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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Strong Girls

I recently came across this site

It''s just fantastic.  I wish such a site had existed back when I was a new mom looking for books and such to inspire my girls to embrace their inner strength and greatness.  Because for me, that's my biggest hope for my daughters, that they are strong enough to embrace who they are and to follow their dreams wherever they lead, that they are strong enough to never believe the naysayers (not for very long anyway), and that they understand that strength can come in many shapes and sizes.

Recently, I've been getting emails from moms who have read THE SEVEN TALES OF TRINKET and are pleased to share Trinket's story with their own daughters.  They like Trinket's inner strength and resolve in the face of adversity.  I am thrilled.  But the truth is, I didn't set out to write a "Strong Girl" character.  I just set out to write the best story that I could, and to make Trinket as much of a "Real Girl" as I could  because the truth is: Real Girls are strong.

I think back to the girls in stories that shaped my childhood:  Charlotte in CHARLOTTE'S WEB.
I am reading this to my class right now.  I heart Charlotte. She is just so compassionate and wise.  I give her a slightly southern accent when I read her.  And I am very curious about the book that beat this one for the Newbery.  That must have been "Some Book." (Inside joke.)

This might have been the cover that was on the book I read, way back when.  I remember admiring Claudia's smarts.  Ingenious to runaway to a museum!

Elizabeth's strength, when it finally shows up, is just so hard-won.  Sigh.

There were more of course, more strong girls who helped me realize that deep inside of me, there lurked a mighty girl--a mighty girl who didn't wait for her chance to come along, but instead decided to make her own destiny.  (This is where is ride off into the sunset on my pink vespa or something, except that I have no vespa.)

And, I have not yet posted my February goals:

1. Complete rewrite on a crazy little manuscript that I love. It's just, well, it's too long to be the kind of book I thought it would be, but far too short to be the kind of book it could be. It am sure it will take me more than this month, but I do have a five day weekend coming up...I just might pull it off!  Besides, I need Dingle to set for a while longer before I am ready to revise it, so I might as well start on something I have been itching to do.

So, what are some of your favorite literary Real Girls?