Free Period (Hardcover)

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March/April 2024 Kids Indie Next List

“Two goofy pranksters broke the final straw with the principal, who assigns them to a school improvement group run by their enemy! They notice that there are no period products in the school. Can the group change the school board’s mind? Read to find out!”
— Julie Beckers, Loganberry Books, Shaker Heights, OH


This middle-grade Moxie centering period equity is Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret for the next generation!

"Absolute fire." -- Book Riot

Helen and Gracie are pranking their way through middle school when a stinky stunt lands them in the front office -- again. Because nothing else has curbed their chaos, the principal orders the best friends to do the unthinkable: care about something. So they join the school’s Community Action Club with plans to do as little as humanly possible.

But when Helen is caught unprepared by an early period and bleeds through her pants -- they were gold lamé! -- the girls take over the club’s campaign for maxi pads in bathrooms for all students who menstruate. In the name of period equity, the two friends use everything from over-the-top baked goods to glitter gluing for change. But nothing can prepare them for a clueless school board (ew), an annoying little sister (ugh), and crushes (oh my!).

As Helen and Gracie find themselves closer to change and in deeper trouble than ever before, they must decide if they care enough to keep going . . . even if it costs them their friendship.

About the Author

Ali Terese writes funny and heartfelt middle grade stories. Free Period is her debut novel. Visit Ali online for book bonuses like giveaways, recipes, craftivism projects, and more at

Praise For…

Praise for Free Period:

"This book is the period equity anthem we've been waiting generations to read. It glitters with humor and shows us the power that comes from staring down injustice. Free Period is about to start something BIG." - Carrie Firestone, author of Dress Coded

"A funny and fast-paced story about two steadfast best friends who refuse to go with the flow. It has everything I love: friendship, family drama, and first crushes, plus period equity, loyalty, and standing up for what you believe in. A smart book!" - Debbi Michiko Florence, author of Keep it Together, Keiko Carter

"This book is a MUST READ. I absolutely adored it!" - Lisa Greenwald, author of the TBH series

"This spirited coming-of-age story brings menstruation and period equity to the fore… Punchy, electric, and smart social commentary." - Kirkus Reviews

"Absolute fire...I was really blown away by how such a fun story managed to pack so much punch, imparting lessons not only about menstrual equity but also about friendship and the various ways there are to engage in activism." - Book Riot

"An absolutely fantastic read about period equity, friendship, direct action, and good trouble." - Teen Librarian Toolbox

Product Details
ISBN: 9781338835830
ISBN-10: 1338835831
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: March 5th, 2024
Pages: 272
Language: English