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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman



Lyra Belacqua is content running wild among the scholars of Jodan College, with her daemon, Pan, at her side. But her carefree existence is forever changed when she prevents an assassination attempt against her uncle and overhear a secret discussion about something called Dust. Soon she is whisked away into a the far north as she must face Gobblers, stolen children, witch clans, armored bears and a beautiful woman with a golden monkey daemon.

Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley


Kate Beasley

Gertie Reece is a small-town girl whose father works on an oil rig, and whose mother just moved from their away from town. Gertie decides that becoming the best fifth grader in the universe will show her mother exactly what she’s missing. There’s just one problem – and her name is Mary Sue Spivey, the seat-stealing new girl who has similar plans of becoming the best fifth grader two. She’s never failed to complete a mission before and she’s not about to let it happen.


Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce



 Alana of Trebond is a noble-born girl in the fantasy kingdom of Tortall. The only problem with her noble blood? It means her father is trying to ship her off to a convent to be trained as a proper wife. Lucky for her, her identical twin brother Thom, is just as upset about being sent off to become a warrior. So what better response than to forge a few letters and switch places. It works out perfectly, Thom can spend his time at the convent, training as a sorcerer and Alanna becomes “Alan” and heads off to the castle…where she is immediately picked on teased and hazed by the resident bullies. But Alanna pushed through, making friends, winning fights and never losing sight of becoming the first female warrior.


The Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene



The Nancy Drew Mystery Stories is a long running series that started publication in the 1930’s. Nancy lives in River Heights with her father, Carson Drew, and their housekeeper, Hannah Gruen. She debuted at a time when girls were ready to read about something different – something like an independent, determined and intelligent teenager with a knack for solving mysteries.


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle



Meg Murry is a high-school student who is transported on an adventure through time and space alongside her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O’Keefe. They’re on a mission to rescue Meg’s father from the evil forces holing him captive on another planet. Coupled with celestial beings and a sort of “wrinkle” in space, Meg and her companions travel to the fifth dimension in search of her father.

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