10 Literary Characters Tween and Teen Girls Can Look Up To

by Melissa Taylor

Image credits: Liesel (The Book Thief), thebookthief.wikia.com; Rapunzel (Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale); Deza (The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis); Cimorene (Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede); Éowyn (Lord of the Rings), lotr.wikia.com

You’re likely already acquainted with famously strong female characters like Katniss, Hermione, and the Paper Bag Princess, but there are many more that are worthy of celebration and admiration. Whether physically, emotionally, or intellectually strong, these are female characters who don’t conform to stereotypes, who struggle and suffer, and who show young readers the power of perseverance and pluck.

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