It's back-to-school season, and we've been reminiscing about classic books from our school days. Many of them, including To Kill a Mockingbird and A Wrinkle in Time, featured heroic young girls who inspired us growing up. Some of our favorite "kids" books — that are just as relevant and enjoyable to read today — feature strong, multidimensional heroines who persevered despite being overlooked because of their size, age, and sex. These adventurous young women hold a special place in our hearts and minds, so let's take a look at some of the most inspiring 16-and-under heroines in literature.
Victoria Beckham's Love of Harper Lee Drives Sales of To Kill a Mockingbird — Who's Your Favorite Female Author?
Victoria Beckham can sell pop records and high fashion, but did you know she also influences the market for classic literature? After Victoria named her baby daughter after her favorite author, Harper Lee, sales of To Kill a Mockingbird have jumped by more than 120 percent on Amazon.co.uk.
Shortly after Harper Beckham's birth on July 10, proud dad David explained how she got her name. He wrote on his Facebook page: "Victoria's favourite book is To Kill A Mockingbird, it's a very strong, passionate book and the author was Harper Lee, and that is where Harper came from." The little one is already setting trends, as the book that inspired her name is now number 38 on Britain's bestseller list.
I wouldn't be surprised if mothers follow in Victoria's posh footsteps by naming their children after authors. If you had to choose your favorite female author, who would it be?
Wow, I thought I knew a lot of great coming-of-age novels, but this week's Buzzworthy challenge proved how many great-looking titles I have missed out on. Thanks to everyone who participated in this challenge — I now have a nice, long list to bring with me to the bookstore this weekend! Here are some of the titles that looked the most intriguing to me (or that I've also read and enjoyed), followed by the full list of everyone's suggestions:
To Kill a Mockingbird
Mainly Obsessed bookmarked this classic Southern coming-of-age tale with this comment: "I don't know anyone who has read this book and hasn't loved it. I mean Boo Radley for god sakes!"
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
I have actually read this book, and absolutely loved it. melyshka says this about her suggestion: "This might not be the 'typical' coming of age novel, but for those of us who grew up Latina in the U.S., and especially for those of us who lost the language of our ancestors in the process, this one hit particularly hard for me."
Three more highlighted picks and the full list if you read more