Hillary Pinsker of Mishkan Shalom in Philadelphia, PA recommends:
Excellent for girls who are up to something challenging.
The Ladies' Auxiliary
Allegra Maud Goldman
Deborah Eisenbach-Budner, Education Director of Havurah Shalom in Portland, OR, says: "I love giving this book as a Bat Mitzvah gift. It's a smart, funny, story about a girl coming of age in pre-WWII era Brooklyn. Topics include assimilation, gender, adolescence. The main character is easy for critically thinking girls to identify with."
The Flame Bearers
Kim Chernin (out of print, available used)
The fascinating chronicle of a few generations of women from shtetl Russia to modern Berkeley who are members of a secret sect of Jewish women and their lives studying, protesting and raising families.