No Stopping Us Now

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Three Rooms Press
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5.5 X 8.2 X 0.6 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of eight books of fiction, for both adults and young people. Lava Falls, stories about kickass survivor girls who take on the religious right and uranium mining lobbyists, won of the 2019 Devil's Kitchen Fiction Award. Ms. Magazine called her novel The Evolution of Love, about how those who develop the muscles of compassion and inclusion will win the evolutionary lottery (in the long run), "fabulous feminist fiction." The New York Times said her novel A Thin Bright Line "triumphs as an intimate and humane evocation of day-to-day life under inhumane circumstances." Bledsoe's fiction has won a California Arts Council Fellowship in Literature, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, a Pushcart nomination, a Yaddo Fellowship, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships. She's been a writer in residence in Antarctica and Cuba. Bledsoe loves basketball, mountains, cats, and books. She currently lives in Berkeley, CA.


"20 Super Sports Books for Kids of All Ages! This semi-autobiographical novel of a group of young women basketball players fighting for a team of their own in 1974 (just after the passage of Title IX) is an inspiring lesson in history and perseverance." -We Are Teachers

"This autobiographical novel, with richly developed bold, courageous characters, and raw emotion, deftly captures the period of transition, not just for Louisa but for women's rights in the 1970s. . . . An inspiring look at the early days of Title IX and a solid addition to historical fiction collections." --School Library Journal

"A timeless and triumphant story of courage in the face of opposition, as well as a glimpse into the early days of Title IX's implementation. Knowledgeable about, and appreciative of, the trailblazers who fought for fairness and equal opportunities for women in sports, No Stopping Us Now is an excellent historical novel." --Foreword Reviews (starred review)

"No Stopping Us Now is an insightful and interesting read that gives perspective and knowledge on how far our school has come since the establishment of Title IX." --The Headlight

"The cause is just, the action absorbing, the sexist flack still all too familiar." --Kirkus Reviews

"In the fabulous No Stopping Us Now, Lucy Jane Bledsoe tells two stories of transition - of a high school girl discovering her voice and her strength and of a society grappling with the evolving expectations of women. We cheer for Louisa as she speaks truth to power, has her eyes opened to feminist intersectionality, and shines on the basketball court. On the fiftieth anniversary of Title IX, this is an important and necessary book for young people, a poignant tribute to the women who demanded equality in athletics, and an inspiring call for a new generation to fight its own battles for justice." --Andrew Maraniss, author of Inaugural Ballers: The True Story of the First U.S. Women's Olympic Basketball Team

"It's tempting to say that No Stopping Us Now transports us back to the intense battles teen girls faced in the early years of Title IX, except that similar battles rage on today. This timeless story is a must-read for adolescents trying to find themselves and their powerful voices both personally and politically." --Sherry Boschert, author, 37 Words: Title IX and Fifty Years of Fighting Sex Discrimination

"So many young women athletes today grow up without understanding the importance of Title IX and how hard previous generations struggled for the opportunity to participate in the sports they loved. In writing No Stopping Us Now, Bledsoe not only informs and entertains, she directly connects young readers to an integral part of women's sports history that should never be forgotten." --Lyndsey D'Arcangelo, sports writer; co-author, Hail Mary: The Rise and Fall of the National Women's Football League

"Lucy Bledsoe conjures up everyday sexism on the cusp of Title IX with powerful immediacy. From Shirley Chisholm and Gloria Steinem, to macrame and hip-huggers, we are solidly in 1974. Yet there's something absolutely contemporary in the way Bledsoe captures the perils, the highs, and the awkward, nonverbal jostling of high school social life. No Stopping Us Now takes a historic moment for women's sports and replays it in all its sweaty, visceral glory." --Alison Bechdel, author, Fun Home and The Secret to Superhuman Strength

"No Stopping Us Now is full of such heart, love and courage. A stunning and brave jo