Anne of Green Gables series, L.M. Montgomery.
I love Anne. Anne is so wonderful, so vibrant, so colorful. I like the first book the best, but the others (Anne of Avonlea, etc) are good as well. I do have to admit, though, that I don’t like Anne as much as she grows up.
All-of-a-Kind Family, Sidney Taylor.
A good little story and interesting tidbits about a Jewish familyof all girls in New York City. There’s a series to this one, but I’ve never read any of the others.
Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt
Okay, not really a girl book, but there was no other place to put it. A profound little book about the nature of forever. It’s nothing earth-shattering, but it sticks with you. It’s a very simple, but not simplistic, tale of a family that has become immortal and the consequences of their action. An excellent book.
Summer of My German Soldier, Bette Greene
I really can’t believe it’s taken me this long to read this book. It was a wonderful tale of people who truly care, even if they are supposed to be enemies. Truly, a classic.
Understood Betsy, Dorothy Canfield Fisher
A great book about a city girl coming into her own in the country. Good for those who like the Little House books.
Shadow Spinner, Susan Fletcher
An interesting twist on the Shahrazad tale. This time, to get her through the 1001 nights, she enlists the help of a peasant girl who has a knack for telling tales.
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi
Fun, and surprising. Good, strong heroine.
Outlaws of Sherwood, Robin McKinley
Good feminine take on the Robin Hood story. But then, I’ve never read a bad McKinley book.
The Sherwood Ring, Elizabeth Marie Pope
Fun little mystery/romance.
Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo
A fun little story about a girl and a dog and finding friends.
Pirates!, Celia Rees
A fun book about early-18th century girls who become pirates (in the Carribean, of course), and their adventures. A fun read.
Esperanza Rising, Pam Munoz Ryan
A good little book about a rich Mexican girl who loses everything and immigrates to America with her mother to begin again. Based on the author’s grandmother’s life.
Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli
A good book on being an individual and retaining that individuality.
Shiva’s Fire, Suzanne Fisher Staples
Interesting story set in India. About a girl who is destined to dance and how she finds her place in life.