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Girl Power Books - Middle Grade Children KEYWORDS: RELATED: Upper Elementary GradesCharacter Education Books for Children Junior High and Up

Encourage a positive view of women and girls with these recommended titles.

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Anne Hutchinson's Way

In 1634, young Susanna Hutchinson sailed from England with her family to the Massachusetts Bay Colony, where they hoped to practice their religion freely. But...

"...In 1634, young Susanna Hutchinson sailed from England with her family to the Massachusetts Bay Colony, where they hoped to practice their religion freely. But.... In 1634, young Susanna Hutchinson sailed from England with her family to the Massachusetts Bay Colony, where they hoped to practice their religion freely. But when Susanna’s mother, Anne, began to hold her own Scripture meetings at which she contradicted the minister’s teaching that God is stern and punitive, she ..."

By Jeannine Atkins and Michael Dooling

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Annie Glover is NOT a Tree Lover

Annie Glover’s grandma is always protesting something, but she goes too far when she chains herself to a century-old tree and names it Elmer. Elmer is...

By Darleen Bailey Beard and Heather Maione

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Buttermilk Hill

Finding a way to cope through poetry The days seem carefree for Piper Berry in her hometown of Buttermilk Hill, North Carolina -- days filled with fishing...

"...about fitting in with her dad's new family...and about her mother's dating ring true as she tries to build her own sense of family amid the rancor and change. Her poetry...gives her both recognition..."

Ruth White Ruth White

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The Cabinet of Wonders

The Kronos Chronicles: Book I

Petra Kronos has a simple, happy life. But it’s never been ordinary. She has a pet tin spider named Astrophil who likes to hide in her snarled hair and give...

"...for future installments, but this first novel of adventure, loyalty and familial love (not to mention..."

Marie Rutkoski Marie Rutkoski

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Claudette Colvin

Twice Toward Justice

“When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can’t sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ‘This is not right.’” – Claudette Colvin...

"...“Today, thanks to Hoose, a new generation of girls—and boys—can add Claudette Colvin to their list..."

Phillip Hoose Phillip Hoose

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The Crow-Girl

The Children of Crow Cove

A timeless novel about the kindness of strangers Near a little cove where a brook runs out to the sea live a girl and her grandmother. All alone with no...

"...to the sea live a girl and her grandmother. All alone with no.... A timeless novel about the kindness of strangers Near a little cove where a brook runs out to the sea live a girl and her grandmother. All..."

By Bodil Bredsdorff and Faith Ingwersen

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Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia

Will a spelling bee be the answer to all of Bird’s problems? All her life, all Bird has ever wanted is to be noticed in her small town and to get to Disney...

"...goals because of a state spelling bee, and she might get to make a friend along the way – a boy named..."

Barbara O'Connor Barbara O'Connor

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Franny Parker

“Rings on a tree tell a story,” Franny Parker tells Lucas Dunn. “They tell you about its seasons, if they’ve been plentiful or not.” So far, the rings of...

"..., the rings of Franny’s life have been marked by her family, their farm, their dusty little Oklahoma..."

Hannah Roberts McKinnon Hannah Roberts McKinnon

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Freak

For Miriam Fisher, a budding poet who reads the Oxford English Dictionary for fun, seventh grade is a year etched in her memory “clear as pain.” That’s the...

"...with Miriam’s family. And that’s the year the popular “watermelon girls” turn up the heat in their cruel..."

Marcella Pixley Marcella Pixley

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Frozen Billy

Ever since their mother was wrongfully imprisoned, Clarrie and her brother, Will, have been forced to live with their negligent uncle in England. Uncle Len...

By Anne Fine and Georgina McBain

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Makeovers by Marcia

Pretty is as pretty does Pretty, popular Marcia Faitak is not her usual self. Over the summer she gained five pounds, and when school begins, Marcia,...

"...Pretty is as pretty does Pretty, popular Marcia Faitak is not her usual self. Over the summer she gained five pounds, and when school begins, Marcia,.... Pretty is as pretty does Pretty, popular Marcia Faitak is not her usual self. Over the summer she gained five pounds, and when school begins..."

Claudia Mills Claudia Mills

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Gloria Rising

"Readers will connect with Gloria's fears and anger, and young astronaut wanna-bes will like the beautiful details about space." --Booklist

By Ann Cameron and Lis Toft

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Jemma Hartman, Camper Extraordinaire

Jemma Hartman knows that her first summer at beautiful Camp Star Lake is going to be amazing. There will be swimming, sailing, and overnight trips – not to...

"...A. Ferber offers an endearing look at friendships lost and found.. “Ferber has a fine ear..."

Brenda A. Ferber Brenda A. Ferber

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Grace Above All

What’s that pink thing out on the lake? Grace realizes with horror that the distant pink smudge on the water is her youngest sister, Beth, drifting farther and...

"...terrified sister. At that moment, boys are the last thing on Grace’s mind. But a boy turns up to assist..."

Jane St. Anthony Jane St. Anthony

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The Next-Door Dogs

Putting a fear to rest Sara Barker is afraid of dogs. Whenever she sees even a picture of one, she feels clammy and cold all over. So what's Sara to do when...

By Colby Rodowsky and Amy June Bates

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Operation Clean Sweep

Mom for mayor! Election day is fast approaching, and twelve-year-old Cornelius Sanwick discovers a secret: his mom is running for mayor! That would be...

"...Fingers Fred showed up in Umatilla? Friendship, first love, and above all filial devotion play..."

Darleen Bailey Beard Darleen Bailey Beard

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The Runaway Princess

“A dragon darkens our dells. A witch haunts our woods. Bandits roam our moors” . . . King Stromgard swept on. “In the tradition of so many monarchs, I offer my...

Kate Coombs Kate Coombs

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Something Out of Nothing

Marie Curie and Radium

Marie Curie’s story has fascinated and inspired young readers decades. The poor Polish girl who worked eight years to be able to afford to attend the...

"...Marie Curie’s story has fascinated and inspired young readers decades. The poor Polish girl who worked eight years to be able to afford to attend the.... Marie Curie’s story has fascinated and inspired young readers decades. The poor Polish girl who worked eight years to be able to afford to attend the Sorbonne in Paris became one of the most important scientists of her day, winning not one..."

Carla Killough McClafferty Carla Killough McClafferty

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Amanda MacLeish might be the only student in Mr. Abrams’s fifth-grade class who doesn’t mind doing her homework. Now that her father has left home and moved...

"...diary entries about a young girl named Polly who lives amid the chaos of the Civil War. Polly would..."

Claudia Mills Claudia Mills

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The Runaway Dragon

When Meg’s dragon, Laddy, flies away from home, she knows she must go on a quest to find him. But she hasn’t counted on her parents, the king and queen of...

Kate Coombs Kate Coombs

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Eidi

The Children of Crow Cove

Some years have passed since the Crow-Girl set off on a journey, met Eidi and her mother, Foula, along with a few others, and persuaded them to come live near...

"...Some years have passed since the Crow-Girl set off on a journey, met Eidi and her mother, Foula, along with a few others, and persuaded them to come live near.... Some years have passed since the Crow-Girl set off on a journey, met Eidi and her mother, Foula, along with a few others, and persuaded..."

By Bodil Bredsdorff and Kathryn Mahaffy

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