Girl Power!

These books are about girls who have a real sense of adventure. You will be cheering on each of these spunky girls, and you may even shed a tear or two along the way. All of these books are shelved in the fiction stacks. Go girls!

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan. Esperanza, a wealthy Mexican girl, faces harsh changes when a family tragedy forces her to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp during the Great Depression. Esperanza encounters prejudice, hard labor and ultimately the riches of family and community.

Rodzina by Karen Cushman Twelve-year-old Rodzina, a plain Polish orphan, rides the Orphan Train from Chicago to California during the 1880’s, desperate for a family and terrified of becoming a slave to strangers. How she finds a home with the woman doctor in charge of the orphan train makes a dramatic, lively story.

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbottson It’s 1910 and Miss Minton and Maia are sailing to the city of Manaus, a thousand miles up the mighty Amazon river. Maia, a lonely orphan, is excited to be starting a new life with relatives she’s never met. Mysterious Miss Minton has secret reasons of her own for making the journey. Plenty of drama and adventure, plus some great details of life in the Amazon jungle.

Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer Holm How would you like to be the only girl in town? May Amelia is an adventurous Finnish immigrant living in a tiny settlement in Washington State in 1899 with 7 brothers, a baby on the way, and a family trying to make her a proper young lady.

Pippi Longstocking  (series) by Astrid Lindgren You may have seen this on television, but do yourself a favor and read the book about outrageous Pippi.  She’s a Swedish girl with bright orange braids who lives with her horse and monkey and has a way of getting in and out of trouble that makes you laugh out loud.

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall This book about a family of four girls and their widowed father on summer vacation at a beautiful country estate in western Massachusetts has a lovely old-fashioned “Little Women” feel to it. There’s adventure, good natured family fun, and a tiny hint of romance for the oldest sister. (Sequel in library, two more as yet unpublished.)

Hill Hawk Hattie by Clara Gillow Clark The year is 1883 and Hattie’s ma has died.  Pa and Hattie are both having trouble adjusting, and soon eleven-year-old Hattie finds herself  dressed as a boy helping Pa on his river-rafting trip, shipping logs down the dangerous Delaware River. Will the rowdy river men discover she’s a girl?  Join Hattie and her father on their emotional, powerful journey. (sequel in library)

Gentle’s Holler by Kerry Madden No orphans in this one!  Just a big family (2 boys and 8 girls) living in North Carolina in the 1960’s.   They are a happy family, though money is scarce because Dad is a dreamer who’s trying to make it big as a banjo player, rather unsuccessfully.  Livy Two tells the story, which centers around her young sister Gentle who has eyes that “don’t work so good yet.”  When Grandma comes to stay and insists that Gentle see a doctor, the trouble starts.  There are two sequels in the library that I am looking forward to reading.

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman The Gold Rush comes to life in this colorful tale of ten-year-old Lucy, whose widowed mother moves the family from comfortable Massachusetts to a rough mining camp in the Sierras, full of ramshackle tents and tobacco-spitting miners.  Desperate to control something in her own life, Lucy grows and changes in her strange and challenging new environment.

12 Comments on “Girl Power!”

  1. Caroline Says:

    I’ve read two of those books: Lucy Whipple and Pippi. I loved them both!

  2. Jodi Putnam Says:

    I absolutely lllloooovvvveeeee the book “Our Only May Amelia”. I think that it is a very touching book, that made me cry, and even laugh! I can relate to her, because i have had some struggles in my life also. I would love to be her friend, because she doesn’t really have any friends exept for Emma. But she is like her only friend in Neasle! But if i could be her friend then i would hang out with her like every day! So, that is what i think about the book “Our Only May Amelia”!

    • Mallory Says:

      hey jodi that was an awesome comment i think a lot of the same stuff that you think so what do you like most about “Our Only May Amelia” my fav was when May and Wilbert go to stay with their aunt feenie and unchle henry i thought it was so thoughtful of them to take in May and Wilbert to come and stay with them so that is my comment and have a merry christmas bye!!!!

  3. Mallory Says:

    I love the book Our Only May Amelia. it must be hard to live with 7 brothers. i have one and it is fun but sometimes they can be mean. Also the book May Amelia is kinda sad when the family thought that Mattie got shanghaied but he actually went to be with a Irish girl
    but he had to hide it from his dad because he is Finnish. But i also think the book is loving and it is very good book i love it, those are my comments i hope you like them.

  4. Luke Says:

    I think Esperanza Rising is a really really good book. I like at the end of the author’s notes it says Esperanza means in Spanish “hope”

    • Mallory Says:

      hey i have never read that book but with your comment and mrs.rs i think i will read it real soon you guys have inspired me thanks bye!!

  5. Wynter Says:

    I have read Our Only May Amelia. It is awesome and I feel that it was in most parts very sad. When I was reading it I was shocked and i felt like I was there in the book.

    • Mallory Says:

      i loved that book to i felt that it was sad but in some parts i could connect to it cause it is kinda like me and my brother we fight but we love eachother. i liked your comment bye!!

  6. Mallory Says:

    hey mrs r i think with the inspiration you have given me about Esperanza Rising i think i am gonna go and read it. Ii guess i should say it sounds like a great book. thanks for all the inspiration. have a happy holiday bbyyee!!!!

  7. Mia Says:

    I love Journey to the River Sea and Pippi Longstocking . I think they both show a lot of girl power especially how Pippi can pick up a horse.

  8. Cameron Simard Says:

    I remember when we read Pippi Logstocking it is a very good book (prepare to laugh)!

  9. Mia Says:

    Mrs. Raymond ‘
    Your girl power books have a lot of girl power in them I like it.


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