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30 March 2012


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Robin McKinley's Beauty, when I was like, 8. It's the first time I realized that one could actually read Greek writers. I remember thinking "I want to go read Euripides to the horses." (yes, hopeless even then-- I also liked the idea of a library with ALL the books . . . )


Cin Forshay-Lunsford's A Walk Through Cold Fire.

I read it the first time when I was in middle school. It called out to my awkward but (I hoped) creative loner self, and it was the first of many, many books I read that centered around a group of outcasts creating chosen-kin based families.


"The Girl Who Owned a City" by O.T. Nelson. Having reread it as an adult, I realized the writing is not that fantastic, but that is far beside the point. When I read it as a 5th grader, it was the first book I had read with a lead female character who takes charge, is listened to by others, and directs her own adventure. My amazing 5th grade reading teacher followed this with "The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" by E.L. Konigsburg and basically those two novels and that year of school changed my life and view of what girls can do.

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