This bibliography was produced as part of my final project for LIS 6530 — 30 books were selected from those presented by classmates throughout the semester. Each book selected for inclusion in this bibliography features female characters. Clicking on titles will bring you to the relevant WorldCat record.

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Exploring Books Across Genres: A Guide to Teen Lit for Girls


Lily leaves a mysterious notebook full of dares on a bookstore shelf in hopes that someone will find it and follow complete the dares. Enter Dash. (Grade 9 & Up.)

Biographies and Memoirs
I Am Scout: A Biography of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields
A biography that tells the story behind the author of To Kill a Mockingbird – Nelle Harper Lee. (Grade 6 & Up.)

Surviving the Angel of Death: The True Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor and Lisa Rojany Buccieri
The story of twin Jewish sisters who were sent to Auschwitz and were subjected to the experiments of Dr. Josef Mengele. (Grade 6 & Up.)

Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High by Melba Pattillo Beals
Fifteen-year-old Melba was one of the Little Rock Nine – nine African-American students who enrolled at Little Rock Central High School in 1957 – this is her story. (Grade 7 & Up.)

While Other Children Played: An Autobiography by Erna Gorman
A Holocaust survivor who lives in southeast Michigan tells the story of her childhood – living in several Polish ghettos and even in the hayloft of a generous farmer. (Grade 7 & Up.)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Scout and her older brother Jem learn about race in the 1930s when their father, an attorney, defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. (Grade 9 & Up.)

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
A coming of age story that follows the life of orphan Anne Shirley with her adoptive family. (Grade 5 & Up.)

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous (Beatrice Sparks)
A coming of age story told in diary format about a teen girl’s addiction to drugs which ultimately leads to her death. (Grade 9 & Up.)

Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech
Written in journal format for a class assignment, 13-year-old Mary Lou Finney grudgingly records the days’ events until her cousin visit – Mary Lou’s life takes some unexpected and interesting turns. (Grade 6 & Up.)

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abel-Fattah
16-year-old Amel decides to start wearing a hijab and her life abruptly changes – taunts from classmates begin and she’s worried what her crush will think. (Grade 7 & Up.)

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Samantha Kingston dies, but is given a second chance – actual seven chances – to figure things out surrounding her death and perhaps find a path to redemption. (Grade 8 & Up.)

Page by Paige by Laurie Lee Gulledge
Graphic novel. A teenage girl who recently relocated to New York City keeps a sketchbook where she shares her innermost thoughts and dreams for the future. (Grade 7 & Up.)

How I Made it to Eighteen: A Mostly True Story by Tracy White
Graphic novel. A teen coming of age struggles with body image, self-esteem, substance abuse, and anxiety. (Grade 9 & Up.)

Dystopian Fiction
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
A society that is governed by The Sisterhood and protected by The Guardians from The Unconsecrated – zombies! Book 1 of 4. (Grade 9 & Up.)

Divergent by Veronica Roth
In post-apocalyptic Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior is required to make once choice that will change her life: which faction to join – Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, Erudite. Book 1 of 3. (Grade 9 & Up.)

Matched by Ally Condie
In a trusted society which dictates what to read and what to watch, even selecting one’s mate isn’t questioned until Cassia experiences a glitch. Book 1 of 3. (Grade 9 & Up.)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Unites States no longer exists and a country divided into 12 districts – each district is required to select two tributes who will battle on live TV until a child single remains standing. Book 1 of 3. (Grade 9 & Up.)

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
In a war-torn nation full of enemies and monsters, Alina discovers a hidden power in her that could save her country. (Grade 9 & Up.)

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Puck Connolly is the first girl to partake in the dangerous races – not by choice, but rather to help her family. (Grade 8 & Up.)

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
The younger of two princesses, Elisa was “chosen” and is now married to a king – but her life is far from perfect as she is being hunted. Will fulfill the prophecy and become her country’s savior? (Grade 7 & Up.)

Historical Fiction
A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
Orphan Mary Quinn is sent to Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls which actually turns out to not be a school at all, but rather a cover for an elite ring of female spies. (Grade 7 & Up.)

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Young Liesel Meminger is separated from all that she knows and sent to live with a foster family during World War II where she begins rescuing books from some very dangerous places. (Grade 9 & Up.)

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Fifteen-year-old Lina and her family as well as thousands of others are torn from their homes in Lithuanian, placed in overcrowded cattle cars, and shipped to a labor camp in Siberia where they struggle to survive. (Grade 8 & Up.)

The Mark by Jen Nadol
Cassie’s gift allows her to see a person’s imminent death by way of a glowing aura which she refers to as the mark. In this book, Cassie experiments with her gift and learns many valuable lessons. (Grade 9 & Up.)

Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems by John Grandits
A collection of quirky and humorous stories in verse that focus on elements of Jesse’s life: volleyball, playing the cello, her annoying little brother, and experiments with make-up and hair. (Grade 5 & Up.)

How to (Un)cage a Girl by Francesca Lia Block
In other words, this is a book for the girl who doesn’t fit in; the girl who has loved and had her heartbroken; and, the girl who isn’t comfortable in her own skin. (Grade 9 & Up.)

Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Quiet high school junior D.J. Schwenk, a star basketball player, learns how to better lead her team and soon Big Ten scouts visit her rural country town to watch her play ball. (Grade 8 &

Suspense and Supernatural
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Sixteen-year-old Violet has a special gift – the ability detect dead bodies. Coupled with her boyfriend, Violet uses her gift to unravel a murder in her small town. Book 1 of 3. (Grade 9 & Up.)

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Not only does Chloe see ghosts, but she gets sent to a home for troubled teens and there is something more to her housemates than what meets the eye. Book 1 of 3. (Grade 7 & Up.)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Karou, a young art student living in Prague, has natural blue hair and can speak many languages – some of the them not human, but she has no idea who she truly is. (Grade 9 and Up.)

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Graphic novel. A coming of age story which follows a teenage girl struggling with conformity and the relationship with an intriguing new friend. (Grade 7 & Up.)