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Girls Action And Adventure Books

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Princess Academy - Shannon Hale
ISBN: 1599900734
Publication Date: 2007-04-17
"Miri discovers much about herself, including a special talent called quarry speak, a silent way to communicate. She uses this ability in many ways, most importantly to save herself and the other girls from harm. Each girl's story is brought to a satisfying conclusion, but this is not a fluffy, predictable fairy tale, even though it has wonderful moments of humor. Instead, Hale weaves an intricate, multilayered story about families, relationships, education, and the place we call home."

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The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren; Michael Chesworth (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780670876129
Publication Date: 1997-10-01
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

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The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond - Brenda Woods
ISBN: 9780399257148
Publication Date: 2014-01-09
A biracial girl finally gets the chance to meet the African American side of her family.

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Nim's Island - Wendy Orr; Kerry Millard (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375811234
Publication Date: 2001-03-13
Nim lives on the most beautiful island in the world (its location is a closely guarded secret) with a marine iguana, a sea lion, and her scientist dad, Jack. When he goes off to explore the world of plankton, the child occupies herself with typical Swiss Family Robinson-like chores and keeping her dad's batteries charged so she can check his e-mail on the laptop computer. When his boat becomes disabled, Nim's link to humanity becomes Alex Rover, the author of the novel she's reading, who has e-mailed Jack with some scientific questions. They correspond frequently, Nim giving Alex advice on building a raft out of coconuts, and Alex uncannily picturing spots on the island in her current book. A violent storm and volcanic eruption toward the end result in Nim saving the day, and the three characters set up life together on their paradise. And all of this occurs amid a clever plan to divert evil tourists from ever finding the island.

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Akiko on the Planet Smoo - Mark Crilley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780385327244
Publication Date: 2000-02-08
Ten-year-old Akiko has an unexpected adventure when she is whisked away to a distant plant and put in charge of a rescue mission that must search for the kidnapped Prince Froptoppit.

 

Realistic Girl Stories

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Becoming Naomi Leon - Pam Muñoz Ryan
ISBN: 0439269970
Publication Date: 2005-10-01
When Naomi's absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father

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The School Story - Andrew Clements; Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689825941
Publication Date: 2001-06-01
After twelve-year-old Natalie writes a wonderful novella, her friend Zoe helps her devise a scheme to get it accepted at the publishing house where Natalie's mother works as an editor.

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Millicent Min, Girl Genius - Lisa Yee
ISBN: 9780439425193
Publication Date: 2003-10-01
In a series of journal entries, eleven-year-old child prodigy Millicent Min records her struggles to learn to play volleyball, tutor her enemy, deal with her grandmother's departure, and make friends over the course of a tumultuous summer.

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New Girl in Town - Julia DeVillers; Paige Pooler (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416991281
Publication Date: 2010-07-06
Nine-year-old Liberty Porter, daughter of the President of the United States, starts at a new school and tries to be an exemplary First Daughter.

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The New Girl - Meg Cabot
ISBN: 9780545040495
Publication Date: 2008-09-01
Description:Guided by her rules, nine-year-old Allie works to get past being just the new girl at school, eagerly awaits the arrival of her kitten, and faces turmoil when her grandmother visits while the family is still settling into their new home.

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Feathers - Jacqueline Woodson
ISBN: 9780399239892
Publication Date: 2007-03-01
When a new, white student nicknamed "The Jesus Boy" joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie's growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light.

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The Year of the Book - Andrea Cheng; Abigail Halpin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547684635
Publication Date: 2012-05-22
Follows a young Chinese American girl, as she navigates relationships with family, friends, and her fourth-grade classroom, and finds a true best friend.

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The Year of the Dog - Grace Lin
ISBN: 9780316060004
Publication Date: 2005-12-20
Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog, those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life.

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Dumpling Days - Grace Lin
ISBN: 9780316125901
Publication Date: 2012-01-02
Autobiographical fiction; Coming-of-age stories; First person narratives; Realistic fiction

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Walk Two Moons - Sharon Creech
ISBN: 0060560134
Publication Date: 2003-12-23
To trace the path of her missing mother, Sal embarks on a journey from Ohio to Idaho with her grandparents. On the road, Sal tells the strange and exciting story of her friend Phoebe. As the miles pass, Phoebe's tale becomes more and more outrageous, while Sal's own story begins to emerge. In unraveling Phoebe's mystery, Sal comes ever closer to finding out the truth behind her own bittersweet journey. What will she find at the end of the road?

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Summer of the Gypsy Moths - Sara Pennypacker
ISBN: 0061964204
Publication Date: 2012-04-24
A foster child named Angel and twelve-year-old Stella, who are living with Stella's great-aunt Louise at the Linger Longer Cottage Colony on Cape Cod, secretly assume responsibility for the vacation rentals when Louise unexpectedly dies and the girls are afraid of being returned to the foster care system.

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The Penderwicks - Jeanne Birdsall
ISBN: 0440420474
Publication Date: 2007-03-13
While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother

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Ida B - Katherine Hannigan
ISBN: 0060730242
Publication Date: 2004-08-17
In Wisconsin, fourth-grader Ida B spends happy hours being home-schooled and playing in her family's apple orchard, until her mother begins treatment for breast cancer and her parents must sell part of the orchard and send her to public school.

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Sahara Special - Esmé Raji Codell
ISBN: 9780786807932
Publication Date: 2003-03-24
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.

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Amber Brown Goes Fourth - Tony Ross (Illustrator); Paula Danziger
ISBN: 9780142409015
Publication Date: 2007-10-04
Entering fourth grade, Amber faces some changes in her life as her best friend moves away

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My Last Best Friend - Julie Bowe
ISBN: 9780152057770
Publication Date: 2007-04-01
After her best friend moves away, fourth-grader Ida May is determined not to make another best friend, despite the efforts of a new girl in her class.

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No Cream Puffs - Karen Day
ISBN: 9780375837753
Publication Date: 2008-05-13
n 1980, when twelve-year-old Madison, who loves to play baseball, decides to play in her town's baseball league, she never envisions the uproar it causes when she becomes the first girl to join.

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The Thing about Luck - Cynthia Kadohata; Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416918820
Publication Date: 2013-06-04
Just when twelve-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of 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 harvest workers.

 

Historical Girl Stories

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Esperanza Rising - Pam Muñoz Ryan
ISBN: 0439120411
Publication Date: 2000-10-01
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression

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Yellow Star - Jennifer Rozines Roy
ISBN: 076145277X
Publication Date: 2006-04-01
From 1939, when Syvia is four and a half years old, to 1945 when she has just turned ten, a Jewish girl and her family struggle to survive in PolandÕs Lodz ghetto during the Nazi occupation

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Bo at Ballard Creek - Kirkpatrick Hill; LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805093513
Publication Date: 2013-06-18
"It's the 1920s, and Bo was headed for an Alaska orphanage when she won the hearts of two tough gold miners who set out to raise her, enthusiastically helped by all the kind people of the nearby Eskimo village"-- Provided

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Rachel's Journal - Marissa Moss
ISBN: 9780152018061
Publication Date: 1998-09-01
In her journal, a ten-year-old girl chronicles her family's adventures along the Oregon Trail in 1850.

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Meet Addy - Connie Rose Porter; Dahl Taylor (Illustrator); Roberta Johnson (Editor); Renee Graef (Illustrator); Luann Roberts (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781562470760
Publication Date: 1991-09-01
Nine-year-old Addy Walker escapes from a cruel life of slavery to freedom during the Civil War.

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Meet Molly - Valerie Tripp; Nick Backes (Illustrator); Keith Skeen (Illustrator); Renee Graef (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780937295076
Publication Date: 1988-03-01
While her father is away fighting in World War II, Molly finds her life full of change as she eats terrible vegetables from the "victory garden" and plans revenge on her brother for ruining her Halloween.

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Meet Josefina - Valerie Tripp; Jean-Paul Tibbles (Illustrator); Susan McAliley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781562475161
Publication Date: 1997-09-01
Nine-year-old Josefina, the youngest of four sisters living in New Mexico in 1824, tries to help run the household after her mother dies.

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Emma's Journal - Marissa Moss
ISBN: 9780152020255
Publication Date: 1999-08-30
From 1774 to 1776, Emma describes in her journal her stay in Boston, where she witnesses the British blockade and spies for the American militia. Features hand-printed text, drawings, and marginal notes.

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Felicity Learns a Lesson - Valerie Tripp; Dan Andreasen (Illustrator); Luann Roberts (Illustrator); Keith Skeen (Illustrator); Jeanne Thieme (Editor)
ISBN: 9781562470074
Publication Date: 1991-09-01
Shortly before the Revolutionary War, nine-year-old Felicity, who lives in Williamsburg, is torn between supporting the tariff-induced tea boycott and saving her friendship with Elizabeth, a young loyalist from England. Includes essay: "School in 1774.".

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Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O'Dell
ISBN: 0547328613
Publication Date: 2010-02-08
This Newbery Medal-winning novel tells the story of twelve-year-old Karana who lives alone on a Pacific Island after she leaps from a rescue ship to save her younger brother who was left behind. Isolated on the island for eighteen years, Karana forages for food, builds weapons to fight predators, clothes herself in a cormorant feathered skirt, and finds strength and peace in her seclusion

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Anna All Year Round - Diane de Groat (Illustrator); Mary Downing Hahn
ISBN: 9780395869758
Publication Date: 1999-03-29
Eight-year-old Anna experiences a series of episodes, some that are funny, others sad, involving friends and family during a year in Baltimore just before World War I.

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Jo's Story - Susan Beth Pfeffer; Louisa May Alcott
ISBN: 9780385325233
Publication Date: 1997-10-06
When a wealthy aunt offers to adopt one of the March girls, ten-year-old Jo decides the best thing to do is sacrifice herself.

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Sylvia and Aki - Winifred Conkling
ISBN: 1582463379
Publication Date: 2011-07-12
At the start of World War II, Japanese-American third-grader Aki and her family are sent to an internment camp in Poston, Arizona, while Mexican-American third-grader Sylvia's family leases their Orange County, California, farm and begins a fight to stop school segregation.

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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate - Jacqueline Kelly
ISBN: 9780805088410
Publication Date: 2009-05-12
In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.

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Inside Out and Back Again - Thanhhà Lai
ISBN: 9780061962783
Publication Date: 2011-02-22
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

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The Kite Fighters - Linda Sue Park
ISBN: 9780395940419
Publication Date: 2000-03-20
In Korea in 1473, eleven-year-old Young-sup overcomes his rivalry with his older brother Kee-sup, who as the first-born son receives special treatment from their father, and combines his kite-flying skill with Kee-sup's kite-making skill in an attempt to win the New Year kite-fighting competition.

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The Year of Miss Agnes - Kirkpatrick Hill; Peter Knorr (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689829338
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
Ten-year-old Fred (short for Frederika) narrates the story of school and village life among the Athapascans in Alaska during 1948 when Miss Agnes arrived as the new teacher.

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The Courage of Sarah Noble - Alice Dalgliesh; Leonard Weisgard (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780684188300
Publication Date: 1987-05-30
The story of an eight-year-old girl who finds the courage to accompany her father into the Connecticut wilderness and remain with the Indians when her father goes back to bring the rest of the family.

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Meet Rebecca - Jacqueline Dembar Greene; Jennifer Hirsch (Editor); Robert Hunt (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781593695217
Publication Date: 2009-07-01
In 1914 New York City, nine-year-old Rebecca is determined to show her family that she is old enough to light the Shabbos candles and go to the movies.

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Meet Marie-Grace - Sarah Masters Buckey; Christine Kornacki (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781593696528
Publication Date: 2011-08-30
Marie-Grace Gardner, a doctor's daughter who has just returned to her native New Orleans in 1853, makes friends with Câecile Rey, whose prosperous family are free people of color, and is persuaded to change places with her at separate Mardi Gras balls.

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Little House in the Highlands - Melissa Wiley; Renee Graef (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0060282029
Publication Date: 1999-02-01
The childhood adventures in the Scottish countryside of six-year-old Martha Morse, who would grow up to become the great-grandmother of author Laura Ingalls Wilder.

 

Classic Girl Stories

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A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett; Lynne Sharon Schwartz (Afterword by)
ISBN: 0451525094
Publication Date: 1990-12-04
Written by British-born author Frances Hodgson Burnett and first published in 1905, A Little Princess tells the story of young Sara Crewe, privileged daughter of a wealthy diamond merchant. All the other girls at Miss Minchin's school treat Sara as if she truly were a princess. But when Captain Crewe's fortune is sadly lost, Sara's luck changes. Suddenly she is treated no better than a scullery maid. Her own fierce determination to maintain her dignity and remain a princess inside has intrigued and delighted readers for over a hundred years, even inspiring a popular feature fil

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Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder; Garth Williams (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0061958271
Publication Date: 2010-09-28
Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867 in the log cabin described in Little House in the Big Woods. She and her family traveled by covered wagon across the Midwest. Later, Laura and her husband, Almanzo Wilder, made their own covered-wagon trip with their daughter, Rose, to Mansfield, Missouri. There, believing in the importance of knowing where you began in order to appreciate how far you've come, Laura wrote about her childhood growing up on the American frontier. For millions of readers Laura lives on forever as the little pioneer girl in the beloved Little House books.

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The Middle Moffat - Eleanor Estes; Louis Slobodkin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152025294
Publication Date: 2001-04-01
Who is Jane Moffat, anyway? She isn't the youngest in the family, and she isn't the oldest -- she is always just Jane. How boring. So Jane decides to become a figure of mystery... the mysterious "Middle Moffat." But being in the middle is a lot harder than it looks. In between not rescuing stray dogs, and losing and finding best friends, Jane must secretly look after the oldest inhabitant of Cranbury... so he can live to be one hundred. Between brushing her hair from her eyes and holding up her stockings, she has to help the girls' basketball team win the championship. And it falls to Jane -- the only person in town with enough courage -- to stand up to the frightful mechanical wizard, Wallie Bangs.

Jane is so busy keeping Cranbury in order that she barely has time to be plain old Jane. Sometimes the middle is the most exciting place of all....

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Charlotte's Web - E. B. White; Garth Williams (Illustrator); Rosemary Wells (Contribution by)
ISBN: 0060282983
Publication Date: 1999-10-31
Wilbur the pig is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmerÕs Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him

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The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett; Graham Rust
ISBN: 0879236493
Publication Date: 2000-02-01
Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden

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Strawberry Girl - Lois Lenski (Illustrator); Lenski
ISBN: 0064405850
Publication Date: 2005-04-26
Strawberries -- big, ripe, and juicy. Ten-year-old Birdie Boyer can hardly wait to start picking them. But her family has just moved to the Florida backwoods, and they haven't even begun their planting. "Don't count your biddies afore they're hatched, gal young un!" her father tells her.

Making the new farm prosper is not easy. There is heat to suffer through, and droughts, and cold snaps. And, perhaps most worrisome of all for the Boyers, there are rowdy neighbors, just itching to start a feud.

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Number the Stars - Lois Lowry
ISBN: 0547577095
Publication Date: 2011-05-02
In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis

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All-of-a-Kind Family - Sydney Taylor; Helen John (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0440400597
Publication Date: 1984-12-01
The adventures of five sisters growing up in a Jewish family in New York in the early twentieth century.

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Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren; Florence Lamborn (Translator); Louis S. Glanzman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0670557455
Publication Date: 1950-10-16
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

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A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
ISBN: 0312367546
Publication Date: 2007-05-01
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for MegÕs father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government

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Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery
ISBN: 9780553213133
Publication Date: 1982-04-01
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.

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Mandy - Johanna Westerman (Illustrator); Julie Andrews Edwards
ISBN: 9780061207075
Publication Date: 2006-08-15
Longing for a place of her own, a ten-year-old orphan creates a secret home in a deserted cottage in the village of St. Martin's Green.

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Caddie Woodlawn - Carol Ryrie Brink; Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780027136708
Publication Date: 1973-11-01
Adventures of an eleven-year-old tomboy living in Wisconsin in 1864.

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Miracles on Maple Hill - Virginia Sorensen; Joe Krush (Illustrator); Beth Krush (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780152047191
Publication Date: 2003-08-01
After her father returns from the war moody and tired, Marly's family decides to move from the city to Maple Hill Farm in the Pennsylvania countryside where they share many adventures which help restore their spirits and their bond with each other.

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Ballet Shoes - Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 9780679847595
Publication Date: 1993-11-23
Relates the fortunes of three adopted sisters who take dancing and stage training, one to become an actress, the second a ballet dancer, and the third an airplane pilot.

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Betsy-Tacy - Maud Hart Lovelace; Lois Lenski (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064400961
Publication Date: 2007-08-14
After Tacy Kelly moves into the house across the street from Betsy Ray, the five-year-olds become inseparable friends.

 

Girl Role Models and their Stories

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The Librarian of Basra - Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152054456
Publication Date: 2005-01-01
"In the Koran, the first thing God said to Muhammad was 'Read.'"-- Alia Muhammad Baker

Alia Muhammad Baker is a librarian in Basra, Iraq. For fourteen years, her library has been a meeting place for those who love books. Until now. Now war has come, and Alia fears that the library--along with the thirty thousand books within it--will be destroyed forever.

In a war-stricken country where civilians--especially women--have little power, this true story about a librarian's struggle to save her community's priceless collection of books reminds us all how, throughout the world, the love of literature and the respect for knowledge know no boundaries.

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Founding Mothers - Cokie Roberts; Diane Goode (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0060780029
Publication Date: 2014-01-28
Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies reveals the incredible accomplishments of the women who orchestrated the American Revolution behind the scenes. Roberts traces the stories of heroic, patriotic women such as Abigail Adams, Martha Washington, Phillis Wheatley, Mercy Otis Warren, Sarah Livingston Jay, and others. Details are gleaned from their letters, private journals, lists, and ledgers. The bravery of these women's courageous acts contributed to the founding of America and spurred the founding fathers to make this a country that "remembered the ladies."

 

Girl Folktales and Fairy Tales

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Her Stories - Virginia Hamilton; Leo Dillon (Illustrator); Diane Dillon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780590473705
Publication Date: 1995-11-01
Collection of 19 folktales, legends, and true stories celebrating the heroic cunning, patience, and courage of African-American women and girls.

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Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg - Gail Carson Levine; David Christiana (Illustrator); Disney Book Group Staff
ISBN: 9780786834914
Publication Date: 2005-09-01
Tinker Bell and the other residents of Fairy Haven do not know what to make of Prilla, the new fairy who is quite strange, clumsy, and seemingly talentless, but when Never Land is in danger, Prilla's talent emerges.

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The Fairy-Tale Detectives - Michael Buckley; Peter Ferguson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780810959255
Publication Date: 2005-10-01
Taken out of foster care by a woman who claims to be their grandmother, orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are whisked away to Ferryport Landing, New York. There they learn that their ancestors, the famous Brothers Grimm, wrote not make-believe stories, but the history of the Everafters -- fairy-tale characters like Jack-the-giant-killer and the Three Little Pigs. Now the Everafters live in Ferryport, where they've been watched by the Grimm family for generations...and some of them need to be watched closely indeed. -- Description by Ellen Foreman.

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Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine
ISBN: 0064407055
Publication Date: 2011-04-19
After her birth, Ella of Frell was given a foolish fairy's gift--the "gift" of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it's hopping on one foot for a day or chopping off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. She goes on a quest, encountering ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, fairy godmothers, and handsome princes, determined to break the curse -- and live happily ever after.

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The Ordinary Princess - M. M. Kaye (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0142300853
Publication Date: 2002-03-18
Along with Wit, Charm, Health, and Courage, Princess Amy of Phantasmorania receives a special fairy christening gift: Ordinariness. Unlike her six beautiful sisters, she has brown hair and freckles, and would rather have adventures than play the harp, embroider tapestries . . . or become a Queen.

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Princess Academy - Shannon Hale
ISBN: 1599900734
Publication Date: 2007-04-17
Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.

Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.

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The Night Fairy - Laura Amy Schlitz; Angela Barrett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763652954
Publication Date: 2011-09-13
What would happen to a fairy if she lost her wings and could no longer fly? Flory, a young night fairy no taller than an acorn and still becoming accustomed to her wings -- wings as beautiful as those of a luna moth -- is about to find out. What she discovers is that the world is very big and very dangerous. But Flory is fierce and willing to do whatever it takes to survive. If that means telling others what to do -- like Skuggle, a squirrel ruled by his stomach -- so be it. Not every creature, however, is as willing to bend to Flory's demands.

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The Fairy-Tale Detectives - Michael Buckley; Peter Ferguson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780810959255
Publication Date: 2005-10-01
First book in series) Taken out of foster care by a woman who claims to be their grandmother, orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are whisked away to Ferryport Landing, New York. There they learn that their ancestors, the famous Brothers Grimm, wrote not make-believe stories, but the history of the Everafters -- fairy-tale characters like Jack-the-giant-killer and the Three Little Pigs. Now the Everafters live in Ferryport, where they've been watched by the Grimm family for generations...and some of them need to be watched closely indee

 

Girls in Fantasy Stories

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Flora and Ulysses - Kate DiCamillo; K. G. Campbell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763660406
Publication Date: 2013-09-24
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.

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Catherynne M. Valente; Ana Juan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780312649616
Publication Date: 2011-05-10
Twelve-year-old September's ordinary life in Omaha turns to adventure when a Green Wind takes her to Fairyland to retrieve a talisman the new and fickle Marquess wants from the enchanted woods.

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Matilda - Roald Dahl; Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780670824397
Publication Date: 1988-10-01
Child genius, Matilda, applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.

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Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt
ISBN: 0312369816
Publication Date: 2007-08-21
Doomed to--or blessed with--eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.

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The Two Princesses of Bamarre - Gail Carson Levine; Levine
ISBN: 9780060293154
Publication Date: 2001-03-20
With her adventurous sister, Meryl, suffering from the Grey death, meek and timid Princess Addie sets out to find a cure and encounters monsters and other dangers along the way.

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - Grace Lin
ISBN: 0316038636
Publication Date: 2011-04-12
In the valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer.

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The Magic Half - Annie Barrows
ISBN: 159990358X
Publication Date: 2009-04-27
Miri is the non-twin child in a family with two sets of them--older brothers and younger sisters. The family has just moved to an old farmhouse in a new town, where the only good thing seems to be Miri's ten-sided attic bedroom. But when Miri gets sent to her room after accidentally bashing her big brother on the head with a shovel, she finds herself in the same room . . . only not quite.

Without meaning to, she has found a way to travel back in time to 1935 where she discovers Molly, a girl her own age very much in need of a loving family. A highly satisfying classic-in-the-making full of spine-tingling moments, this is a delightful time-travel novel for the whole family.

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Starry River of the Sky - Grace Lin
ISBN: 9780316215534
Publication Date: 2012-10-02
An innkeeper's chore boy discovers that a visitor's stories hold the key to returning the moon to the Starry River of the Sky.

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Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg - Gail Carson Levine; David Christiana (Illustrator); Disney Book Group Staff
ISBN: 0786834919
Publication Date: 2005-09-01
Tinker Bell and the other residents of Fairy Haven do not know what to make of Prilla, the new fairy who is quite strange, clumsy, and seemingly talentless, but when Never Land is in danger, Prilla's talent emerges.

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Fairies and the Quest for Never Land - Gail Carson Levine; David Christiana (Illustrator); Disney Book Group Staff
ISBN: 9781423109358
Publication Date: 2010-06-01
Gwendolyn receives the "kiss" necklace that Peter Pan gave to Wendy, she wishes she was actually in Fairy Haven, then Peter Pan comes, blows fairy dust on her, and she is in Never Land trying to save Fairy Haven from Kyto, an evil dragon

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Thora - Gillian Johnson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0060743786
Publication Date: 2005-07-26
(First book in series) Ten-year-old Thora, daughter of a mermaid mother and a human father, has many adventures at sea until she must return to the English seaside town of Grimli and save her mother who has been captured by the greedy real estate developer, Frooty de Mare.

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The Spindlers - Lauren Oliver; Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061978081
Publication Date: 2012-10-02
Accompanied by an eccentric, human-sized rat, Liza embarks on a perilous quest through an underground realm to save her brother Patrick, whose soul has been stolen by the evilest of creatures--the spider-like spindlers.

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Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones
ISBN: 0688062334
Publication Date: 1986-04-14
Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.

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Inkheart - Cornelia Funke; Anthea Bell (Translator)
ISBN: 9780439531641
Publication Date: 2003-10-01
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 those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

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The City of Ember - Jeanne DuPrau
ISBN: 9780375822735
Publication Date: 2003-05-13
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

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The Magician's Elephant - Kate DiCamillo; Yoko Tanaka (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763644109
Publication Date: 2009-09-08
When ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene encounters a fortune teller in the marketplace one day and she tells him that his sister, who is presumed dead, is in fact alive, he embarks on a remarkable series of adventures as he desperately tries to find her.

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A Tale Dark and Grimm - Adam Gidwitz; Jacob Grimm; Wilhelm K. Grimm; Hugh D'Andrade (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525423348
Publication Date: 2010-10-28
First book in series) If you think of fairy tales as nice, pretty little stories to bore children to sleep with, A Tale Dark & Grimm will make you think again. Weaving the disturbing bits of several Brothers Grimm tales and plenty of his own mischief into a single story, author Adam Gidwitz tells his own version of the (often gruesome) adventures of Hansel and Gretel. --

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A Tangle of Knots - Lisa Graff
ISBN: 9780399255175
Publication Date: 2013-02-05
"Destiny leads 11-year-old Cady to a peanut butter factory, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever"--Provided by publisher. Includes cake recipes.

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The Tail of Emily Windsnap - Liz Kessler; Sarah Gibb (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763624835
Publication Date: 2004-04-12
After finally convincing her mother that she should take swimming lessons, twelve-year-old Emily discovers a terrible and wonderful secret about herself that opens up a whole new world.

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Dragon Rider - Cornelia Funke
ISBN: 9780545316484
Publication Date: 2011-04-01
After learning that humans are headed toward his hidden home, Firedrake, a silver dragon, is joined by a brownie and an orphan boy in a quest to find the legendary valley known as the Rim of Heaven, encountering friendly and unfriendly creatures along the way, and struggling to evade the relentless pursuit of an old enemy.

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Igraine the Brave - Cornelia Funke (Illustrator); Anthea Bell (Translator)
ISBN: 9780439903790
Publication Date: 2007-10-01
The daughter of two magicians, twelve-year-old Igraine wants nothing more than to be a knight, and when their castle is attacked by a treacherous neighbor bent on stealing their singing magic books, Igraine has an opportunity to demonstrate her bravery.

 

Humorous Girls Stories

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Clementine - Sara Pennypacker; Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0786838833
Publication Date: 2008-02-15
While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish

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Everything on a Waffle - Polly Horvath
ISBN: 0312380046
Publication Date: 2008-04-15
Eleven-year-old Primrose living in a small fishing village in British Columbia recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea.

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Roxie and the Hooligans - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor; Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1416902449
Publication Date: 2007-05-08
Roxie Warbler, the niece of a famous explorer, follows Uncle DangerfootÕs advice on how to survive any crisis when she becomes stranded on an island with a gang of school bullies and a pair of murderous bank robber

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Wednesdays in the Tower - Jessica Day George
ISBN: 1599906457
Publication Date: 2013-05-07
After discovering a giant egg in the magical Castle Glower, Princess Celie agrees to care for the egg and what creature it hatches.

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El Deafo - Cece Bell; David Lasky (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1419712179
Publication Date: 2014-09-02
The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower." "Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful-- and very awkward--hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear- -sometimes things she shouldn't--but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become "El Deafo, Listener for All." And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she's longed for"-- from publisher's web site

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Sophie Simon Solves Them All - Lisa Graff; Jason Beene (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1250028981
Publication Date: 2012-09-18
Sophie Simon, a third-grade genius, wants a graphing calculator so she can continue to study calculus while she rides the bus to school, but her parents are more concerned that she does not have any friends

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Pie - Sarah Weeks
ISBN: 054527012X
Publication Date: 2013-04-30
After the death of Polly Portman, whose award-winning pies put the town of Ipswitch, Pennsylvania, on the map in the 1950s, her devoted niece Alice and Alice's friend Charlie investigate who is going to extremes to find Aunt Polly's secret pie crust recipe.

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The Worst Witch - Jill Murphy (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763672602
Publication Date: 2014-08-05
In her first year at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, Mildred Hubble makes an enemy when she accidentally turns Ethel, the teacher's pet, into a pig.

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Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator - Jennifer Allison
ISBN: 0142406988
Publication Date: 2006-11-23
During the summer before ninth grade, intrepid Gilda Joyce invites herself to the San Francisco mansion of distant cousin Lester Splinter and his thirteen-year-old daughter, where she uses her purported psychic abilities and detective skills to solve the mystery of the mansion's boarded-up tower

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The Aviary - Kathleen O'Dell
ISBN: 0375856056
Publication Date: 2011-09-13
In late nineteenth-century Maine, isolated, eleven-year-old Clara Dooley gains a friend and uncovers a magical secret that changes her life when she learns to care for the once-feared birds in the aviary attached to the Glendoveer mansion where she lives

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The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls - Elise Primavera (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0060569484
Publication Date: 2008-04-29
In order to save the town of Sherbet, four girls with very little in common become involved with some people and events that seem to bear a resemblance to "The Wizard of Oz

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My Haunted House - Angie Sage; Jimmy Pickering (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0060774835
Publication Date: 2008-08-26
Araminta enlists the help of several ghosts in an attempt to stop her Aunt Tabby from selling Spook House.

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Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism - Georgia Byng
ISBN: 9780060514099
Publication Date: 2004-04-13
Unlucky and unloved, Molly Moon, living in a dreary orphanage in a small English town, discovers a hidden talent for hypnotism and hypnotizes her way to stardom in New York City.

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The Adventures of Nanny Piggins - R. A. Spratt; Dan Santat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316068192
Publication Date: 2010-08-16
(First book in series) When Mr. Green, a stingy widower with three children he cannot be bothered with, decides to find a nanny for his children, he winds up hiring a glamorous ex-circus pig who knows nothing about children but a lot about chocolate.

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A House Called Awful End - Philip Ardagh; David Roberts (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0805068287
Publication Date: 2002-09-01
When eleven-year-old Eddie Dickens's sickly parents become "a bit crinkly round the edges," he is taken in by his great-uncle and great-aunt, Mad Uncle Jack and Mad Aunt Maude, and embarks on adventures that involve strolling actors, St. HorridÕs Home for Grateful Orphans, and a carnival float shaped like a giant cow

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Annie Pitts, Burger Kid - Diane deGroat
ISBN: 1587170159
Publication Date: 2000-08-01
Third-grader Annie Pitts loves hamburgers and is determined to become the Burger Barn's next poster child.

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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle - Betty MacDonald; Hilary Knight (Illustrator); Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780397317127
Publication Date: 2007-08-14
From her upside-down house, the eccentric Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle issues to parents her marvelous cures for such common children's diseases as Won't-Put-Away-Toys-itis, Answerbackism, and Fighter-Quarrelitis.

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Mr. and Mrs. Bunny - Polly Horvath; Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375967559
Publication Date: 2012-02-14
When Madeline's parents go missing, she encounters two bunnies who have decided to take up detective work and are willing to come to her aid.

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The Fran with Four Brains - Jim Benton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416902324
Publication Date: 2007-08-28
(First book in series) Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky and creepy, but when she has trouble making friends at her new school she experiments with fitting in--which works until a monster erupts from the trash can.

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Evangeline Mudd and the Golden-Haired Apes of the Ikkinasti Jungle - David Elliott; Andrea Wesson (Illustrator, Translator)
ISBN: 0763618764
Publication Date: 2004-02-02
When Evangeline Mudd's primatologist parents travel without her to the Ikkinasti Jungle to study the golden-haired apes, Evangeline and the world-famous Dr. Aphrodite Pikkaflee are eventually called upon to rescue the Mudds and save the jungle from the evil schemes of AphroditeÕs money-mad brother

 

Girl's With Mystery and Suspense

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The Bad Beginning - Lemony Snicket; Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060283124
Publication Date: 1999-09-30
After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.

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The Hidden Staircase - Carolyn Keene
ISBN: 0448095025
Publication Date: 1930-05-01
Teenage detective Nancy Drew uses her courage and powers of deduction to solve the mysterious happenings in an old stone mansion.

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Spy on the Home Front - Hart Alison; Tibbles Jean-P (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1584859962
Publication Date: 2005-03-01
During a visit to her grandparents' Illinois farm in 1944, ten-year-old Molly tries to prove the innocence of a German-American neighbor whom the FBI suspects of smuggling anti-American propaganda

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Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh
ISBN: 0440416795
Publication Date: 2001-05-08
Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. In her notebook, she writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends up in the wrong hands. Before she can stop them, her friends have read the always truthful, sometimes awful things she's written about each of them. Will Harriet find a way to put her life and her friendships back together?

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - E. L. Konigsburg
ISBN: 0689711816
Publication Date: 1998-04-01
When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn't just want to run. Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at auction for a bargain price of $225. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isn't it? Claudia is determined to find out. Her quest leads her to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue, and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself

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The Great Cake Mystery - Alexander McCall Smith
ISBN: 9780307949455
Publication Date: 2012-04-03
Before becoming the first female private investigator in Botswana, eight-year-old Precious Ramotswe tracks down a thief who has been stealing her classmates' snacks.

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Ottoline and the Yellow Cat - Chris Riddell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061448799
Publication Date: 2008-04-29
Ottoline Brown and her best friend Mr. Munroe create a clever plan to solve the disappearance of several lapdogs and a string of daring burglaries in Big City.

 

Girls in Diaries

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A Time for Courage - Kathryn Lasky
ISBN: 9780590511414
Publication Date: 2002-03-01
A diary account of thirteen-year-old Kathleen Bowen's life in Washington, D. C. in 1917, as she juggles concerns about the national battle for women's suffrage, the war in Europe, and her own school work and family. Includes

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A Light in the Storm - Karen Hesse
ISBN: 9780439555357
Publication Date: 2003-11-01
n 1860 and 1861, while working in her father's lighthouse on an island off the coast of Delaware, fifteen-year-old Amelia records in her diary how the Civil War is beginning to devastate her divided state.

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A Line in the Sand - Sherry Garland
ISBN: 0590394665
Publication Date: 1998-09-01
In the diary she receives for her 13th birthday in 1835, Lucinda Lawrence describes the hardships her family and other residents of the "Texas colonies" endure when they decide to face The Mexicans in a fight for their freedom.

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Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie - Kristiana Gregory
ISBN: 0590226517
Publication Date: 1997-03-01
In her diary, thirteen-year-old Hattie chronicles her family's arduous 1847 journey from Missouri to Oregon on the Oregon trail.

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A Coal Miner's Bride - Susan Campbell Bartoletti
ISBN: 9780439053860
Publication Date: 2000-07-01
A diary account of thirteen-year-old Anetka's life in Poland in 1896, immigration to America, marriage to a coal miner, widowhood, and happiness in finally finding her true love.

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Color Me Dark - Patricia C. McKissack
ISBN: 0590511599
Publication Date: 2000-04-01
Eleven-year-old Nellie Lee Love records in her diary the events of 1919, when her family moves from Tennessee to Chicago, hoping to leave the racism and hatred of the South behind

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Sondok - Sheri Holman
ISBN: 9780439165860
Publication Date: 2002-06-01
n a series of messages placed in her grandmother's ancestral jar, a seventh century princess and future ruler of the Korean kingdom of Silla vents her frustration at not being permitted to study astronomy because she is a girl.

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Cleopatra VII - Kristiana Gregory
ISBN: 9780590819756
Publication Date: 1999-09-01
While her father is in hiding after attempts on his life, twelve-year-old Cleopatra records in her diary how she fears for her own safety and hopes to survive to become Queen of Egypt some day.

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Anastasia - Carolyn Meyer
ISBN: 9780439129084
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
A novel in diary form in which the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II describes the privileged life her family led up until the time of World War I and the tragic events that befell them.

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Ka'iulani - Ellen Emerson White
ISBN: 9780439129091
Publication Date: 2001-04-01
Follows the life of Victoria Kaiulani Cleghorn from 1889 to 1893 as she studies to be a better princess, even as Hawaii's monarchy, and her throne, are being undermined by American businessmen. Includes Kalakaua family tree and glossary/pronunciation guide.

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Spring Pearl - Laurence Yep; Kazuhiko Sano (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781584855958
Publication Date: 2002-10-01
Called boyish by her new family for being able to read and write, twelve-year-old, orphaned Spring Pearl's "odd ways" help save the family during the 1857 Opium War in Canton, China.

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Cecile - Mary Casanova
ISBN: 9781584855187
Publication Date: 2002-09-01
In 1711, twelve-year-old Cecile Revel unexpectedly gets the chance to serve Louis XIV's sister-in-law at the palace of Versailles, but instead of a dream come true, life at court proves to be complicated and precarious.

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Amelia's Notebook - Marissa Moss (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781883672188
Publication Date: 1995-02-01
The hand-lettered contents of a nine-year-old girl's notebook, in which she records her thoughts and feelings about moving, starting school, and dealing with her older sister, as well as keeping her old best friend and making a new one.

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Strong Girl Biographies

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Who Is Malala Yousafzai? - Dina Anastasio; Dinah Brown; Andrew Thomson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0448489376
Publication Date: 2015-08-11
Malala Yousafzai was a girl who loved to learn but was told that girls would no longer be allowed to go to school. She wrote a blog for the BBC that called attention to what was happening in her beautiful corner of Pakistan and realized that words can bring about change. She has continued to speak out for the right of all children to have an education. In 2014 she won the Nobel Peace Prize.

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First Girl Scout - Ginger Wadsworth
ISBN: 0547243944
Publication Date: 2012-02-06
Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts in 2012, a lavishly illustrated account of the fascinating life of the woman who started it all. Juliette (Daisy) Gordon Low was a remarkable woman with ideas that were ahead of her time. She witnessed important eras in U.S. history, from the Civil War and Reconstruction to westward expansion to post--World War I and she made history by founding the first national organization to bring girls from all backgrounds into the out-of-doors. Daisy created controversy by encouraging them to prepare not only for traditional homemaking but also for roles as professional women--in the arts, sciences, and business--and for active citizenship outside the home. Her group also welcomed girls with disabilities at a time when they were usually excluded.

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Through My Eyes - Ruby Bridges
ISBN: 0590189239
Publication Date: 1999-09-01
In November 1960, all of America watched as a tiny six-year-old black girl, surrounded by federal marshals, walked through a mob of screaming segregationists and into her school. An icon of the civil rights movement, Ruby Bridges chronicles each dramatic step of this pivotal event in history.

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Eleanor, Quiet No More - Doreen Rappaport; Gary Kelley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0786851414
Publication Date: 2009-02-03
A biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, the most socially and politically active -- and controversial -- First Lady America had ever seen. Ambassador, activist, and champion of civil rights, Eleanor Roosevelt changed the soul of America forever. Includes selected quotes from Eleanor's own writings.

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Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan - Jon Zonderman; Bruce Glassman (Editor); Jim McGinness (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1567110886
Publication Date: 1994-11-01
A biography detailing Helen Keller's adventurous life as she worked tirelessly to lead the way for handicapped people.

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Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson
ISBN: 9780399252518
Publication Date: 2014-08-28
n vivid poems that reflect the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, an award-winning author shares what it was like to grow up in the 1960s and 1970s in both the North and the South.

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A Crooked Kind of Perfect - Linda Urban
ISBN: 9780152060077
Publication Date: 2007-09-01
Ten-year-old Zoe Elias, who longs to play the piano but must resign herself to learning the organ, instead, finds that her musicianship has a positive impact on her workaholic mother, her jittery father, and her school social life.

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Starting with Alice - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
ISBN: 9780689843952
Publication Date: 2002-09-01
After she, her older brother, and their father move from Chicago to Maryland, Alice has trouble fitting into her new third grade class, but with the help of some new friends and her own unique outlook, she survives.

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Just Grace - Charise Mericle Harper
ISBN: 9780618646425
Publication Date: 2007-04-23
Misnamed by her teacher, seven-year-old Just Grace prides herself on being empathetic, but when she tries to help a neighbor feel better, her good intentions backfire

 

Powerful Girls in history

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33 Things Every Girl Should Know about Women's History - Tonya Bolden (Editor)
ISBN: 0375811222
Publication Date: 2002-02-12
Did you know that as recently as 1972, male employees could legally be paid twice as much as females for doing the same job? Or that in the 1992 edition of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, only 5.5 percent of the quoted lines were written by women? It's easy now to be complacent about such rights as voting, equal pay for men and women, education, even speaking. But it wasn't so long ago that women were fighting--sometimes with their lives--for these rights. And, as this rabble-rousing collection of essays, poems, drama, photos, illustrations, and stories reveals, the many "firsts" in history (or "herstory") are entirely relevant to the lives of girls and women today.

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Amelia to Zora - Cynthia Chin-Lee; Megan Halsey (Illustrator); Sean Addy (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1570915229
Publication Date: 2005-02-01
Twenty-six amazing women; twenty-six amazing stories. From Amelia Earhart, pilot and adventurer, to Zora Neale Hurston, writer and anthropologist, learn about the hardships and triumphs that inspired each woman to change the world around her. Detailed collages and illustrations draw from various events in the women's lives.

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Ballots for Belva - Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen; Courtney A. Martin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419716270
Publication Date: 2015-03-17
Starting with an anecdote in which 10-year-old Belva Lockwood tried to "move a mountain," this picture-book biography introduces the woman who ran for president more than a century ago. That mountain-moving determination emerges as the recurring theme of her public life as she obtained a law degree, fought for equal rights, and ultimately became the first woman to receive certified votes during her 1884 presidential campaign. The book focuses largely on that presidential run, though many of Lockwood's other accomplishments are mentioned, such as arguing a case before the Supreme Court and her trendsetting use of an early version of a tricycle. A closing author's note and a time line fill in more details. The narrative generally provides just enough information to convey Lockwood's achievements and the challenges she faced. Though groundbreaking, her candidacy inspired opposition and ridicule, not just from men, but from women and even other suffragists. Quotes from Lockwood and others enliven the text. Her letter to President Grant regarding the denial of her law school diploma, for example, neatly demonstrates her polite but forceful personality. Handsome illustrations clearly set the time and place, and Lockwood's fortitude comes through in her posture and facial expressions. She is an appealing historical figure, and, with little available about her for younger readers, this is an especially timely and useful biography.

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Girls Think of Everything - Catherine Thimmesh; Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0618195637
Publication Date: 2002-03-11
n kitchens and living rooms, in garages and labs and basements, even in converted chicken coops, women and girls have invented ingenious innovations that have made our lives simpler and better. Their creations are some of the most enduring (the windshield wiper) and best loved (the chocolate chip cookie). What inspired these women, and just how did they turn their ideas into realities?

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Players in Pigtails - Shana Corey; Rebecca Gibbon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0439183057
Publication Date: 2003-03-01
Did you know that one of America's favorite songs, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," was written about a girl? And that in the 1940s girls all across America were crazy for our country's favorite game?
These little known facts inspired Shana Corey to imagine a story about how one determined girl made her way to the big leagues & found a sisterhood of players in pigtails. With the same exuberant spirit that fueled the formation of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, joyful text & jubilant pictures celebrate these brave girls' love of the game & the league they called their own.

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Girls Who Looked under Rocks - Jeannine Atkins; Paula Conner (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1584690119
Publication Date: 2004-03-01
f there is a pre-teen or adolescent in your life, especially a girl, take a look at this empowering, inspiring chapter book. It portrays the youths and careers of six remarkable women whose curiosity about nature fueled a passion to steadfastly overcome obstacles to careers in traditionally men-only occupations.

The six -- Maria Merian (b.1647), Anna Comstock (b.1854), Frances Hamerstrom (b.1907), Rachel Carson (b.1907), Miriam Rothschild (b.1908), and Jane Goodall (b.1934) -- all became renowned scientists, artists and writers.

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You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton? - Jean Fritz; DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0698117646
Publication Date: 1999-02-15
Who says women shouldn't speak in public? And why can't they vote?These are questions Elizabeth Cady Stanton grew up asking herself. Her father believed that girls didn't count as much as boys, and her own husband once got so embarrassed when she spoke at a convention that he left town. Luckily Lizziewasn't one to let society stop her from fighting for equality for everyone. And though she didn't live long enough to see women get to vote, our entire country benefited from her fight for women's rights."Fritz?imparts not just a sense of Stanton's accomplishments but a picture of the greater society Stanton strove to change?.Highly entertaining and enlightening."

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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes - Eleanor Coerr
ISBN: 9780399237997
Publication Date: 2002-02-18
Hospitalized with the dreaded atom bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold one thousand paper cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy.

 

Girls with Mystery and Suspense

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The Case of the Missing Marquess - Nancy Springer
ISBN: 0142409332
Publication Date: 2007-11-08
When Enola Holmes, sister to the detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappeared, she quickly embarks on a journey to London in search of her. But nothing can prepare her for what awaits. Because when she arrives, she finds herself involved in the kidnapping of a young marquess, fleeing murderous villains, and trying to elude her shrewd older brothers -- all while attempting to piece together clues to her mother's strange disappearance. Amid all the mayhem, will Enola be able to decode the necessary clues and find her mother?

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Chick-Napped! - Carolyn Keene; Macky Pamintuan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416955221
Publication Date: 2008-03-04
Nancy's class is hatching chickens to celebrate the coming of spring; but when they turn up missing, Nancy steps in to solve the mystery

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Alice-Miranda at School - Jacqueline Harvey
ISBN: 9780385739931
Publication Date: 2011-04-05
Soon after arriving at the Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies, resourceful seven-and-one-quarter-year-old Alice-Miranda finds her new boarding school to be a very curious establishment with no flowers in the gardens, a headmistress that has not been seen for years, and a mysterious stranger that seems to be hiding out on the premises

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The Scarlet Stockings Spy - Trinka Hakes Noble; Robert Papp (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1585362301
Publication Date: 2004-10-14
In 1777 Philadelphia, young Maddy Rose spies for General Washington's army by using an unusual code to communicate with her soldier brother

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The Lost Conspiracy - Frances Hardinge
ISBN: 9780060880415
Publication Date: 2009-09-01
When a lie is exposed and their tribe turns against them, Hathin must find a way to save her sister Arilou--once considered the tribe's oracle--and herself

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Poppy - Brian Floca (Illustrator); Avi
ISBN: 9780531094839
Publication Date: 1995-09-01
Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.

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Rickshaw Girl - Mitali Perkins; Jamie Hogan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580893084
Publication Date: 2007-02-01
In her Bangladesh village, ten-year-old Naimi excels at painting designs called alpanas, but to help her impoverished family financially she would have to be a boy--or disguise herself as one.

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Riding Freedom - Pam Muñoz Ryan; Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780590957663
Publication Date: 1998-02-01
A fictionalized account of Charley (Charlotte) Parkhurst who ran away from an orphanage, posed as a boy, moved to California, voted for President making her the first woman to vote in that state, and fooled everyone by her appearance.

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May B. - Caroline Starr Rose
ISBN: 9781582464121
Publication Date: 2012-01-10
When a failed wheat crop nearly bankrupts the Betterly family, Pa pulls twelve-year-old May from school and hires her out to a couple new to the Kansas frontier.

 

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Abby Takes a Stand - Gordon C. James (Illustrator); Patricia C. McKissack
ISBN: 9780670060115
Publication Date: 2005-07-21
Gee recalls for her grandchildren what happened in 1960 in Nashville, Tennessee, when she, aged ten, passed out flyers while her cousin and other adults held sit-ins at restaurants and lunch counters to protest segregation.

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A Faraway Island - Annika Thor; Linda Schenck (Translator)
ISBN: 9780385905909
Publication Date: 2009-11-10
In 1939 Sweden, two Jewish sisters wait in seperate foster homes for their parents to join them in fleeing the Nazis in Austria, but while eight-year-old Nellie settles in quickly, twelve-year-old Stephie feels stranded at the end of the world, with a foster mother who is as cold and unforgiving as the island on which they liv

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The Escape of Oney Judge - Emily Arnold McCully (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0374322252
Publication Date: 2007-01-23
Young Oney Judge risks everything to escape a life of slavery in the household of George and Martha Washington and to make her own way as a free black woman.

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Music for Alice - Allen Say
ISBN: 0618311181
Publication Date: 2004-03-29
A Japanese American farmer recounts her agricultural successes and setbacks and her enduring love of dance. Based on the true life story of Alice Sumida, who with her husband Mark, established the largest gladiola bulb farm in the country during the last half of the twentieth century.

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In Her Hands - Alan Schroeder; JaeMe Bereal (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1600603327
Publication Date: 2009-10-01
A biography of African American sculptor Augusta Savage, who overcame many obstacles as a young woman to become a premier female sculptor of the Harlem Renaissance. Includes an afterword about Savage's adult life and works, plus photographs"--Provided by publisher.

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A Voice of Her Own - Kathryn Lasky; Paul Lee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763628786
Publication Date: 2005-12-13
In 1761, a young African girl was sold to the Wheatley family in Boston, who named her Phillis after the slave schooner that had carried her. Kidnapped from her home in Africa and shipped to America, she'd had everything taken from her -- her family, her name, and her language. But Phillis Wheatley was no ordinary young girl. Amid the tumult of the Revolutionary War, Phillis Wheatley became a poet and ultimately had a book of verse published, establishing herself as the first African American woman poet this country had ever known. She also found what had been taken away from her and from slaves everywhere: a voice of her own.

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Vision of Beauty - Kathryn Lasky; Nneka Bennett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763618349
Publication Date: 2003-01-01
A vision of dignity and freedom and a powerful role model for girls and women of all races.

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Breadwinner - Deborah Ellis; D. Ellis
ISBN: 9780888994196
Publication Date: 2001-03-01
In Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, an eleven-year-old girl must disguise herself as a boy to earn money and shop for her family following her father’s arrest. Also sequels.

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A Jar of Dreams - Yoshiko Uchida
ISBN: 9780689502101
Publication Date: 1981-07-01
A young girl grows up in a closely-knit Japanese American family in California during a time of great prejudice.

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Blue Jasmine - Kashmira Sheth
ISBN: 9780786818556
Publication Date: 2004-07-01
When twelve-year-old Seema Trivedi learns that she and her family must move from their small Indian town to Iowa City, she realizes she'll have to say good-bye to the purple-jeweled mango trees and sweet-smelling jasmine, to the monsoon rains and the bustling market. More important, she must leave behind her best friend and cousin, Raju. Everything is different in Iowa City, where Seema feels like an outsider to the language and traditions. As she begins to plant roots in the foreign soil, however, her confidence starts to bloom, and she learns she can build a bridge between two homes. With lyrical language and poignant scenes, Kashmira Sheth unearths the meaning of "home" and "family" in this tender debut novel. Kashmira Sheth's own experiences as a teenager who moved by herself from India to America inspired her to write this novel. She is a microbiologist and lives with her family in Madison, Wisconsin

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