Thursday, March 11, 2010

Strong and Smart Female Protagonist

In honor of Woman's History Month, I've decided to put together list of titles with strong and smart female protagonist.


The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller
Fortune's Folly by Deva Fagan
Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone: by Dene Low
An Ocean Apart, a World Away by Lensey Namioka
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Pirates! by Celia Rees
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott

Sweethearts of Rhythm by Marilyn Nelson illus. by Jerry Pinkney
Most Loved in All the World by Tonya Cherie Hegamin illus. by Cozbi Cabrera
Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee by Marissa Moss illus. Carl Angel
Amelia to Zora by Cynthia Chin-Lee illus. by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy
A Strong Right Arm: by Michelle Y. Green Kadir Nelson

I know there are so many more, so feel free to add titles in comment box.


Morgan said...

This is such a great post. Katniss comes to mind for me, too when thinking of a strong and smart female.

Doret said...

Thanks Morgan, Katniss rocks on many levels.

Kaethe said...

Strong and smart, okay. How about:
The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld
Ransom my Heart by Meg Cabot
the Larklight Series by Phillip Reeve
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Devilish by Maureen Johnson
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Magic or Madness series Justine Larbalestier
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger
the Flora series by Ysabeau Wilce
the Tiffany Aching books by Terry Pratchett
The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge
Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde
Bad Apple by Laura Ruby
Bone Shaker by Cherie Priest
anything by Mary Stewart (suspense)
anything by Connie Willis (sf/f)
anything by Jane Austen

have I gone too far?

Doret said...

Kaethe, thanks for the great adds.

And there is no such thing as too far when it comes to good books.

Kaethe said...

Okay, then. I've added a shelf in goodreads for strong-smart-female-protagonist, so that in the future I'll be able to find 'em more quickly.

Kate Coombs said...

Thanks, Doret! Great list.

bj neary said...

How about Dana in Sharon Draper's third book, Just Another Hero, she is Kofi's girlfriend and she is the one girl who decided to join the Warriors of Distinction in Battle of Jericho and as the only female pledge was made to endure lots of hazing. In this third book, she finds out her boyfriend is addicted to painkillers and gives him the ultimatum---quit nthem or I am gone!!! Kofi goes through horrible withdrawal but it is because Dana is strong and he doesn't want to lose her.

susan said...

Love your list!

I blame you for my failure to read more adult fiction. How can I when you keep you searching and reading your recommendations? lol

I just posted a list of my own here