Fall 2023

The Bodyguard Unit

Edith Garrud, Women's Suffrage, and Jujitsu

  • Interest Level: Grade 8 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

In the early 20th century, women in England were demanding the right to vote—and often faced violent retaliation. Rather than back down, the suffragist group the Women’s Social and Political Union formed an all-women security unit. Activist leader Emmeline Pankhurst asked Edith Garrud to train them. These “jujitsuffragettes” fought against abuse and arrest while pursuing long overdue rights.

Edith Garrud was a pioneering instructor of women’s self-defense and a pivotal figure in British women’s suffrage. This graphic retelling of Garrud’s life reveals the resilience and (sometimes physical) resistance of her era’s voting-rights activists.

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On pre-order until 08/01/2023
On pre-order until 08/01/2023
On pre-order until 08/01/2023
Interest Level Grade 8 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Graphic Novels, Young Adult
Category Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, SEL: C Social Awareness, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 136
Publication Date 2023-08-01
Text Type Fiction—Historical
BISACS YAN012020, YAN025070, YAN053070
Dewey 324.6/23092 [B]
Dimensions 8 x 10
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Timeline

Author: Clément Xavier

Clement Xavier is a writer based in France. In 2015, Xavier and illustrator Lisa Lugrin jointly received the prestigious Prix Révélation (Debut Prize) at the Angoulême International Comics Festival for their first French-language graphic novel, Yékini, le roi des arènes.

Illustrator: Lisa Lugrin

Lisa Lugrin is a comic book artist and author based in France. In 2015, Lugrin and Clement Xavier jointly received the prestigious Prix Révélation (Debut Prize) at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. She is co-founder of Na editions.


Kirkus Reviews

“Engaging feminist history attractively presented.” —Kirkus Reviews