Great Books for Girls

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By: Avi, 1937-
Accused and convicted of murder, thirteen-year-old Charlotte Doyle decides to reveal what really happened aboard the Seahawk--a ship piloted by a tyrannical captain and crewed by mutinous seamen--during the summer of 1832
By: Barrows, Annie.
Everyone in second grade seems set on breaking a world record and friends Ivy and Bean are no exception, deciding to become the youngest people ever to discover a dinosaur skeleton.
By: Blume, Lesley M. M.
Cornelia, eleven years old and lonely, learns about language and life from an elderly new neighbor who has many stories to share about the fabulous adventures she and her sisters had while traveling around the world.
By: Cleary, Beverly.
The further adventures of the Quimby family as Ramona enters the third grade.
By: Codell, Esmé Raji, 1968-
Struggling with school and her feelings since her father left, Sahara gets a fresh start with a new and unique teacher who supports her writing talents and the individuality of each of her classmates.
By: Couloumbis, Audrey.
After the death of the stern aunt who raised them since they were orphaned, eleven-year-old Sallie and her fifteen-year-old sister escape their self-serving guardians and begin an adventure resembling those in the dime novels Sallie loves to read.
By: Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills)
Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.
By: Erdrich, Louise.
Chronicles the experiences of an Ojibwa girl and her family as they live their lives quietly on an island in Lake Superior in 1847, until the white man comes and begins moving her entire tribe off their land.
By: Fitzhugh, Louise.
Eleven-year-old Harriet keeps notes on her classmates and neighbors in a secret notebook, but when some of the students read the notebook, they seek revenge.
By: Hale, Shannon.
While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.
By: Kelly, Jacqueline.
Curious about the grasshoppers in her backyard in rural Texas, 11-year-old Calpurnia turns to her grandfather and avid naturalist for information and ends up with a newfound respect for the natural world, the way it operates, and the similarities it shares with her own life as the only daughter in a family with six brothers, in this coming-of-age tale set in 1899.
By: Lin, Grace.
Hearing her father speak to the Old Man on the Moon in the quiet hours of the evening, Minli turns to him one day to ask for advice in order to improve the desperate situation of her impoverished family in this enchanting fantasy adventure for middle readers.
By: Lindgren, Astrid, 1907-2002
Escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey--but without any parents--at the edge of a Swedish village.
By: Lovelace, Maud Hart, 1892-1980.
After Tacy Kelly moves into the house across the street from Betsy Ray, the five-year-olds become inseparable friends.
By: Montgomery, L. M. (Lucy Maud), 1874-1942.
A young orphan struggles to adjust to the new experience of a permanent home on Prince Edward Island
By: O'Dell, Scott, 1898-1989.
Records the courage and self-reliance of an Indian girl who lived alone for eighteen years on an isolated island off the California coast when her tribe emigrated and she was left behind.
By: Pennypacker, Sara, 1951-
Armed with attitude, individuality, and a penchant for disaster, Clementine, a wonderfully wacky girl who is the inventor of the world's first pair of bologna glasses, makes her first appearance in this hilarious chapter book. Reprint.
By: Springer, Nancy.
Enola Holmes, much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, must travel to London in disguise to unravel the disappearance of her missing mother.
By: Stead, Rebecca.
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," 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.
By: Valente, Catherynne M., 1979-
After ordinary, 12-year-old September is told her help is needed in Fairyland, she is instructed by the Marquess to retrieve a talisman from the enchanted woods, which leads her to unexpected adventure and friendship.
By: Viorst, Judith.
Lulu’s parents refuse when she demands a pet brontosaurus for her birthday and so she sets out to find one on her own, but the brontosaurus she finally meets in the forest has no intention of becoming a pet. 75,000 first printing.
By: Wrede, Patricia C., 1953-
Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons' kingdom.
By: Williams-Garcia, Rita.
In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.
By: DiCamillo, Kate.
Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.
By: Kadohata, Cynthia.
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.