The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie:
A Doll's History and Her Impact on Us
by Tanya Lee Stone
She's been a heroine, a role model, and perennial career-hopper. She's also been a villian, a target, and a symbol of all that's wrong with society's treatment of females. Funny how a 11 3/4 inch tall doll can be all that. Yet in the fifty years since the introduction of the Barbie doll, that's what this toy has been. For decades, little girls have wanted to play with Barbie. But is playing with Barbies harmful? The history and impact of the Barbie doll is full of depth and contrary opinions.
The Girl in the Steel Corset
(Steampunk Chronicles #1)
by Kady Cross
Hardcover: 480 pages
In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the "thing" inside her.
When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch….
Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.
Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.
But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on—even if it seems no one believes her.