Four to Read More — Girls Disguised As Boys

And now we present Four to Read More, mini collections of four books that share some common theme, whether it’s the name of a character, a cover design quirk, or something else. Inspired by Kelly Jensen’s “Three on a YA Theme” series at Book Riot (take a lookwe’ll wait!), this series will highlight some books you may have missed on the shelves.

This time, our theme is stories about girls disguised as boys – whether that’s because it allows them to go on adventures, get an education, or pass through society unnoticed.

Alanna series by Tamora Pierce
This beloved book series stars a girl who switches places with her twin brother in order to go into knight training. As she grows up, she finds it harder and harder to keep her secret from her friends.
(available in print)
The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg
This true story is about young women in Afghanistan who, in a sort of open secret, present as boys in order to act as a family’s older brother if there are no sons.
(available in print)
Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
This series starter is a retelling of the legend of Robin Hood. Remember his sidekick, Will Scarlet? What if Will was actually a Merry Woman instead of a Merry Man?
(available in print and on Overdrive ebooks)
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
After her father tragically dies, Samantha joins forces with a runaway slave and the two join a band of cowboys heading west to gold rush California.
(available in print and on Overdrive ebooks)

Do you have an idea for a Four to Read More theme? Email us and let us know!

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