Amy Plum, author of the GORGEOUS Die for Me, is next up in our 'YA favourites' mini-series. And Amy, true to her own book, has chosen a trio of fearless female characters.
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
This book marked me profoundly when I read it in high school for the first time. Scout is one of my favorite protagonists in literature. Place her in the book’s setting—Alabama during the Depression, in the midst of racial strife—and she is unforgettable. And her father, Atticus Finch, is such a hero. I just love everything about this book.
His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman
Lyra Belacqua is yet another great girl protagonist: strong and curious and smart. And the world that Pullman has created in this trilogy sparks every creative synapse in my body. I love the daemon mythology, the parallel worlds, and holy cow, did he come up with a scary villain in Mrs. Coulter!
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
Hmm, I see a pattern forming with the strong female protagonists in my chosen books! The scenes of Francie Nolan’s childhood in the slums of Brooklyn swing from heartbreaking to funny. I found myself cheering her on as she struggles to educate herself and her brother and lift them out of the poverty they endured with their parents. Her struggle against adversity is heroic, and the book a classic.
If you'd like to get involved with helping to choose books for the 2012 World Book Night giveaway of ONE MILLION books, just head to www.worldbooknight.org. Bonus points for every YA/kids book we can get on the list!!!