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Lesser-Known Literary Heroines

Amelia Sunderland "tesslouise"
 
As Long As Life: The Memoirs of a Frontier Woman Doctor
As Long As Life: The Memoirs of a Frontier Woman Doctor
"A real-life "Dr. Quinn" who practiced medicine, itself an adventure, while outliving her first husband and maintaining a timeless sense of humor.  Unfortunately out of print."
The Blue Castle (Voyageur Classics)
The Blue Castle (Voyageur Classics)
"My favorite book.  Valancy (what a great name!) does what most of us only dream of:  she takes her future into her own hands and thumbs her nose at "society.""
Hannah Senesh: Her Life and Diary, the First Complete Edition
Hannah Senesh: Her Life and Diary, the First Complete Edition
"Hannah Senesh is the national heroine of Israel.  She died after parachuting behind enemy lines during World War II."
Miss Rumphius
Miss Rumphius
"My favorite children's picture book.  Miss Rumphius travels to exotic lands, comes home to live by the sea, and, most importantly, does something to make the world a better place."
Opal: The Journal of an Understanding Heart
Opal: The Journal of an Understanding Heart
"Selections from the mysterious nature diary of Opal Whiteley, arranged as found poetry.  Unique and charming."
The Paper Bag Princess (Classic Munsch)
The Paper Bag Princess (Classic Munsch)
"Here is the antidote to Disney's "heroines" for the 2-and-up set:  in this fantastic tale, the resourceful princess rescues the snotty prince from a dragon."
The Perilous Gard
The Perilous Gard
"An older Newbery Honor book that still sparkles.  Kate's curiosity about the "Fairy Folk" leads to her servitude to them.  A very fine melding of fantasy and reality."
Road Song
Road Song
"Natalie Kusz writes vividly about her childhood in Alaska, her mauling by sled dogs, and becoming a mother in her teens.  And she makes you want to keep reading."
The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow: The Mystical Nature Diary of Opal Whiteley
The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow: The Mystical Nature Diary of Opal Whiteley
"The complete diary of Opal Whiteley, including a biography (with a rather different viewpoint from Jane Boulton's, above).  Read them both."
Tales from a Child of the Enemy
Tales from a Child of the Enemy
"Ursula Duba writes about herself as a child, young adult, and adult in Germany during and after WWII.  Her poetry draws you in like any other good book of short pieces of literature.  Unfortunately out of print."