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I was at a party last night with a bunch of my mom friends and we were discussing PB.  One of my friends is a mom of 5 year old twins -- a girl and boy.  She was lamenting that she can't find newer PBs with a strong girl MC.  Other than Ladybug Girl, I fear that she might be right.  I'm pretty boy focused right now with my PB selections, so I don't have a strong handle on the girl MC market.  Can folks toss out the names of recent girl MCs that represent, strong adventurous girls?  Not Fancy Nancy. 

Thanks!  I'm going to do some research, but thought I'd pose the question to all of you.

-Kellie
#1 - June 13, 2010, 06:41 AM
You're never too old to become younger. - Mae West

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon isn't completely recent (2001), but it's still in print and features a strong girl.
#2 - June 13, 2010, 06:45 AM

I've got one on submission.... :crossedfingers


#3 - June 13, 2010, 07:23 AM
What's for pudding, Mimmy?

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How about Olivia? Admittedly, she is a child stand-in, but she is strong and adventurous in age appropriate ways.

Maybe Olivia's not new enough.
#4 - June 13, 2010, 08:32 AM

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I love Stella (Marie Louise Gay is the illustrator/writer I think). Not just because she's a great girl character but because she's imaginative, insightful and just lovely. I'd definitely count Olivia too.

Amazon lists these books, but I haven't read most of them:
http://www.amazon.com/brave-smart-strong-girls-picture/lm/RP3NG5FPOADM4

For MG, The Higher Power of Lucky, of course. Pretty much any book by Jacqueline Wilson (Bad Girls, Tracy Beaker). Older ones would include Marmalade Atkins, Anne of Green Gables or even Little House on the Prairie?
#5 - June 13, 2010, 10:17 AM

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Lily is a strong MC in Kevin Henkes's books.  There is an anthology of princess stories with strong, independent princesses call Don't Kiss the Frog.  Fiona's Luck by Theresa Bateman. Supersister by Beth Cadena. Matilda's Humdinger by Michele Burke. Miranda the Explorer by Peter Mayhew.  The Duchess of Whimsy by Randall de Seve.  Got a few on submission myself!  :whistle

If you move into early MG, Clementine is delightful.  It is a good read-aloud for my 5 and 6 year olds and very funny.
#6 - June 13, 2010, 04:17 PM
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SAYA AT SPEED
RULES OF THE GAME
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Recess Queen comes to mind, but it's been about for a few years.

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#7 - June 13, 2010, 04:23 PM

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Kellie,

If you are willing to wait until Jan. 2011, I have a picture book coming out with a feisty, passionate, strong-willed girl who is determined to have a skunk for a pet.

Amazon lists it for pre-order: http://www.amazon.com/Pet-Petunia-Paul-Schmid/dp/0061963313/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1278083394&sr=1-1

More info coming soon to this page: http://apetforpetunia.blogspot.com/

A second Petunia book is due out in January 2012, Petunia Goes Wild.

Both stories are modeled after my own feisty, passionate, strong-willed, delightful daughter.

Paul
#8 - July 02, 2010, 08:18 AM

Haven't read this one yet, but it looks awesome:

Oh No!: Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World by Mac Barnett and Dan Santat
#9 - July 02, 2010, 09:29 AM
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Not new, but but my daughter is currently in love with Ella Sarah Gets Dressed.
#10 - July 02, 2010, 04:41 PM
BACKHOE JOE, HarperCollins, 2014
FAMOUSLY PHOEBE, Sterling, 2017
ALL IN A DROP, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019

http://www.lorialexanderbooks.com/

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Loud Emily by Alexis O'Neill
#11 - July 02, 2010, 05:53 PM
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#12 - July 05, 2010, 06:55 PM
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Sophie Peterman Tells The Truth, out this year by Beach Lane Books.
#13 - July 06, 2010, 05:09 AM
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Hi all,

My book about a strong-willed girl who really, really wants a skunk for a pet is now available.

The Barnes&Noble page includes a review from Publishers Weekly:  http://search.barnesandnoble.com/A-Pet-for-Petunia/Paul-Schmid/e/9780061963315/?itm=9

I hope all those wonderful, feisty girls out there enjoy the book!
#14 - January 27, 2011, 02:01 PM

Big Bouffant by Kate Hosford. (2011)
#15 - January 27, 2011, 11:55 PM
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Crossings (2017, Cedar Fort)

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In non-fiction, I vote for MERMAID QUEEN by Shana Corey & Edward Fotheringham. It tells the story of Annette Kellerman, the first woman to attempt to swim the English Channel. She also invented water ballet and the modern bathing suit. She was arrested for indecent exposure for wearing her bathing suit, but she stood up for her belief that women should be able to swim (and not get bogged down in heavy wool bathing skirts) and won! And, the illustrations are glorious! One of my fave PBs of last year.

MOSTLY MONSTERLY by Tammi Sauer & Scott Magoon features Bernadette, a monster who's different, but she embraces her differences.
#16 - January 28, 2011, 03:01 AM

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