Adrienne Kisner's Six Angry Girls is a story of mock trial, feminism, and the inherent power found in a pair of knitting needles.
Raina Petree is crushing her senior year, until her boyfriend dumps her, the drama club (basically) dumps her, the college of her dreams slips away, and her arch-nemesis triumphs.
Things aren’t much better for Millie Goodwin. Her father treats her like a servant, and the all-boy Mock Trial team votes her out, even after she spent the last three years helping to build its success.
But then, an advice columnist unexpectedly helps Raina find new purpose in a pair of knitting needles and a politically active local yarn store. This leads to an unlikely meeting in the girls’ bathroom, where Raina inspires Millie to start a rival team. The two join together and recruit four other angry girls to not only take on Mock Trial, but to smash the patriarchy in the process.
Speech and debate meets Shine Theory in this smart school romp. Raina Petree and Millie Goodwin have the final semester of their senior years planned. For drama club president Raina, the plan is to land the lead in the final show of her high school career, graduate with her boyfriend of five years, and secure her spot at Carnegie Mellon. Millie hopes that her four years of living and breathing mock trial will earn her a ticket out of her scattered, needy father's house and into the future she deserves. Then Raina, after being suddenly and unceremoniously dumped, quits theater; Millie, meanwhile, is ousted from mock trial by the now all-male team. Pulling together a crew of six, with a strict rule of "no cisgendered, heterosexual men," the two aim to upset the status quo with a competing mock trial team, en route bonding over their shared goal while discovering unexpected depths within themselves. Through the local yarn store, Raina gets in touch with her passion for activism and makes new plans for her future, while Millie begins to set much-needed boundaries with her dad while letting in a romantic prospect. With a lightness of hand, Kisner brings together a unique group of girls, diverse in personality, identity, and sexual orientation, to create a potent story about camaraderie and power. Ages 13 up. \n