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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.

Carlson, Caroline                        Magic Marks the Spot

    Hilary Westfield has always dreamed of being a pirate. There's only one problem: the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates refuses to let any girl join their ranks. But Hilary is not the kind of girl to take no for an answer. To escape a life at her stuffy finishing school, Hilary sets out in search of her own seaworthy adventure.

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.

de los Santos, Marissa                      Saving Lucas Biggs

    Thirteen-year-old Margaret knows her father is innocent, but that doesn't stop the cruel Judge Biggs from sentencing him to death. Margaret is determined to save her dad, even if it means using her family's secret and forbidden ability to time travel.

DeLint, Charles                             Seven Wild Sisters

     Sarah Jane Dillard discovers and helps an injured 'sangman fairy in the Tanglewood Forest, putting herself, her six sisters, and friends Aunt Lillian and the Apple Tree Man in the middle of a fairy feud.                          

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.

Foxless, Karen                             Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

          In this retelling of the Snow Queen, eleven-year-old Ophelia suspends her disbelief in things non-scientific when a boy locked in the museum where her father is working asks her to help him complete an age-old mission.

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.

Fusco, Kimberly                   Beholding Bee

       In 1942, when life turns sour at the carnival that has always been her home, eleven-year-old Bee takes her dog, Peabody, and piglet, Cordelia, and sets out to finds a real home, aided by two women only Bee and her pets can see.                   

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.

Graff, LIsa                             A Tangle of Knots

          Eleven-year-old orphan baker Cady embarks on a journey that leads her to a mysterious house, an old recipe, a family of Talent-seeking children, and a Talent Thief who changes her life forever.

Haskell, Merrie                      Handbook for Dragon Slayers

        A magical tale of perceptions, dangers, duty and a brave heroine in the person of 13-year-old Princess Matilda, who despite a crippling disability longs to write a book but whose life is turned upside down when politics and greed send her on the run with two would-be dragon slayers.

Harper, Charise Mericle                  Wisher, Dreamer, Liar

       Crushed when her best friend moves away, Ash is forced to spend the summer with the unconventional Claire, who discovers Ash's secret wishing jar that transports them into the lives of two friends from a different time.         

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.

Johnson, Jaleigh                   The Mark of the Dragonfly

           Since her father's death in a factory in the Dragonfly territories, thirteen-year-old Piper has eked out a living as a scrapper in Merrow Kingdom., but the arrival of a mysterious girl sends her on a dangerous journey to distant lands.

Kadohata, Cynthia                 The Thing about Luck

          Just when 12-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year filled with bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook, and do laundry for the harvest workers. 2013 National Book Award winner.

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.

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.

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..

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.

Sloan, Holly Goldberg                   Counting by 7's

        Fourteen-year-old homeschooled genius Willow Chance convinces her adoptive parents to let her attend high school to observe people her own age, and soon she has connected with a group of eccentrics who stand by her when tragedy strikes.    

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".

Standiford, Natalie                  Switched at Birthday

         Lavender sees  herself as the miserable but tough outsider at school, while Scarlet knows she is talented and popular, but insecure on the inside- then, on their mutual thirteenth birthday, they wake up in each other's bodies and are forced to learn what it means to walk in someone's else's shoes.

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.

Timberlake, Amy                         One Came Home

        In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgie sets out on a journey to find her sister. She will track every last clue and shred of evidence to bring Agatha home. Yet even with resolute determination and her trusty Springfield single-shot, Georgia is not prepared for what she faces on the western frontier.

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.

Williams-Garcia, Rita          P.S. Be Eleven

        The three Gaither sisters live in Brooklyn, where changes large and small come to their household as they grow up during the turbulent 1960's.

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.

Zahler, Diane                 Sleeping Beauty's  Daughters

        Twelve-year-old Princess Aurora has been cursed to prick her finger and sleep for one hundred years, but before her fate can come to pass, she and her sister Luna embark on a perilous journey to find the fairy who can break the curse.