Book Hunters in Brief #67: Girl Power: Tween Edition

It's a little strange, but perhaps not altogether surprising, that some of the people who have most shaped us as human beingss are not real people in the flesh-and-blood sense of that term. If parents and guardians, teachers and coaches, older sisters and brothers and all our other role models teach us practical lessons about how we should carry ourselves in world, our fictional heroes teach us how to dream.

This week, the Book Hunters offer some strong heroines for tweens.

Sylvia and Aki by Winifred Conkling

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Of course, the Book Hunters realize that everyone needs a hero, so no matter what your age or gender or reading tastes, we can find someone you can root for--fictional or non, superhero or underdog (we can even dig you up a few anti-heroes if that's your thing).