Teacher Comics: Girls who kick @$$.

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7 Responses to “Teacher Comics: Girls who kick @$$.”

  1. For strong female protagonists, try Robin McKinley or for really serious fare, Octavia Butler.

  2. I love Kristin Cashore’s Graceling series, Robin LaFevers’ His Fair Assassin series, and Sarah Rees Brennan’s Unspoken series. All have SFPs; they’re all different flavors of that. On a slightly different note, Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens (about a plane full of teenage pageant contestants that crashes on a remote tropical island) is both hilarious and full of girls who kick A (even though people might not expect them to.) And I feel like I remember you mentioning Code Name Verity before–you’re familiar with that one, right?

  3. Jacqueline Says:

    There’s some great strong female characters in Tamora Pierce’s books–The Lionness Quartet, The Immortals Quartet, the Circle of Magic Quartet. She should also check out a Wrinkle in Time as well–Meg kicks quite a bit of A!

    • I’m going to second the Lioness Quartet. Those books are so good. Its like if Mulan merged with western/European fantasy.
      Protector of the Small is another one of Pierce’s excellent “girls become knights” series as well.

  4. Would the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series be too intense/explicit for her age group, or do you find your students get into those novels? I loved Lisbeth Salander’s brainy kick-ass character.

    • Christopher Pearce Says:

      Y’know, I have found that some novels have a short half-life and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo novels number among them. I don’t have a copy for my lending library (because of some of the over the top graphic violence) but students have asked to read their own copies during SSR and I’ve allowed it. I usually need some kind of parental OK though. I haven’t had a request for them in a few years though.

      They’re good books though; I ran the series while on vacation at the Jersey Shore a few years ago and they made the beach days fly by.

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