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It’s Almost Here! Book 3 of Guts and Glory!

Posted in book signings, Books, Family, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2014 by Jessica Crichton

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You’ve been wondering when it would be OUT already.

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Well, here it is!

August, 2014…

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The Spirit of an Elf

Posted in Books, Reading, Writing with tags , , , , , on May 15, 2013 by Jessica Crichton

This is chapter 9 of my webnovel, The Elementals: Song of Spirit. If you’re on the wrong chapter, or are just starting to read, click here for the linked table of contents. And happy reading! ~ JR

Chapter 9

The Spirit of an Elf

“There is no way I’m going to that stupid feast!” Ellen fumed. She held Rose in her lap tight – her only remaining sibling.

Romin sighed. “But Mistress, you must! I told you, as a show of solidarity between … ”

Ellen laughed angrily. “A show of solidarity? Are you kidding me? What kind of solidarity did Hephaestus show when he threw Mae in prison? If anything, I should be waging war on his dwarven butt!”

“The Earth-Lord is not a dwarf …” Romin began.

“Whatever,” Ellen retorted. “You missed my point. As far as I’m concerned, he is my enemy until he releases my sister.” The girl looked down at Rose and sighed. “And so is my traitor of a brother.”

Romin walked up to Ellen and touched her shoulder gently. “Mistress, Sir Quinn is no traitor. He couldn’t help what he did any more than Princess Kat was able to stop herself from jumping into the ocean in the Aether Plane.”

Ellen batted his hand away and buried her face into Rose’s downy baby hair. “Go away. Have your feast. I don’t care anymore,” she mumbled, her voice teary. “You and your stupid elemental junk. Go away. You ruined my family.”

Romin sighed. “If that is how you feel, Mistress, then that is how it will be. But the Enchantress … ”

“Stays with me.” Ellen glared up at the elf, sniffing back tears. “I won’t let you take her away, too.”

“I did not take anyone away, away, Mistress,” the elf replied, frustrated. “If you would but listen to me … ”

“I already did that,” Ellen retorted. “It was a mistake. I won’t make that mistake again.”

“Are you and the Enchantress not hungry?” Romin pleaded. “The food promises to be wonderful.”

Ellen continued to glare. “Yeah we’re a little hungry. I bet Mae’s hungry too,” she said pointedly.

The elf saw a chance in her tone. “I am sure she is, Mistress,” he said. “And if you’ll but come with me to the feast, I am certain you can persuade the Earth-Lord to give her some food. Maybe even to let her go.”

“I’m pretty sure the only one that can do that is Quinn,” Ellen’s voice was bitter. “And for some reason I doubt he’d be willing.”

“You can ask,” Romin said quietly. “It may be the only way to get your family back, Mistress.”

Ellen sniffed, her face once more buried in her sister’s hair. She said nothing.

“Where’s Quinn?” Rose asked suddenly. “Where’s Kat and Mae?”

Ellen stroked her baby sister’s hair, sniffing back tears again. “They’re around, Rose.”

“But where?” Rose whined.

Ellen looked at Romin, anger in her eyes. “He made them go away,” she answered.

To Ellen’s surprise, Rose giggled. She looked down at her sister, confused.

“Mansy didn’t make them go,” Rose said. “Mansy is my friend! Silly Ellen!”

“She has always insisted on calling me that,” Romin said, smiling down at the toddler. “Even though I keep telling her I’m not human.”

Ellen looked at Romin, then back at Rose. “What do you mean, ‘always’? We just met you.”

“You did, yes Mistress. As did the Sorceress and the Princess and Sir Quinn. But that is not so for the Enchantress,” Romin’s voice was quiet with meaning.

Ellen looked up at the elf again, understanding dawning on her face. “You’ve been with Rose before! That’s how you knew about us and Mom!”

Romin nodded. “We feared she would still be very young when it was time to bring you all back, and she had much more to learn. So I have visited the Enchantress many times since she was born, training her.”

“But… why?” Ellen asked. “I heard you tell Poseidon and Hephaestus that you’re bringing us to our people so we can be trained. So shouldn’t it be one of Rose’s people that trains ..?” the girl’s eyes grew wide. “Wait… you’re one of her people, aren’t you Romin?”

The elf nodded.

“But why didn’t you tell us that then?” Ellen asked, exasperated.

Romin raised an eyebrow. “Would it have made a difference, Mistress?”

Ellen thought about that. On one hand, if the elf had told them in the beginning that their sister was also an elf, they’d probably have laughed at him. But on the other hand, it wasn’t that farfetched, considering that Romin himself existed in the first place. And if they had been convinced he told the truth, they may have gone with him willingly and maybe the puking sensation when he shrunk them wouldn’t have been so bad, if they had known it was coming. Maybe it wouldn’t even have happened! Of course, in the grand scheme of things, that wasn’t really a big deal anyway, so…

In the end, all Ellen could do was shrug.

“I don’t really know.”

Romin nodded. “I was charged with bringing The Elementals to their home planes. The Enchantress will come with me to the Psyche Plane when all others have been delivered. Your knowing that she was to come with me was no more important to that end than your knowing where you were to go.”

Ellen shook her head. “Then why did you tell me?”

Romin smiled down at Rose, patting her on the head gently. “Because, Mistress, I had hoped that if you knew of my connection with your beloved sister,” he looked up at Ellen, his slanted, purple eyes open and honest, “that you could more easily trust me.”

Ellen kissed Rose’s head again. “I asked you, when we left, if we would be OK,” she whispered.

“And I did not give you a guarantee,” Romin reminded her. “But your siblings are all still alive and healthy, and for the most part, what was supposed to happen has happened.”

“By ‘for the most part’ you mean Mae’s being arrested.” It was not a question.

Romin nodded. “I do not know what is going on with the Fire-Born, that they would threaten the Earth-Born children so,” the elf said, openly disturbed.

“You said Quinn’s not a traitor,” Ellen said, tears brimming in her eyes once more. “How? I need to know… so I can stop being so mad at him.”

“Do you remember how Princess Kathleen dove into the waters in the Aether Plane?”

Ellen nodded. “That was weird. And she completely ignored us when we called to her. It was like she forgot we existed.”

“That, Mistress, is a very good description of what happened.” He held up a hand to silence Ellen’s angry protest. “No, she did not forget you. Rather, at the moment, her elemental pull was far stronger than the familial pull of her siblings in her heart. She remembered you, she heard you… she simply did not care.”

Ellen shook her head. “But how could some mermaid-filled ocean in a pirate-infested fairy world be more important than her siblings? That’s ridiculous!”

Romin chuckled. “Not a fairy world, Mistress …”

“Whatever. Just answer me? Please? How could she just stop caring?”

“The same way that Sir Quinn stopped caring when he came here, which is why he betrayed the Sorceress. The same way that you will stop caring considering when you reach the Aerie Plane. The elemental pull to your spirits is too great.” The elf held up a finger. “But, the force of the pull is only a side effect of being away for so very long, and it will fade by the time you must face Adams together as one. You will be loyal to each-other once more, then.”

“Yeah. About this Adams guy … ” Ellen started.

“Mistress, please. As I said, I have already said too much already,” the elf pleaded. “Please, just come with me to the feast? It may be that you can talk with Lord Hephaestus and Sir Quinn and get the Sorceress released.” Romin shook his head. “As a matter of fact, you doing so is the only way I can see it happening at all.”

“But can’t we just go to the Pyre Plane and ..?”

“And what, Mistress? Start a war that is already on the verge of breaking loose by telling the Fire-Born that the Earth-Lord has their Elemental in chains?”

Ellen sighed. “OK, fine. You make a good case.” She eyed the elf. “But I can’t tell you I trust you, Romin. I’m sorry. It’s hard to trust someone who isn’t entirely truthful with you. Even if it’s for your own good.”

Romin nodded. “You are wise, Mistress. I have known you would be.”

A thought struck the girl as she stood, taking Rose’s hand in her own. “So, Kat’s a mermaid, Quinn’s a dwarf and Rose is an elf. What are Mae and me then?”

The elf gave her a withering look.

“You can’t tell.” Ellen said with a sigh. “OK, allright. Let’s get this over with so we can find out then.” She walked to the door that the elf held open for her. “Come to think of it, I’m a more than a little hungry, after all.”

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My Top Seventeen Middle Grade Books of all Time!

Posted in Books, Reading, Uncategorized, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2013 by Jessica Crichton

If you follow my blog regularly, you know that I have just begun my final Master’s thesis on middle grade children’s literature. I’ve been asked by more than a few people exactly what kidlit titles a graduate student would possibly want to study, and why. So I decided to post the bibliography portion of my final document proposal here, with a short note on each entry as to the “whys”.

Submitted for your approval: the top fifteen middle grade books of all time, according to Jessica Rising. (Your mileage my vary; in fact, I hope it does! Please add your own entries in the comments below so we can build this list high!)

1) Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Columbus: Weekly Reader Books. Print.

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If you’re breathing, chances are you know who Alice is (though maybe not her last name — it’s Liddell, incidentally), that the Mad Hatter isn’t angry but he is totally nutso, and / or have had some kind of argument over weather Lewis Carroll’s classic work of children’s fantasy is about math, drugs, both or neither. As an undeniable staple of classic kidlit, leaving Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland out of a study on children’s books would be like leaving Shakespeare out of a study on classic adult literature. I, for one, am not about to make that kind of literary foible, you can be sure!

2) Cooper, Susan. The Dark is Rising. New York: Scholastic, Inc Publishers. Print.

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Written by the daughter of James Fenimore Cooper, The Dark is Rising by celebrated novelist Susan Cooper is a Newberry Honor book, and as been the favorite of many generations of children. It’s classic fantasy with a real-world twist of history and ancient Celtic culture, and a deep resonance of the human condition that few other children’s books have ever emulated.

3) Dahl, Roald. Danny the Champion of the World . New York: Alfered A. Knopf (1975). Print.

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Having published a myriad of well-known and beloved books for kids, Roald Dahl is arguably one of the great pillars of modern kidlit, so leaving him out of the study would be a gross oversight. Still, which of his wonderful, witty kids’ books should be included to represent the whole? That was my dilemma. In the end, I opted to forgo fantastical whimsy in preference for a life-lessons story every kid can relate to. After all, there are enough fantasy stories in my list already, and the whole point of my study is to prove that kidlit emulates the human condition just as deeply and profoundly as its adult counterpart. For anyone who has read Danny, its inclusion for this reason should be a no-brainer. It certainly was for me!

4) Ende, Michael. The Neverending Story. New York: Penguin Books (1996). Print.

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Most know of The Neverending Story from the popular 1984 film adaptation. However, Michael Ende’s powerful fantasy book about the importance of imagination and hope in a sometimes fearful world is as relevant to today’s children as it was when it first appeared in Germany under the title of Die Unendliche Geschicte back in 1979. As both a classic kid’s book and a well-known fantasy epic through the last  three generations, including The Neverending Story in my study just makes sense.

5) Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book. New York: Scholastic (2003). Print.

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It’s current. It’s popular. It’s a Newberry Award Winner. And, perhaps most importantly, it resonates deeply with modern children. Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book is such a perfect modern counterpart to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland that not including it as at least a comparison between classic and current kidlit would be a terrible oversight. But even beyond that, Graveyard is a great story in its own right, which is a must for inclusion on my list. Plus, keeping up with the times is very important for any serious writer, and while I adore the classic titles I grew up with, there is wonderful kidlit from every era to explore — including our own.

6) Collins, Suzanne. Gregor the Overlander. New York: Scholastic (2003). Print. 

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Gregor the Overlander is a modern middle grade story. It’s also very popular, which speaks for the mindset of today’s children, and the societal impact of fiction on child culture and vice-versa as a whole. Suzanne Collins herself is a highly gifted and beloved children’s writer of our modern age, though her most famous series, “The Hunger Games”, is YA rather than MG, the age-group focus of this particular study.

7) Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: Harper Collins (1993). Print.

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Back to classics! Whether you wanted to or not, chances are you read To Kill a Mockingbird in school. For me, it was ninth grade English and I fell in love with it instantly.  There is a reason this book has been studied by schoolkids all over for generations — it is the epitome of the human condition, the very thing that makes literature worth reading, writing and studying. Some would argue that this is more of a YA title than MG. However, I have set up certain conditions (clearly outlined in my full thesis), as to what is considered MG for this study. One of those conditions is the age of the protagonists being between 7 and 12 years. To Kill a Mockingbird fully meets this requirement, and I would feel very remiss to leave it out.

8) L’Engle, Madeline. A Wrinkle in Time. New York: Laurel Leaf Imprint, Random House Publishers (2005). Print.

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Best described as a modern classic, Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time is quickly taking its deserved place among the ranks of the timeless. Though it is usually classified as a fantasy book, Wrinkle actually mixes fantasy with science fiction to form a deeply relevant story that has touched the hearts and minds of children for so many years now. It is also a Newberry Award winner, which I must admit I have been a little biased towards for this study. After all, there is a reason certain titles earn that prestigious award!

9) Lewis, C. S. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. New York: Harper Trophy (1994). Print.

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Like Alice in Wonderland, C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is an undeniable staple of classic kidlit. That alone gives it an instant place in my study; its timeless ability to fascinate the hearts and minds of children from so many different generations makes it a perfect example of how children’s literature directly effects and mirrors society. Its metaphor, too, is a perfect example of life-reflected-in-literature, which can’t be ignored.

10) Palacio, R.J. Wonder by R.J. Palacio. New York: Knopf Books for Young Readers (2012). Print.

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I initially chose Wonder because it is a very modern (published in 2012), award-winning middle grade book that is right now making the rounds of literary fame through book clubs, raving reviews and bookstore center isles. When I chose it, I hadn’t yet read it, and was ready to take it off the list if I felt it didn’t make the cut. Of course, as you can see here that didn’t happen. What did happen was I found yet another wonderful example of the human condition reflected in a children’s book. The lesson in Wonder of not judging each-other is deeply woven into the storyline and narrative style, both with the main character being so unique himself, and the narration switching points-of-view between him and many others in is life whom he has touched. In this way, the story shows that not only does everyone have feelings they aren’t always proud of, but everyone has a story to tell that directly effects how they see others and the world around them.

11) Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief . New York: Hyperion Books (2005). Print.

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The Lightning Thief is included in this study as a modern popular title, with Rick Riordan being a huge success both in middle grade and young adult circles. When studying how literature impacts a society, one must include the literature that society most craves, as it is a direct mirror to the psyche. Also, as a modern adaptati0n of  classic mythology — the precursor to most original fairy tales — Lightning can be studied in relation to the evolution of children’s literature over eons of time. This alone, as I am sure you can understand, is invaluable to my study.

12) Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 1997. Print.

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It would be a very difficult thing indeed, to study middle grade literature and its place in society without including “Harry Potter”. The impact that JK. Rowling’s boy wizard has had on modern children and modern society as a whole is almost deafening, and that impact is only continuing to grow. My study would literally be incomplete without it, and its absence would certainly remove a large chunk of relevance that I am not willing to lose. Though the later books can be classified more as young adult titles, the earlier ones are clearly middle grade, and The Sorcerers Stone is the very earliest. That, and the fact that it began the whole phenomenon is why I chose this particular title in the series.

13) Spinelli, Jerry. Maniac Magee. New York: Scholastic, Inc Publishers. Print.

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Another Newberry Award Winner, Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli deserves its place on this list for its poignant yet simple vision of life as an outsider, and what it means to belong. One argument against children’s books being relevant to deep study is that they are shallow and only relate to the shallow minds of children. Now, ignoring the obvious fallibility of children’s minds being shallow in the first place, Maniac Magee blows that entire argument out of the water. It is simple to understand and entirely relatable for middle grade readers, yet so deeply conveys the human condition that I challenge any adult to read it and not see it as a masterpiece in its own right.

14) Patterson, Katherine. The Great Gilly Hopkins. New York: Harper Trophy (1978). Print.

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As another Newberry winner, The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Patterson already deserves a spot on this list. Still, there have been many Newberry winners and honors over the years – including another title by Patterson herself — so why is Gilly so special? Like every book on my list, Gilly reflects society and the human condition, which are key elements in weather a piece of literature is considered worthy of inclusion into the canon of  scholarly study. The story is deep and meaningful, especially to children who feel like outsiders in their world. The themes therein of family, devotion, and the pain of loss are just as relevant to adults as they are to all the children who have read and loved this book.

15) Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: Dover Publications; abridged edition (1998). Print.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is already an undeniable classic. Its inclusion to my study is twofold. One, I simply love Mark Twain and can’t stand to do any study without him included — call me biased. And two, as an acknowledged classic that fits perfectly into my definition of middle grade children’s literature, Huck Finn will lead credence to the study of kidlit as a whole. Win-win!

16) White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1952. Print.

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A classic Newberry Honor book, Charlotte’s Web is, like Alice in Wonderland, a staple of children’s literature. The mismatched friendship of Fern the girl, Charlotte the spider and Wilbur the pig is a perfect example of how children use their everyday surroundings to better understand themselves and others — a lesson that even adults often must continue to learn. The basics of respect and understanding emulated in Charlotte’s Web will continue to be relevant to mankind as we enter a future that is bright with promise, hope, and peace.

17) Snyder, Zilpha Keatley. The Witches of Worm. New York: Dell Yearling, 1972. Print.

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The Witches of Worm was given to me for Christmas last year. Before that, I hadn’t even considered including it in my study, as I didn’t know it existed. A Newberry Honor book, Witches is everything that award emulates — depth, spirit, a reflection of the fear and emotional pain that every human being goes through, no matter what their age. Another book of metaphor, Witches personifies that theme within the mind of its pre-teen protagonist as she struggles to come to grips with the loss of her childhood, and the realization of her mother’s own human failings via her discovery of a very strange stay cat. As a children’s mirror to societal psyche and the human condition, it’s difficult to find a better story than The Witches of Worm.

So, there you have it — the seventeen books I will be studying and critiquing in my master’s thesis on middle grade children’s literature, and why they have been included. Of course, these descriptions aren’t detailed, as this is a short explanation only. However, if you have any questions or relevant additions / arguments to add, please feel free to do so in the comments section. And thanks for reading!

The Greatest Heroines Don’t Have Boobs

Posted in Books, Family, Fiction, Kid Lit Reviews, Kids, Shiny Happy Musings, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on May 21, 2012 by Jessica Crichton

I have been discussing the issue of the objectification of heroines in popular culture with a friend on my Facebook wall, in reply to an image I posted that states, “You don’t need bigger boobs; you just need to read better books”. It occurred to me over the course of the conversation that that my favorite literary heroines either don’t even have boobs, or else their ownership of breasts is simply implied by their age, and never mentioned at all.

So, in the spirit of supporting the idea that girls need to read better books in order to understand the meaning of the terms “self-esteem” and “self-worth”, I give you my top five literary heroines of all time, with a few runners-up for good measure. If you have any to add, please do so in the comments, so we can support strong, independent heroines everywhere!

#1: Alice (Liddell)

Book(s): Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Age: Around 12

Heroic Traits: Curiosity, Courage, Intellect

Greatest Heroic Deed: Taught all of Wonderland what it means to think for themselves.

Summary: Though Alice (modeled after the real 12-year-old Alice Liddell), does not technically defeat the Queen of Hearts at the end of Alice in Wonderland, she does show the people of Wonderland that their silly, card-house-builder of a queen can be defeated. Alice leads by being a beacon of hope, logic, and sanity in a world that has lost all of those things. Like a true hero, she reminds the people of their own power, and then leaves the uprising for those whom it effects the most.

 

#2: Dorothy Gale

 

Book(s): The Wizard of Oz, and many subsequent titles by L. Frank Baum

Age: Somewhere between 5 and 7 (unspecified; guesses have been made by the original illustrations)

Heroic Traits: Curiosity, Kindness, Compassion, Selflessness

Greatest Heroic Deed: Helped her friends make their dreams come true.

Summary:  In Oz, everything is happy (mostly), and peaceful (except when the witches are around, of course). Other than defeating the witches (which, to be fair, her house took out the first one and she didn’t mean to take out the second), Dorothy doesn’t have a whole lot she needs to do in Oz, besides have wonderful adventures. Baum did this on purpose, having been quoted as saying he wanted to give children something that wasn’t scary, something to just be happy about (I can provide sources on this if need-be). That said, Dorothy did do something that I certainly call heroic, especially in this day and age: she led her friends in finding and securing their greatest dreams: the Cowardly Lion’s courage, the Tin Man’s heart, and the Scarecrow’s brain. She could have just left them there to rust and cower and be picked apart by crows, but she didn’t. Instead, she picked them up, dusted them off, took them with her on her quest, and told them they could do anything they wanted to. She believed in her friends and supported them. And sometimes, that’s all a heroine needs to do.

 

#3: Lucy Pevnsie

Book(s): The lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and subsequent titles by C.S. Lewis

Age: Around 8, at the beginning of the series

Heroic Traits: Valor, Courage, Trust, Compassion, Loyalty

Greatest Heroic Deed: Healing the wounded over the course of many battles

Summary: C.S. Lewis believed that girls should not do battle (a belief that I do not share with that esteemed author), and so Lucy and her sister Susan never did fight the bad guys. However, Lucy was always the first to rush in to help and heal those who had been hurt fighting the good fight, using the healing elixir given to her by Santa Claus, who saw her compassionate spirit. Also, unlike Susan, she never flinched from anything she was called to do, and kept her faith in Aslan and in goodness right up to the very end. Lucy was my first favorite heroine, and while her story is a bit more stringently pious than I like, still her character has many wonderful traits for girls to emulate.

 

#4: Matilda Wormwood

Book(s): Matilda, by Roald Dahl

Age: 5

Heroic Traits: Justice, Power, Wisdom, Compassion

Greatest Heroic Deed: Defeating bullies, both in and out of her home.

Summary: Matilda has always been one of my favorites. She is at once meek and mighty. She doesn’t talk back, she isn’t rude, and she respects her elders. That said, she only respects those elders who deserve it. The ultimate kickbutt heroine against parental and authority figure abuse, tiny little Matilda uses the powers she finds within herself to teach some hilarious lessons to the horrendous head mistress at her school and her abusive parents, while at the same time underlying SUCH an important fact: abuse is NOT okay. Period, To say Matilda is a heroine is almost an understatement; she is, in fact, a superhero.

 

#5: Meg Murry

Book(s): A Wrinkle in Time and subsequent titles by Madeline L’Engle

Age: 14 at the start of the series

Heroic Traits: Compassion, Drive, Courage, Tenacity, Uniqueness

Greatest Heroic Deed: Saving her brother and her father from annihilation just by being her unique self.

Summary: Meg is the only teenager on my list, but she has earned the spot! Dorky, clumsy, and the only one in her family without PhD-level grades, she is the ultimate anti-heroine at first. She is also highly relatable for that same reason. Like any teenage girl, she hates herself at first, but once she learns to embrace her uniqueness and love herself for who she is, then and only then, does she become a true heroine. And in the end, her previously hated differences are what saves her family — the whole world, even — from darkness.  In my opinion, if anyone was to be called the ultimate role model to teenage girls everywhere, it would be Meg Murry.

 

Runners-Up

In no particular order, I also would like to give a shout-out to the following kickbutt literary heroines:

Katniss Everdeen from the “Hunger Games” trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

Violet Baudelaire from the “Series of Unfortunate Events” series by Lemony Snickett

Coraline Jones from Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Mary Lennox from The Secret Garden by Francis Hogson Burnett

Anne Shirley from the “Anne of Green Gables” series by Lucy Maude Montgomery

Harriet M. Welsch from Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Karana from Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Miyax / Julie from Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

There are tons more; add your own!

Yes, our girls might be inundated by society to be sexy and stupid and weak and selfish, but there ARE good role-models out there. They just need to read better books! 🙂

Dark Whimsy

Posted in Books, Dystopia, Kid Lit Reviews, Literature, Middle Grade, Post-Apocalyptic, Scholarly, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2012 by Jessica Crichton

Hello again all! This is my fourth, and final, Graduate School Paper post this term. As my literature final essay, it’s pretty long and detailed. I hope you enjoy it and, as always, please cite if you chose to use any quotes.

Now, I have a whole month and a half to concentrate on “Guts and Glory” once more, as well as write you guys some fun posts, finally! I’ll start next term in April; look for more graduate papers then! ~ MM Continue reading

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