Class of '75 high schooler Louisa loves to play basketball and asks her school to start a girls basketball team. Little does she know that she'll soon be viciously targeted by the male coaches at her high school, or that she'll fall in love--a couple of times--as she fights for a fair chance to be an athlete. Based on the author's true story, seventeen-year-old Louisa wants to play basketball, but it's 1974 and the public schools in Portland, Oregon don't offer teams for girls. In a chance encounter with the famous feminist Gloria Steinem, Louisa learns about Title IX, the recently passed law that promises equal opportunities for girls, and she sets out to win a girls' basketball league for her city's public schools. The journey toward equality for girls in her high school and city takes her far beyond basketball. No Stopping Us Now is a story about finding one's own voice through the joys of sports, love, and the power of sisterhood.
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.