Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

Written and Illustrated by:: Pénélope Bagieu

For Ages: teens

Language: English

Topics Covered: Historical Figures, Trailblazers, Women in STEM, Activism.

Summary: This book is a graphic novel compilation of stories about strong women and historical figures. It is definitely written for teens and above. Some stories include plot lines with DV, death, civil war, and various sensitive topics. Nzinga, Las Mariposas, Lozen, Agnodice, Christine Jorgensen, and Naziq al-Abid are a few of the incredible stories told by Bagieu.  The illustrations are fantastic and the dialogue sassy.  A book that readers will want to return to again and again, as well as a fabulous jumping off point to research more in-depth about historical feminist figures.  The book fully embodies the rebel path, and it’s perfect to show young people that women don’t have to settle for anything less than what they want.

Reflection Questions:

  • Which one of these women inspired you the most?
  • What person in this book do you want to learn more about?
  • How can you be brave and follow your dreams like these women in the book?

Continuing the Conversation:

  • Learn more about your favorite story.  What else in their life have you learned about that wasn’t written about by Bagieu?
  • What strong person in your life could you write a comic strip about?  Draw a comic strip about the life of one of your heroes.

About the Author & Illustrator:

Penelope BagieuPenelope Bagieu graduated with a baccalauréat in Economic and Social, she spent a year at ESAT Paris. She studied animation at the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris. She then studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, where she graduated in December 2006. Bagieu is in a rock band where she plays drums, and is a fan of nature shows.  Bagieu created a short animated film entitled No More Laughter. She has created illustrations for advertising campaigns, including for Marie frozen food, on television and on the internet.

 

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