Your Friday Five

Girl Power!

As a young girl, I loved books with strong female characters.   I admired how these girls defied convention and exhibited courage and strength during tough situations.  As a woman, these traits in real-life figures and in book characters still inspire me.  These Friday Five picks are all about Girl Power!


Dealing With Dragons Cover Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
An atypical princess story and one of my favorite books growing up.  Her friends are dragons and she is everything a princess is ‘not supposed to be’ – headstrong, intelligent, and unwilling to conform.
Julie of the Wolves cover Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
An Eskimo girl learns to survive in some life-threatening conditions. The imagery from this book has stayed with me for a while.  
Little Women Cover Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
A heartwarming and classic tale of four sisters coming into their own. It is easy to be inspired by Jo March's determination and passion for writing.  
My Secret War cover My secret war: the World War II diary of Madeline Beck by Mary Pope Osborne
A 13 year old girl named Madeline Beck participates in the home front war effort, and learns to appreciate differences within her own community.
Roll of Thunder Cover Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Cassie Logan is the narrator of this story, which deals with the very difficult issues of racism.  Through all the struggles, she learns some valuable lessons, including the importance of family and the meaning of land that they can call their own.