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15 Literary Heroines That I Wish Were Real

Sadly, this list was harder to compile than the male counterpart. Not in any particular order.
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15 Literary Heroines (from books I’ve read) That I Wish Were Real
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 1. Elizabeth Bennet
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde 2. Thursday Next
Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling 3. Hermione Granger
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis 4. Lucy Pevensie
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson 5. Leslie Burke
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Kristy's Great Idea by Ann M. Martin 6. Kristy Thomas
The Babysitters’ Club series by Ann M. Martin
A Rather Lovely Inheritance by C.A. Belmond 7. Penny Nichols
Rather series by C.A. Belmond
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 8. Cather Avery
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares 9. Tibby Rollins
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares
The Thousand Dollar Tan Line 10. Veronica Mars
The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham
Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle 11. Brooklyn Wainwright
Bibliophile Mystery series by Kate Carlisle
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling 12. Luna Lovegood
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Persuasion by Jane Austen 13. Anne Elliot
Persuasion by Jane Austen
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith 14. Cassandra Mortmain
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 15. Trillian aka Tricia McMillan
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Stories from Days Gone By – Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to TerabithiaBridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Review: Nostalgia alert! This was my favorite book growing up so read this review through my rose colored glasses. It’s hard for me to point to exactly what speaks to me about this story but I still end up crying at the end. It’s weird because I don’t necessarily relate to the two main characters and I don’t really think I ever did but what they go through seems to engross me. The coming-of-age story hits me with its focus on friendship, the importance of having someone accept you for who you are and the power of imagination. Even after all these years, still a classic for me.

Author Profile – Katherine Paterson

Katherine PatersonBorn: October 31, 1932 in Jiangsu, China

Katherine Paterson was born in Jiangsu, China while her parents, George & Mary Womeldorf, were working there as missionaries. Her first language is Chinese. In 1954, Paterson graduated from King College in Tennessee with a degree in English and received a Master’s degree in Christian education with the hopes of going back to China as a missionary. However, at that time, China had closed its borders. Paterson traveled to Japan instead where she worked as a Christian education assistant while studying both Japanese and Chinese culture. Both would influence her later writing.

Her first novel, “The Sign of the Chrysanthemum,” was published in 1976. Her most widely read novel, “Bridge to Terabithia,”was published the very next year. It was highly controversial due to its difficult themes but it remains Paterson’s best known work.

In January 2013, Katherine Paterson received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal from the American Library Association recognizing her “substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.” The committee cited “Bridge to Terabithia” in particular saying, “Paterson’s unflinching yet redemptive treatment of tragedy and loss helped pave the way for ever more realistic writing for young people.” Paterson herself addressed her critics in a recent interview for National Public Radio saying, “I think if a book has the power to move a reader, it also has the power to offend a reader. And you want your books to have power, so you just have to take what comes with that.”

Paterson has won two Newbery Medals, two National Book Awards, the Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the biggest prize in children’s literature. She lives in Vermont with her husband, a retired Presbyterian pastor.