Age 9-12 yrs Modern classic kids books with strong female characters - age 9-12. Harriet the Spy image

Published on May 6th, 2014 | by Bright Kids Books


Modern classic kids books with strong female characters – age 9-12

The strong female characters depicted in these modern day classic kids books for ages 9-12 are all smart, independent and brave. Making them great role models for your kids – both girls… and boys. No doubt you’ll enjoy revisiting some of these modern day classic kids books too.


Harriet the Spy
by Louise Fitzhugh

Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. In her notebook, she writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends up in the wrong hands. Before she can stop them, her friends have read the always truthful, sometimes awful things she’s written about each of them. Will Harriet find a way to put her life and her friendships back together? A genuine modern classic kids book with well written and strong female characters.


Bridge to Terabithia
by Katherine Paterson

In 1976, Katherine Paterson’s son David was 8 years old when his friend, Lisa Hill, was struck by lightning and killed. A year later Bridge to Terabithia was published – winning a Newberry Medal and becoming, if such a thing is possible, an instant classic. The story – Jess Aarons has been practicing all summer so he can be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. And he almost is, until the new girl in school, Leslie Burke, outpaces him. The two become fast friends and spend most days in the woods behind Leslie’s house, where they invent an enchanted land called Terabithia. One morning, Leslie goes to Terabithia without Jess and a tragedy occurs. This story of friendship, loss, grief and strength will touch you – so keep the tissues handy.


Ramona the brave
by Beverly Cleary

For a girl as enthusiastic about life as Ramona, starting the first grade should be easy! But with a teacher who doesn’t understand her, a tattletale classmate, and a scary dog who follows her on the walk home from school, Ramona has a hard time acting like the big girl everyone expects her to be. But when she shows up to school with a missing shoe, Ramona gets a fresh grip on her courage in order to make it through a mortifying situation. The very essence of strong female characters.

Newbery Medal winning author Beverly Cleary lovingly chronicles the ups and downs of elementary school woes. And better still, Ramona is one of the more relatable strong female characters for young readers.


Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter
by Astrid Lindgren

Ronia lives with her father, a robber chieftain, and his band of men in their fortress on the top of a mountain. One day she meets Birk, the son of a rival robber leader. Ronia and Birk develop a friendship that is as indestructible as the mountain fortress itself. But with their families sworn enemies they are forced to keep their friendship a secret until one fateful day when Ronia’s father catches Birk… prompting Ronia and Birk to escape into the woods and fend for themselves. How long can Ronia and Birk survive in the magical forest? And will their fathers ever put aside their differences to get their beloved children back?


The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
by Joan Aiken

Wicked wolves and a grim governess threaten Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia when Bonnie’s parents leave Willoughby Chase for a sea voyage. Left in the care of the cruel Miss Slighcarp, the girls can hardly believe what is happening to their once happy home. The servants are dismissed, the furniture is sold, and Bonnie and Sylvia are sent to a prison-like orphan school. It seems as if the endless hours of drudgery will never cease.

With the help of Simon the gooseboy and his flock, they escape. But how will they ever get Willoughby Chase free from the clutches of the evil Miss Slighcarp? Bonnie and Sylvia are the epitome of strong female characters.

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