Strong girls, strong plots, wonderful worlds - My Favorite Books

A Listmania! list by LyraRose (Midwest)
The list author says: "This is my list of favorite books, most of which are part of my personal prized collection. They span age levels and genres but all of them hold a special place in my heart because once or twice (or five) they took me to other worlds and introduced me to new friends and there is nothing I love more!"
Bear Daughter
1.  Bear Daughter by Judith Berman
The list author says:
  "This book was amazing.  It can appeal to any age over 14, and is set in amazingly fresh new fantasy world inspired by the Pacific Northwest.  I still day dream about this world and Cloud's adentures!"
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Emily of New Moon (The Emily Books, Book 1)
2.  Emily of New Moon (The Emily Books, Book 1) by L.M. Montgomery
The list author says:
  "Emily Byrd Starr is my kindred spirit.  In the first book Emily is ripped from her idyllic and enchanting childhood when her loving father dies and moves into the strict and cold world of her aunts at New Moon.  To stay sane, she writes letters to her father and in the process a passionate life long writer is born."
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Emily Climbs (Emily Novels)
3.  Emily Climbs (Emily Novels) by L.M. Montgomery
The list author says:
  "My favorite in the Emily Series because Emily goes to high school and naturally it's one tribulation after another for the aspiring writer and despite nearly a century's difference, I could relate to her feelings and experiences on so many levels."
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Emily's Quest (Emily Novels)
4.  Emily's Quest (Emily Novels) by L.M. Montgomery
The list author says:
  "Emily begins to grow up and she tries to figure out what path her life is going to follow and ofcourse, what man she wants to take on that journey.  Does she even need a man?  Can she really become a professional writer?  For all writers, this is timeless stuff."
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Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, Book 1)
5.  Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, Book 1) by Tamora Pierce
The list author says:
  "This book introduced me to fantasy and the female heroine in literature."
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The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness)
6.  The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness) by Tamora Pierce
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Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness)
7.  Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness) by Tamora Pierce
The list author says:
  "I've reread the ending several dozen times.  An great end to a classic series that will live on for ages and ages."
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Wild Magic (The Immortals, Book 1)
8.  Wild Magic (The Immortals, Book 1) by Tamora Pierce
The list author says:
  "Daine can talk with animals and gets taken in by a mage and gets to go on some great adventures as nasty immortals begin to invade the world."
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Wolf-Speaker (Immortals #2)
9.  Wolf-Speaker (Immortals #2) by Tamora Pierce
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The Realms of the Gods (The Immortals, Book 4)
10.  The Realms of the Gods (The Immortals, Book 4) by Tamora Pierce
The list author says:
  "I own the original hardback and recently got it signed by Tamora Pierce herself - one of the most exciting moments of my life!!"
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The Enchanted Forest Chronicles: Dealing with Dragons / Searching for Dragons / Calling on Dragons / Talking to Dragons
11.  The Enchanted Forest Chronicles: Dealing with Dragons / Searching for Dragons / Calling on Dragons / Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
The list author says:
  "This was the second or third fantasy series I ever read and to this day it is still one of the most fun and clever series I've ever read.  Cimorene is one underrated alternative fairy tale princess!"
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Wise Child
12.  Wise Child by Monica Furlong
The list author says:
  "I still loving escaping to the enchanted yet so realistic world of stubborn Wise Child and her caring teacher, Juniper, who helps her discover what it is to be a witch."
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Juniper
13.  Juniper by Monica Furlong
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Colman
14.  Colman by Monica Furlong
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The Claidi Collection: Books I-III - Wolf Tower; Wolf Star; Wolf Queen
15.  The Claidi Collection: Books I-III - Wolf Tower; Wolf Star; Wolf Queen by Tanith Lee
The list author says:
  "Oh Claidi-baa!  I loved this series because while Claidi is relatable, it introduced me to a fantasy world that wasn't based on the middle ages, but pure imagination.  Great love story too!"
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Jane of Lantern Hill
16.  Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Montgomery
The list author says:
  "This book is timeless because Jane wants what we all want - a happy family and a beach side home on Prince Edward Island where everything seems 10x more magical than the rest of the world."
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His Dark Materials (Laurel-Leaf)
17.  His Dark Materials (Laurel-Leaf) by Philip Pullman
The list author says:
  "There is no age level here.  If you don't know this series, you will in December when it finally becomes a movie. The worlds, the plots, the characters, the ideas are all amazing but the best part is the relationship that grows between Lyra and Will."
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These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 Arizona Territories
18.  These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 Arizona Territories by Nancy E. Turner
The list author says:
  "Sweeping epic alert for all women!  This is the diary of Sarah Agnes Prine who grows from girl to woman in the wild southwest frontier.  Love, family, danger, war, ranches, military posts, death, tragedy, and happiness - it's all there and it's incredibly absorbing and well written. Not for young readers, maybe 15 & up."
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Perennial Classics)
19.  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Perennial Classics) by Betty Smith
The list author says:
  "It's hard not to love this book, which my grandma gave me.  For writer's and Daddy's girls everywhere, this is a must!"
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Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction
20.  Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction by Elizabeth E. Wein
The list author says:
  "Some of the best YA Fantasy writers all in one place with some really creative stuff and many interesting female protagonists.  You can trust the Firebird logo and this book proves why."
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Building Harlequin's Moon
21.  Building Harlequin's Moon by Larry Niven
The list author says:
  "Strong young female character, interesting multiple narrative perspectives, and page-turning plot twists! Probably for teens and up..."
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The City of Ember (The First Book of Ember)
22.  The City of Ember (The First Book of Ember) by Jeanne DuPrau
The list author says:
  "For younger readers, but the mysterious premise will draw any age reader into the story.  Another strong female character and quick-paced fascinating plot!"
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The People of Sparks: The Second Book of Ember (Books of Ember)
23.  The People of Sparks: The Second Book of Ember (Books of Ember) by Jeanne DuPrau
The list author says:
  "The City of Ember is explained and new troubles are met as Lena and Doon are forced to grow up faster than usual."
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East
24.  East by Edith Pattou
The list author says:
  "Scandinavian folklore, polar bears, strong female character - what is not to love?  I was totally enchanted!"
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Elske
25.  Elske by Cynthia Voigt
The list author says:
  "A unique fantasy with an intriguing plot and strong female character.  Elske will always be the girl with pearl earring to me!"
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Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-6)
26.  Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-6) by J. K. Rowling
The list author says:
  "No comment necessary except that Book Three is my fav."
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The Whale Rider
27.  The Whale Rider by Witi Tame Ihimaera
The list author says:
  "A bit different from the movie - just as enchanting.  Ihimaera's writing is like poetry."
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The Glass Castle: A Memoir
28.  The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
The list author says:
  "You thought your childhood was a bit crazy! Jeanette Walls is certainly inspiring.  For teen readers and up."
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Julie of the Wolves (HarperClassics)
29.  Julie of the Wolves (HarperClassics) by Jean Craighead George
The list author says:
  "This is old school, but I was obsessed with this book when I was little.  I loved Julie's world - it was so unique."
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The Changeling Sea (Firebird Fantasy)
30.  The Changeling Sea (Firebird Fantasy) by Patricia A. McKillip
The list author says:
  "Sometimes shorter stories are the best because every word counts.  McKillip's prose is usually rather flowery but this tale of a girl, the sea, and a changeling is simply told with just the right lyrical touch to make it truly enchanting and memorable."
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Alphabet of Thorn
31.  Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip
The list author says:
  "Fantasy for the book lovers - makes sense - why isn't there more of this?  Good love story and clever multiple narrative perspectives too. Probably for teens and up."
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Paper Moon: A Novel
32.  Paper Moon: A Novel by Joe Brown
The list author says:
  "Loved the movie, loved the book.  Addie is a wise little tomboy who loves to match wits with conman Longboy (Moze in the movie)."
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Kindle? 0 Jan 13, 2015
I have always wanted to know the real Sarah Prine. 22 Jul 4, 2014
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - for adults or teens? 8 Mar 27, 2014
Censored editions ? 22 Mar 6, 2014
These is my words - help please? (: 3 Oct 26, 2013
Numair and Daine 0 Aug 14, 2013
These books are not for children 49 Jul 17, 2013
How do I get the missing pages? 1 Jan 26, 2012
Pullman is atheist and this book promotes atheism 142 Nov 29, 2011
disturbed after reading a 2nd time 50 Sep 8, 2011
Hardcover Copy 0 Jul 10, 2011
OMG!!! No Kindle Version!!!! 4 May 2, 2011
 
   

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