October 07, 2012

International Day of the Girl: BookList 2




This second book list, to support the UN's International Day of the Girl on October 11, provides but a small sampling of chapter books and middle grade fiction that lets us...
...stand together to champion the right of all girls to be Fierce, Fearless and Free.
on October 3, 2012.

n.b. While several of the books listed (e.g., The Breadwinner, The Third Eye and Greener Grass) are part of series with strong female protagonists, only a single book is listed here.  Readers are encouraged to check out sequels to get a more complete story of the amazing fortitude of the girls in these books.

Fiction

Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery
Image of 100th Anniversary Edition
Penguin Group Canada
Ages 8-12
2008
Story of Anne Shirley and the new home she makes with Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert on Prince Edward Island.
Before Green Gables
by Budge Wilson
Penguin Canada
447 pp.
Ages 10+
2008
Anne's story from birth to arrival on Prince Edward Island.



The Breadwinner
by Deborah Ellis
Groundwood Books
170 pp.
Ages 10-14
2000
Parvana disguises herself as a boy to feed her family in war-torn Afghanistan. 
Catla and the Vikings
by Mary Elizabeth Nelson
Orca Book Publishers
191 pp.
Ages 9-13
2012 
Catla seeks help after her Northumbrian village is attacked by Vikings.
The Crazy Man 
by Pamela Porter
Groundwood Books
214 pp.
Ages 8-12
2005
A farm accident leaves Emmaline disabled and the family farm in need of help.
Going Places
by Fran Hurcomb
Orca Book Publishers
122 pp.
Ages 8-11
2008
Jess and her friends work against the odds to start a girls hockey team in their small town in the NWT.
The Glory Wind
by Valerie Sherrard
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
222 pp.
Ages 11+
2010
In 1946 Manitoba, new girl Gracie must endure the gossip and ignorance simply because of the job her mother takes. 

Greener Grass
by Caroline Pignat
Red Deer Press
276 pp.
Ages 11-14
2008
Kathleen Byrne’s Irish family deals with life as poor potato farmers until the Great Famine turns things from bad to worse.
Home is Beyond the Mountains 
by Celia Barker Lottridge
Groundwood Books
224 pp.
Ages 10+
2010
Based on the true journey of Assyrian refugee children fleeing from the invading Turkish army in the 1920's. 
 
Looking for X 
by Deborah Ellis
Groundwood Books
132 pp.
Ages 11-13
1999
Khyber endures a life of poverty and taunting because of her mother and brothers but an accusation of vandalism compels her to stand up for herself.
Lost Goat Lane
by Rosa Jordan
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
197 pp.
Ages 9-12
2005
In rural Florida, two girls, one black and the other white, find a way to overcome suspicions and work together. 

Making Bombs for Hitler
by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Scholastic Canada
186 pp.
Ages 8-12
2012
Lida and other Ukrainian children are sent to Germany to work as slave labourers for the Nazis.
Mella and the N'anga
by Gail Nyoka
Sumach Press
160 pp.
Ages 8-12
2005
To restore her father's health, Mella must face the Python Healer.
No Ordinary Day 
by Deborah Ellis
Groundwood Books
159 pp.
Ages 9-12
2011
Orphaned and mistreated, Lalli finds a richer life on the streets.


The Orphan Rescue
by Anne Dublin
Illustrated by Qin Leng
Second Story Press
124 pp.
Ages 9-12
2010
Miriam aims to rescue her brother from an orphanage where children must do dangerous work.

The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy
by Jill MacLean
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
160 pp.
Ages 10-13
2009
--> Prinny's life is immersed in dealing with her alcoholic mother, evading a team of bullies, and facing her reading challenges. 

The Shepherd's Granddaughter 
by Anne Laurel Carter
Groundwood Books/House of Anansi
222 pp.
Ages 11+
2008
A young Muslim girl, Amani, learns shepherding from her grandfather, while her family deals with the escalating encroachment of Israeli settlement.

The Third Eye
by Mahtab Narsimhan
Dundurn Press
240 pp.
Ages 10-14
2007
When her village succumbs to the mesmerizing but evil new healer, Zarku, clever Tara courageously takes it upon herself to save the villagers.

Wanting Mor 
by Rukhsana Khan
Groundwood Books/House of Anansi
190 pp.
Ages 10-14
2009
After the death of her mother (Mor), Jameela follows her father who is looking for a new life, ultimately without her.
Watching Jimmy 
by Nancy Hartry
Tundra Books
144 pp.
Ages 11-13
2009
With courage and compassion, Caroline does all she can for her friend and neighbour Jimmy after an accident leaves him brain-damaged.
When the Bough Breaks
by Irene N. Watts
Tundra Books
145 pp.
Ages 9-15
2007
After her mother's death in childbirth, Millie has to balance housework, schoolwork, caring for her siblings and a part-time job during the Depression.


   Help girls be   
    Fierce       Fearless      Free     




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