Title: The First Girls of Baxter Academy
Author: Pamela Roskin
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Alerts/Warnings: Some mild language and mentions of female monthly cycles.
Premise: The year is 1971, and Baxter Academy is perfect just as it is: it’s got the history, the prestige, and the beautiful New England campus. It’s just missing one thing—female students! But Becky (the women’s libber), Maggie (the hippie chick), Sheila (the day student), and Louise (the senator’s daughter) are about to give the academy exactly what it has always needed.
The girls thought the biggest challenge would be getting into the school—little did they realize they would have to fight so hard to stay. Luckily, they have each other to see them through the most amazing and adventurous year of their lives when they become the very first girls of Baxter Academy. (goodreads.com)
Opinions: Okay, this was another China book. I was looking for something to read, and it was there for $1. I thought, "Huh. That sounds interesting. For a dollar, I'll try it." So I did. It was a compelling mix of female characters. All of them are at the school for different reasons. One is dying to go. One has no where else to go. One is on scholorship. The last is there because her father needs a daughter there to help turn the school back into boys only. A feminist book to be sure. Please don't let that put you off. I mean Feminist, not Fem-nazi. It is a interesting look at our society in the early 1970's. It is well-written and often very funny. I enjoyed it tremendously.