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Great Books for Girls

Reading list for girls.

Great Books for Girls

Once upon a Heroine: 450 Books for Girls to Love, by Alison Cooper-Mullin
In this indispensable guide to 400 books that nurture every girl's spirit of independence, competence, and self-esteem, the authors suggest special books that provide role models for girls and allow them to imagine themselves as heroines of their own lives.

Expecting the Unexpected, by Mavis Jukes
Twelve-year-old River and her sixth-grade classmates handle the information from their sex education class in different ways, and it leads River to the conclusion that her older sister's unusual behavior is due to pregnancy.

The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods, by Ann Cameron
Living in a rural community in Wisconsin during the 1950s, eleven-year-old Amanda gradually and painfully learns a lot about herself, her parents, and her older sister.

Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

If You Only Knew, by Rachel Vail
Seventh-grader Zoe, who comes from a big family where she's never had anything all to herself, desperately wants CJ for a best friend, but when CJ reveals that she likes the boy Zoe likes, Zoe must make a choice. For Ages:

Eloise, by Kay Thompson
Here is everyone's favorite enfant terrible--Eloise--making life anything but dull, dull, dull.

Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans
Clever engineering, vibrant illustrations, and all the charm of Madeline herself make this a treat for old fans and new readers alike. Open the book, tie back the covers, and five Parisian scenes spring to life.

Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott Cultural obligation and artistic freedom cause tension in the lives of four young women in this classic novel.

Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh
Harriet M. Welsch is determined to become a famous author. In the meantime, she follows a regular spy route each day and writes down everything she sees in her secret notebook. Then one morning, her classmates find her spy notebook and read it out loud! Now the other sixth-graders are stealing her tomato sandwiches, forming a spy-catcher club, and writing notes of their own -- all about Harriet!

Bad, Badder, Baddest, by Cynthia Voigt
When fifth-graders Mikey and Margalo devise a plan to prevent Mikey's parents from getting a divorce, the two friends find their scheme foiled by a new girl at school.

Pioneer Girl: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by William Anderson
Recounts the life story of the author of the "Little House" books, from her childhood in Wisconsin to her later years at Rocky Ridge Farm.

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg
Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 12 year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.

Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, by Judy Blume
This is the story of Sheila, who manages to survive the episodic trials of the summer--the beginners' swimming test, the revelations of her friends' Slam Books, even the presence of the dog who "goes with" the Tubmans' rented summer home...

33 Things Every Girl Should Know, by Tonya Bolden
While everyone's probably got 33 different answers to a question, we're betting that there's a lot of common ground, and this book will show it. This collection of 33 different experiences from 33 women of different ages -- older, younger, and in-between - reveals that these women all have one thing in common: They've picked up some clues along their personal journeys and want to share them with you.

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