete squads; political & activist s ...more
Sam Maggs has put together a wonderful book that details the lives and feats of some of histories greatest Girl Squads. The reader is taken through warrior squads, artist squads, scientist squads and many more, there are 20 stories within this book and while Maggs can't give every story huge amounts of detail what Maggs does give you is a great outline of each group, where you can go off and add even more detail yourself if you wis ...more
There have been a lot of women/girls biography books come out in the past few years and I have read most of them, but this book brings something new to the genre for a few reasons.
1. It focuses on groups of women. Women are so often pitted against each other but this book shows how friendships made these women great.
2. The stories are longer. Instead of just short intros into a person, these stories are much longer, which means t ...more
When I was younger I was never much of a history person, but historical fiction has become a stable in my reading and Girl Squads turned out to be the ideal read. The book has an engaging narration and is divided into sections;
political & activist squads
You can read it in order or pick a chapter (or section) and read that. Each chapter is a journey to learning about amazing woman in history. I started with the Japanese Vol ...more
Representing a great range of people from the skiing sisters, Shirley and Sharon Frith to the Patriotic Women’s League Of Iran to The Red Lanterns Shining in China, this book covers a variety of squads that worked together to create and do things and does it well. With funny moments and poignant thoughts this book delivers some ...more
This is a well-written, easy to read and fun exploration of various female friendships/teams throughout history that changed the world in one way or another. From the female volleyball team from Japan that changed both the sport and gave the Japanese people a reason to be proud again after WWII to the women in Finland who fought for equal rights in the early 1900s, there is plenty of information to be gain ...more