Fiction for Young Feminists

Feisty girls overcoming great odds, as chosen by author Maggi Gibson

The books on this list are all books I've read myself and totally loved. Some feature girls who are wonderfully feisty, even though at times they might be wrong-headed. In others, the girl is going through an incredibly hard time, and the problems life throws are almost enough to break them. All of them are books I wish I'd had the chance to read in my early teens.

1. Speak

Laurie Halse Anderson

2. Gingerbread

Rachel Cohn

4. Stargirl

Jerry Spinelli

7. Jinx

Margaret Wild
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8. How I Live Now

Meg Rosoff

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Maggi Gibson
Maggi Gibson

Maggi Gibson writes for adults and young people, and is the author of the Seriously Sassy series for young teenage girls. Find out more about her at