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Great Books for Girls

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Airgood, Ellen                          Prairie Evers

     Ten-year-old Prairie Evers is finding that socialization isn't all it's cracked up to be. She's been homeschooled by her granny and has learned the most from traipsing through nature. But now she has to attend public school, and feels just like her chickens--cooped up and subject to the pecking order.

Bauer, Joan                            Close to Famous

Twelve-year-old Foster McFee and her mother escape from her mother's abusive boyfriend and end up in the small town of Culpepper, West Virginia, where they use their strengths and challenge themselves to build a new life, with the help of the friends they make there.

Beil, Michael           The Red Blazer Girls:  The Ring of Rocamadour

    Three school friends find themselves on a spooky scavenger hunt wrapped in clues about religion, literature, and math, with a museum-quality treasure at its end.

Birdsall, Jeanne         The Penderwicks

     While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

Bode, N.E.         The Anybodies

    After learning that she is not the biological daughter of boring Mr. and Mrs. Drudger, Fern embarks on magical adventures with her real father and finally finds a place that feels like home.

Broach, Elise      Shakespeare's Secret

    A young girl tries to uncover the connections between a missing diamond, a mysterious neighbor, and a link to Shakespeare.

Byng, Georgia     Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism

    Unlucky and unloved, Molly Moon lives in a dreary orphanage in a small English town. When Molly discovers a hidden talent for hypnotism, she hypnotizes her way to stardom in New York City.

Clements, Andrew       The School Story

    Twelve-year-old Natalie uses a pseudonym, and her best friend pretends to be an agent, in order to get Natalie's first novel published. To everyone's surprise, the book becomes a best seller.

Curtis, Christopher Paul              The Mighty Miss Malone

When the Great Depression hits Deza's hometown of Gary, Indiana, her father loses his job and must travel abroad in order to find work. Her mother uproots the family and goes out in search of Deza's father. The twists and turns of their story reveal the devastation of the Depression and prove that Deza truly is the Mighty Miss Malone.

Dunmore, Helen          Ingo

          As they search for their missing father near their Cornwall home, Sapphy and her brother Conor realize their family is connected to the Mer people who live in the underwater Kingdom of Ingo.

Forester, Victoria                 The Girl Who Could Fly

          When Piper McCloud reveals her ability to fly, she is quickly taken to a secret government facility to be trained with other exceptional children. Piper soon realizes that something is very wrong and begins working with brilliant and wealthy Conrad to escape.

Funke, Cornelia     Inkheart

    Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of the characters abducts them and tries to force her father into service.

Gaiman, Neil             Coraline

    When Coraline steps through the locked door in her family's new flat, she finds a world which caters to her every whim. When she wants to leave, however, things rapidly change, and she must fight a battle of good and evil to save herself.

George, Jessica       Dragon Slippers

           Orphaned after a fever epidemic, Creel befriends a dragon and unknowingly inherits an object that can either save or destroy her kingdom.

Holm, Jennifer             Turtle in Paradise

           In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida. Turtle discovers a startlingly different way of life amid boisterous cousins, Nana Philly, and a buried treasure and a hurricane. Laugh-out-loud adventures.

Kelly, Jacqueline          The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

          As 11-year-old Callie Tate explores the natural world around her in 1899 Texas, she develops a close relationship with her grandfather, navigates living with six brothers, and comes up against just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century.

Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody       Lily B. on the Brink of Cool

    Lily attempts to turn around the most boring summer ever. And when she meets Karla, and her incredibly cool parents, her summer gets even better because she learns they are her relatives. But are they who they seem to be?

Landry, Derek               Skulguggery Pleasant

           When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle's estate, she must join forces with Skulguggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones.

Law, Ingrid                               Savvy

          The adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy" - a magical power unique to each member of her family--just as her father is injured in a terrible accident.

Margolis, Leslie                  Girl's Best Friend

          In Brooklyn, New York, twelve-year-old dog-walker Maggie, aided by her twin brother Finn and best friend Lucy, investigates someone she believes is stealing pets.

Mass, Wendy                           11 Birthdays

          After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.

Meloy, Colin                        Wildwood

   When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness--a dangerous and magical forest in the middle of Portland, Oregon--and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants.

Meloy, Colin                          The Apothecary

    Meeting fearless Benjamin Burrows when she moves to London 1952, 14 year-old Janie Scott helps Benjamin on a quest to rescue his kidnapped father while protecting a sacred apothecary tome from dangerous Russians.

Messenger, Shannon           Keeper of the Lost Cities

   At age twelve, Sophie learns that the remarkable abilities that have always caused her to stand out identify her as an elf, and after being brought to Eternalia to hone her skills, discovers that she has secrets buried in her memory for which some would kill.

O'Connor, Sheila                        Sparrow Road

   It's the summer before seventh grade, and twelve-year-old Raine O'Rourke's mother suddenly takes a job hours from home at mysterious Sparrow Road - a dilapidated mansion that houses an eccentric group of artists. As Raine tries to make sense of her new surroundings, she discovers a secret about her past.

O'Hearn, Katie                   Pegasus, The Flame of Olympus

   When Pegasus crashes onto a Manhattan roof during a terrible storm, Emily's life changes forever. Suddenly allied witha winged horse she'd always thought was mythical, Emily is thrust into the center of a fierce battle between the Roman gods and a terrifying race of stone warriors called the Nirads.

Pratchett, Terry          The Wee Free Men

    A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.

Primavera, Elise      The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls

    In order to save the town of Sherbert, four girls with very little in common become involved with some people and events that seem to bear some resemblance to "The Wizard of Oz". A wildly inventive comic fantasy adventure.

Prineas, Sarah                      The Winterling

   Spirited young Fer travels through the Way to a magical world in which beings part human and part animal serve an evil ruler known as the Lady, and where she hopes to learn about her long-lost parents and her own identity.

Ryan, Pam Munoz       Paint the Wind

          After her overprotective grandmother has a stroke, Maya, an orphan, leaves her extremely restricted life in California to stay with her mother's family on a remote Wyoming ranch, where she discovers a love of horses and encounters a wild mare that her mother once rode.

Schlitz, Laura             Spendors and Glooms

   When Clara vanishes after the puppeteer Grisini and two orphaned assistants were at her twelfth birthday party, suspicion of kidnapping chases the trio away from Victorian London and soon the two orphans are caught in a trap set by Grisini's ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it is too late.

Shahan, Sherry                Ice Island   

   What begins as a training run with sled dogs turns into a race against time for Tatum and her new friend, a Siberian Yupik named Cole, when they are stranded in the wilderness by a freak blizzard.

Shang, Wendy Wan Long               The Great Wall of Lucy Wu

   Eleven-year-old aspiring basketball star Lucy Wu is excited about finally having her own bedroom, until she learns that her great-aunt is coming to visit and Lucy will have to share a room with her for several months, shattering her plans for a perfect sixth-grade year.

Standiford, Natalie              The Secret Tree

     The summer before middle school Minty discovers a secret tree with a hollow trunk in which young people place their written secrets and wishes with unexpected results. Secrets like: "I put a curse on my enemy. And it's working".

Stanley, Diane             The Silver Bowl      

    From the age of seven when she became scullery maid in a castle, Molly has seen visions of the future which, years later, lead her and friend Tobias on an adventure to keep Alaric, the heir to the throne, safe from a curse.

Stead, Rebecca                   When You Reach Me

           A twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

Stone, Phoebe               The Romeo and Juliet Code

           During World War II, eleven-year-old Felicity is sent from London to Bottlebay, Maine to live with her grandmother, aunt, uncle and a reclusive boy who helps her decode mysterious letters that contain the truth about her missing parents.

Tanner, Lian                           Museum of Thieves

          Goldie, an impulsive and bold twelve-year-old, escapes the oppressive city of Jewel, where children are required to wear guardchains for their protection, and finds refuge in the extraordinary Museum of Dunt, an ever-shifting world where she discovers a useful talent for thievery and mysterious secrets that threaten her city and everyone she loves.

Taylor, Laini                               Blackbringer

           Magpie Windwitch, granddaughter of the West Wind, is the only faerie determined to stand up against the ancient evil of the Blackbringer, who rises up to unmake the world.

Turnage, Sheila               Three Times Lucky

    Washed ashore as a baby in a tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a cafe and co-parent of Mo with his Cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.      

Ursu, Anne         The Shadow Thieves

    After her cousin Zee arrives from England, 13-year-old Charlotte and he must set out to save humankind from denizens of the underworld, Nightmares, Death, Pain and a really nasty guy named Phil.

Van Draanen, Wendelin      Sammy Keyes Mystery series

    Sammy Keyes is a spunky, feisty seventh-grader who lives with her grandmother in a seniors-only apartment complex. She and her friends solve mysteries as well as maneuver their way through the world of junior high.

Welsh, M.L.                      Mistress of the Storm

   After a stranger gives an ancient book to unpopular, twelve-year-old Verity Gallant, she and her new-found friends, Henry and Martha, uncover secrets stirring in the harbor town of Wellow, and use them to face a powerful, vengeful witch.

Wood, Maryrose            The Mysterious Howling

          Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children. Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. But mysteries abound at Ashton Place.  

Winterson, Jeanette                     Tanglewreck

           Eleven-year old Silver sets out to find the Timekeeper---a clock that controls time---and to protect it from falling into the hands of two people who want to use the device for their own nefarious ends.