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Girl Power Books - Junior High and up KEYWORDS: RELATED: Mother-Daughter reading Books for Children - junior high and up

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Annie on My Mind

This groundbreaking book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family...

"...This groundbreaking book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family.... This groundbreaking book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, promise to be true to each other and their feelings.   Of the author and the book, the Margaret A. Edwards Award<..."

Nancy Garden Nancy Garden

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Away to the Goldfields!

Some things are more precious than gold Stubborn, spirited Molly Malarky embarks on a life-altering adventure as she and her brother flee their miserable...

Pat Derby

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Chill Wind

A tough and funny project girl manages to make that chill wind blow away The good life, according to Aisha Ingram, is easy. It's hanging with friends,...

"...A tough and funny project girl manages to make that chill wind blow away The good life, according to Aisha Ingram, is easy. It's hanging with friends,.... A tough and funny project girl manages to make that chill wind blow away The good life, according to Aisha Ingram, is easy. It's hanging..."

Janet McDonald Janet McDonald

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Deep in the Heart of High School

Vanna Reynolds was popular and happy back in Plano, Texas, but now she lives with her mother in a tiny apartment in San Antonio. How can she start her freshman...

"...meets marching band, with largely winning results.” —Kirkus Reviews..."

Veronica Goldbach Veronica Goldbach

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Frances Foster Books

Diamond Willow

There’s more to me than most people see. Twelve-year-old Willow would rather blend in than stick out. But she still wants to be seen for who she is. She...

"...survival adventure with a contemporary girl’s discovery of family roots and secrets.” —Booklist..."

Helen Frost Helen Frost

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Elsewhere

Is it possible to grow up while getting younger? Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. It’s quiet and peaceful....

"....  Hopeful and engaging."  -- Kirkus Reviews   "Funny and pensive, happy and heartbreaking.  Readers from..."

Gabrielle Zevin Gabrielle Zevin

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Grace

On September 7, 1838, twenty-two-year-old Grace Darling and her father rowed a small boat through turbulent seas to rescue the survivors of a shipwreck. Based...

Jill Paton Walsh Jill Paton Walsh

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Frances Foster Books

The House of Djinn

It has been ten years since Shabanu staged her death to secure the safety of her daughter, Mumtaz, from her husband’s murderous brother. Mumtaz has been raised...

"...and modernization in contemporary Pakistan." —Starred, Kirkus Reviews   "Splendidly drawn...moves along quickly and intensely with elements of intrigue and adventure, holding readers' attention..."

Suzanne Fisher Staples Suzanne Fisher Staples

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How High Can We Climb?

The Story of Women Explorers

A celebration of remarkably brave women In 1766, young Jeanne Baret is housekeeper to Dr. Philibert Commerson, a physician turned naturalist for the King of...

By Jeannine Atkins and Dusan Petricic

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Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss. She wouldn’t have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldn’t have hit her head on...

"...teen girls."—The ALAN Review   "Zevin blends romance, changing friendships, and familial..."

Gabrielle Zevin Gabrielle Zevin

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The Phoenix Dance

A journey through madness and mania On the island of Faranor in the kingdom of Windward, twelve princesses dance their shoes to shreds each night. No one...

Dia Calhoun Dia Calhoun

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Skunk Girl

If Nina Khan were to rate herself on the unofficial Pakistani prestige point system – the one she’s sure all the aunties and uncles use to determine the most...

"...that especially plagued me. The first was my sister.   Excerpted from Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim..."

Sheba Karim Sheba Karim

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Standing Against the Wind

Patrice Williams was happy living in Georgia with her grandmother, who called her “cocoa grandbaby.” Then her mother lured her to Chicago and ended up in jail....

".... Jones presents a girl with grit she never knew she had, and a boy so inspired by her that he..."

Traci L. Jones

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Spellbound

A fresh new voice on the YA scene. Raven's life has been derailed. She never expected she'd be a mother at sixteen like her best friend, Aisha, and she's...

"...A fresh new voice on the YA scene. Raven's life has been derailed. She never expected she'd be a mother at sixteen like her best friend, Aisha, and she's.... A fresh new voice on the YA scene. Raven's life has been derailed. She never expected she'd be a mother at sixteen like her best friend, Aisha, and she's afraid she's going to be just another high school dropout, a project girl with few..."

Janet McDonald Janet McDonald

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A True and Faithful Narrative

In Restoration London, sixteen-year-old Meg Moore is something of an anomaly. Unlike other girls her age, Meg pores over books. She spends long hours...

"...In Restoration London, sixteen-year-old Meg Moore is something of an anomaly. Unlike other girls her age, Meg pores over books. She spends long hours.... In Restoration London, sixteen-year-old Meg Moore is something of an anomaly. Unlike other girls her age, Meg pores over books. She spends long hours conversing with the famous authors and poets who visit her father’s bookstore, and even writes..."

Katherine Sturtevant Katherine Sturtevant

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Twists and Turns

The Washington sisters make good in the ’hood It may have taken them an extra year or two to do it, but the Washington sisters finally graduated high...

Janet McDonald Janet McDonald

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Aerial Fiction

Weeping Willow

Tiny Lambert struggles to find security and happiness when her high school years are marred after her stepfather rapes her.

Ruth White Ruth White

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The Espressologist

What’s your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you’re lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life....

Kristina Springer Kristina Springer

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