Review: Rebel Girls Rock: 25 Tales of Women in Music

Rebel Girls Rock by Rebel Girls cover shows cartoon images of four women musicians

Rebel Girls Rock: 25 Tales of Women in Music
Rebel Girls
Published March 7, 2023

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About Rebel Girls Rock: 25 Tales of Women in Music


This collection features 25 stories of extraordinary women in music–women who have moved hearts and minds with their lyrics, uplifted other musicians, and gotten people to jump, dance, and sing along with their music.

Belt out pop anthems with Lizzo, bang on the drums with Nandi Bushell, and write country hits with Dolly Parton. The women in this book come from all around the world. They play different instruments, experiment with new sounds, and stand out in their genres. But one thing is true of them all: They rock!

With a foreword by iconic rocker Joan Jett and activities curated by Gibson Guitars, this book will have readers everywhere jamming out! Plus, scannable codes let you listen to more stories on the Rebel Girls app.

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My Review

I’ve come across a lot of books by Rebel Girls, but this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to read one, and I felt really excited about that. I love that they publish so many collections of biographies about women and the ways they’ve impacted the world. That’s such a great thing to celebrate.

So, REBEL GIRLS ROCK contains 25 one-page biographies of women in the music industry. I loved seeing familiar names on their list, like Ella Fitzgerald, Dolly Parton, and Lizzo. I also loved learning about women in the music industry who were new to me. Though most of the women in the book are musicians, there are producers and DJs as well.

Rebel Girls has an app that can supplement the stories in the book, too, which is a cool idea. I didn’t know anything about the company that makes the Rebel Girls books until I looked them up as I was writing this review. The Los Angeles Business Review has an article that does a really good job covering the Rebel Girls founders and company goals.

The reading age for this book is a little younger than I expected, but I think it’s very well targeted for readers in middle elementary school. The biographies are told in story form and just long enough to hit some high notes. A perfect step up for readers who loved the She Persisted book series.

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Content Notes

Recommended for Ages 8 to 10.

Features biographies of woman of many different racial and ethnic backgrounds. One featured musician is a transgender woman. Another is deaf.

Profanity/Crude Language Content

Romance/Sexual Content

Spiritual Content

Violent Content

Drug Content

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