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Girl Power: 10 Fierce Young Females In Literature

Girl Power: 10 Fierce Young Females In Literature

“And though she be but little, she is fierce!” You will want to get to know all 10 of these fierce young females in literature.

1. Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


“The story begins with Alice idly passing away the time next to a river when she sees a White Rabbit in a waistcoat with a pocket watch pass by. She follows the rabbit down the rabbit hole and ends up in the fantasy world of Wonderland.”

2. Scout Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

“Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties.”

3. Lilly Connelly from The Swan Keeper by Milana Marsenich

“On her eleventh birthday Lilly’s family visits the Cattail Marsh to see the newly hatched cygnets. The family outing turns tragic when Dean Drake shows up with his shotgun and fires on not only the swans, but on Lilly’s family. Unable to prevent tragedy, Lillian witnesses Drake kill her father, injure her mother, and slaughter the bevy of trumpeter swans. The sheriff, her mother, sister, and best friend all think Lilly is trying to make sense of a senseless accident by blaming Drake. But Lilly knows the truth. Left alone she must bring Dean Drake to justice.”

4. Rue from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

“Everything beautiful brings her to mind. I see her in the yellow flowers that grow in the Meadow by my house. I see her in the mockingjays that sing in the trees.”―Katniss Everdeen on Rue

5. Pippi Longstocking from Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren


“Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor, and her name is Pippi Longstocking. She has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a flair for the outrageous that seems to lead to one adventure after another!”

6. Liesel Meminger from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

“Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.”

7. Ramona Quimby from the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary


“For a girl as enthusiastic about life as Ramona, starting the first grade should be easy! But with a teacher who doesn’t understand her, a tattletale classmate, and a scary dog who follows her on the walk home from school, Ramona has a hard time acting like the big girl everyone expects her to be. But when she shows up to school with a missing shoe, Ramona gets a fresh grip on her courage in order to make it through a mortifying situation.”

8. Claudia from Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

“Claudia (her last name is never given) was a young girl who lived in the very poor, plague-ravaged quarters of 18th century New Orleans. She lost both of her parents to the plague, and is first introduced as a crying child of five years old in her abandoned house, next to her dead mother’s rotting, disease-ridden body. She is described as being very petite in size and delicately shaped, with long golden ringlets for hair and porcelain white skin. She is found by Louis de Pointe du Lac, the protagonist of Interview with the Vampire, and begs him to “wake” her mother. Louis instead feeds on Claudia, much to his self-disgust, and leaves her for dead. However, her life is saved by Lestat de Lioncourt, Louis’s maker.”

9. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling


“She first appears in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, as a new student on her way to Hogwarts. After Harry and Ron save her from a mountain troll in the girls’ toilets, she becomes best friends with them and often uses her quick wit, deft recall, and encyclopaedic knowledge to help them.”

10. Arya Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin


“Arya is the third child and younger daughter of Eddard and Catelyn Stark, and is nine years old at the beginning of the book series. She has four siblings: an older brother, Robb, two younger brothers Bran and Rickon, and an older sister, Sansa. She also grows very close to her bastard half-brother Jon Snow, who resembles her in looks and is also regarded socially as an outcast.”

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