Mariam, a character in Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns shows incredible growth and resilience. Born as an illegitimate child of a successful business man outside a small city in Afghanistan, Mariam overcomes the dysfunctional relationships she has with her parents to become a mother figure to another women and her young son and to stand up to her abusive husband.

Aibileen Clark in Kathryn Stockett’s book The Help shows bravery and nobility. Aibileen is a maid in Jackson Mississippi in the 1960s; her mother was a maid and her grandmother a slave. The loss of her son motivates Aibileen to stand up against injustices and she tells her story and encourages other maids to do the same.

Matilda is the epitome of a good female role model. Roald Dahl’s six year old character is determined and sempowered; Matilda loves reading and refuses to let injustices stand.

Holly Short a character in Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series is the first female member of LEPrecon, Holly works hard to prove herself in a male-dominated world. Holly also has strong morals which she does not back track on.

Nasuada in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle is a political leader who embodies innovation and is touch with the needs of her people even in a wartime situation.

Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief set during the Holocaust features Liesel Meminger, a young girl who gained the respect of Death himself. Liesel demonstrates bravery and kindness in a time when these traits are rare.

 

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