5 Books With Girl Muscle: Strong Female Leads In Youth Literature

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Strong women aren’t just for girls. And young women are allowed to look up to anyone — Dean Martin, John Steinbeck, Ronald Reagan, you name it! Well, maybe not Ronald Reagan. And when it comes to books, well, books are for everyone, and there’s a perfect one for every age and struggle. Here are just a few young adult books with strong female leads, for that child or teen of any gender with no interest in checking Twilight out of the library this year, but still looking for a female protagonist.

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1. A Wrinkle In Time

Brilliant but awkward, A Wrinkle In Time’s Meg Murry reminds us all what it is to be 14 and not know how to be comfortable in your own skin. At the same time, author Madeleine L’Engle weaves a uniquely magical, science fiction story chocked full of plenty of quirky. Troubled homes and brilliant minds are both addressed, all the while showing readers that things will get better eventually — with a little faith. What makes this book — and so many of her others — so brilliant are the characters. From Meg, to Calvin, to Aunt Beast and the Happy Medium, to Charles, Mrs. Whatsit, Who, and Which, you end up loving them all, bizarre as they are.

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