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Girls With Guts

The female characters in these books are strong, brave and clever. They may have had to overcome something horrible in their life; or they may be just a bunch of tough cookies who know how to lift themselves up, brush them off and move on.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
By Kelly, Jacqueline
2009-05 - Henry Holt & Company
9780805088410 Check Our Catalog

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As 11-year-old Callie Tate explores the natural world around her in 1899 Texas, she develops a close relationship with her grandfather, navigates living with six brothers, and comes up against just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century. …More

Heist Society
Heist Society
By Carter, Ally
2010-02 - Hyperion Books
1423116399 Check Our Catalog

When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre . . . to case it. When Kat turned 15, she planned a con of her own--scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving "the life" for a normal life proves harder than she'd expected. …More

The Case of the Gypsy Good-Bye
The Case of the Gypsy Good-Bye
By Springer, Nancy
2010-05 - Philomel Books
9780399252365 Check Our Catalog

As Enola searches for the missing Lady Blanchefleur del Campo, she discovers that her brother Sherlock is just as diligently searching for Enola herself--and this time he "really" needs to catch her, in the conclusion to the series. …More

Revolution
Revolution
By Donnelly, Jennifer
2010-10 - Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
0385737637 Check Our Catalog

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Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine's diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. …More

The Mockingbirds
The Mockingbirds
By Whitney, Daisy
2010-11 - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
0316090530 Check Our Catalog

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Some schools have honor codes. Others have handbooks. Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds. When Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds--a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers. …More

One Crazy Summer
One Crazy Summer
By Williams-Garcia, Rita
2010-01 - Amistad Press
0060760885 Check Our Catalog

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In a humorous and breakout book by Williams-Garcia, the Penderwicks meet the Black Panthers in 1968 Oakland, California. …More

Mockingjay
Mockingjay
By Collins, Suzanne
2010-08 - Scholastic Press
9780439023511 Check Our Catalog

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what's worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss's family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins's groundbreaking "The Hunger Games" trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

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Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword
By Deutsch, Barry
Author Hansen, Literary Agency
2010-11 - Amulet Books
9780810984226 Check Our Catalog

The first-ever wisecracking, troll-fighting, Orthodox Jewish heroine, Mirka is a spunky, strong-willed 11-year-old girl who wants to go out and fight dragons. This charming graphic novel is "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" meets Isaac Bashevis Singer. Full color. …More

Five Flavors of Dumb
Five Flavors of Dumb
By John, Antony
2010-11 - Dial Books
9780803734333 Check Our Catalog

2011 Schneider Family Book Award Winner-Teen

The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig. The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band's manager and get her share of the profits. The Catch: How how can she do it all when she's deaf? …More

Please Ignore Vera Dietz
Please Ignore Vera Dietz
By King, A. S.
2010-10 - Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
9780375865862 Check Our Catalog

Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.

So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?

Edgy and gripping, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising. …More

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