Make More Noise
Author: listed below
Genre: YA, various
Publisher: Nosy Crow
Publication Date: February 1st 2018
Format: Paperback (288 pages)
Each story, written by a star-studded list of contributors, including well-known, award-winning and new voices in children’s literature, celebrates strong female characters, with subjects ranging from the ’43 Group to modern ghost stories.
A donation of £1 from the sale of each copy will be given to Camfed, an international charity which tackles poverty and inequality by supporting women’s education in the developing world. The book will be published in time for the centenary anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which was given Royal Assent on 6th February 1918, extending the franchise to women for the first time.
My Rating: ★★★★
I am always quite wary about reading anthologies as there are always stories I really dislike but Make More Noise was a really pleasant surprise because it delivered in so many different ways. These stories all have their own special moment within them and although I liked some more than others, on the whole I thought the whole collection was brilliant and the stories complimented each other too.
I love that this anthology was created to celebrate 100 years of woman’s suffrage because young readers will pick up these stories and they will learn so much. Even as a 27 year old I learnt things from these short stories that I never expected too. I think it will make young female readers feel empowered whilst giving them reason to stop, think and be grateful for what our ancestors went through for us to have what we have today. And we are still on the journey.
There are several stories in here that are historical fiction but written in a really accessible way for younger readers. There are also stories with a contemporary feel, those with a touch of fantasy, those that explore relationships with family and friends, the dynamics of different social classes, race and inequality. For such a quick selection of stories, they really do cover a lot and I think there is something in here for everyone.
My personal favourite stories were The Bug Hunters by M.G. Leonard, The Green-Hearted Girl by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, On Your Bike by Jeanne Wills and The Race by Ally Kennen. But I really did find something to like about all the stories in this anthology which is really rare for me. This is definitely a special collection of short stories that I really want to share with all the young readers I know. Fantastic!
£1 from the sale of each book is donated directly to Camfed.
Have you read Make More Noise?
What is your favourite feminist fiction to recommend?