Get excited, friends: today, Top Ten Tuesday returns to Never Done It That Way Before!
As you may recall, I just finished Wuthering Heights, a book that made me go all shouty (and not in a good way). After that paean to female powerlessness, how refreshing it is to ponder this week’s assignment from the Broke and the Bookish: Top Ten Kick-Ass Heroines! It’s like those book bloggers know me.
So. Enjoy my list, click on over to the Broke and the Bookish to enjoy everyone else’s, and tell me which kick-ass heroine(s) I missed!
2. Miss Marple: I put this lady on as many lists as possible, but I do think the unassuming sleuth could hold her own in a fight if she had to. Maybe throw some boiling hot tea in the face of the villain?
3. Laura Ingalls (of course): Another perennial Top Ten Tuesday favorite of mine, but come on! Laura is brave in the face of school bullies, intimidating Indians (I know), and Really Bad Weather.
4. Hermione Granger: She’s brave, she’s brilliant, she fights the forces of evil, she’s really good at magic. Definitely a heroine you want on your side.
5. Amber Appleton, Sorta Like a Rock Star: Amber is quirky and fun. She’s kind, brave, and hopeful in the face of adversity. Plus, a character who’s Christian, wrestles with theological questions, and isn’t preachy or annoying about it? Definitely kick-ass.
6.Grandma Dowdel, A Long Way From Chicago and A Year Down Yonder: Grandma Dowdel is tough. She’s six feet tall. She’s an amazing baker and cook, she makes you get up early and work hard, she protects vulnerable people and puts uppity people and bullies in their place. Read these books and you will fall in love.
7. Flavia de Luce, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (and other mysteries): An eleven-year-old who excels at chemistry, rides her bike all over the English countryside, and solves mysteries. Who could ask for anything more?
8. Leslie, Bridge to Terabithia: She’s the fastest runner in the fifth grade, she has a vivid imagination and a loving heart, she doesn’t worry about what other people think, and I have to stop thinking about her now or I will start to cry.
9. Matilda, Matilda: When the grown ups are mean, boorish, or just plain terrible, you want this brilliant and resourceful girl on your side. And be nice to her, or you’ll get superglue in your hat.
10. Who’s next? Have you noticed how many of my favorite kick-ass heroines are from children’s and young adult literature? On the one hand, this is great, but on the other hand . . . there must be some grown-up heroines I’ve missed. Who are they, please?