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March 2018, Part 2

Teen Board Monthly Question

March 2018, Part 2

As you may or may not know, March is Women’s History Month, a time when we celebrate all the rockin’ ladies who gave their lives and efforts to making the world a much better (and more equal) place. With that in mind, we asked our Teen Board members about some of their favorite female authors or heroines, whether they are endlessly witty, fiercely strong, or always writing the perfect endings to complicated storylines. Read below to find out who they're celebrating this month.

My favorite female author would have to be J.K. Rowling because of how creative and incredibly talented she is in creating a whole other universe for readers. My favorite female character would be Katniss Everdeen because of how fierce, courageous, and determined she is in everything she does. --- Jeremy H.

There are so many amazing female authors out there who have written books that changed my life. Here’s my list: Angie Thomas, Ashley Herring Blake, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Rebecca Podos, Jennifer Mathieu, Marie Lu, Suzanne Collins, Laura Silverman, Reneé Ahdieh Sona Charaiporta, Dhonielle Clayton and Jenny Han. There are definitely tons more rock star female authors though! I’d highly recommend every author I mentioned. --- Jessi H.

Out of all the countless heroines I love and aspire to be Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson and the Olympians beats them all. She’s funny and intelligent, completely destroying the stereotype that there’s no such thing as beauty and brains. In every book she’s a fighter, the person you want to have your back. Throughout reading these books when I was younger, she was always a character that I knew I wanted to be like. In addition Sarah J Mass, author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series is an amazing writer that I admire so much. Her heroines are always fierce and independent, like Feyra and Aelin, able to capture the story without relying solely on the support of some male character or love interest. Each book inspires me to be the best I can be through the women I get to read about, and I’m endlessly grateful to Maas for creating them. --- Jessica K.

My favorite female author is Suzanne Collins, who wrote The Hunger Games trilogy. These books are still my favorites even years after reading them, and I think she did a fantastic job of ending the series. Usually, the third book of a trilogy lacks original ideas and often isn't nearly as enjoyable as the first book. Somehow, Suzanne Collins managed to make the third book just as exciting, if not even more so, than the first book of the series! --- Juliette G.

There is nothing I love more than a strong, sassy heroine, so picking just one is extremely difficult. If I really had to chose though, I'd probably have to say that my favorite as of late is Esta from Lisa Maxwell's THE LAST MAGICIAN. She was wild, fierce, independent, and wickedly witty. She was exactly what I always look for in a heroine, and I adored her endlessly. --- Katie T.

As you may or may not know, the month of March is dedicated to Women’s History, celebrating all the amazing women who sacrificed their lives in  effort to help make the world a more equal and better place for all. With that being said, there are so many outstanding and inspiring  women in  the YA community from authors like Marie Lu and Sarah J. Maas to characters such as Katniss Everdeen and Feyre. One of my all time favorite female authors is the lovely, Leigh Bardugo, who is best known for the New York Times Bestselling Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows duology. She has a way of expressing that a female can sustain aspects of femininity and still exhibit  a variety of traits, such as being fiercely strong, courageous, determined, fearless, and intelligent, while also maintaining to convey such authenticity.  It really inspires me as the reader to see an author portray a full range of characters that illustrate honest emotions as well as depict past definitions and stereotypes, for it allows one to get a  full sense to  look outside their world, be brave and accept pride in all aspects. --- Laina Q.

Hands down, J. K. Rowling is my favorite female author. All her characters are fully developed and complex, whether make or female, and she does not shy away from addressing stereotypes and other real-life issues. Rowling is the single author whose books did not leave me feeling like I was leaving the series; rather, I felt it was still a part of me, and that it always would be. --- Lauren C.

Every woman in history and present is strong and able to show a confidence unique to them, but some woman have displayed endless amounts of empowerment and inspiration. One of my personal author heroes is JK Rowling, I will never forget how smart and creative she must have been, and patient, to write as much and as well as she did with my favorite series of all time: Harry Potter. She has always been able to look in between the lines and inspire many young teens and writers across the country. Of course, I also have to give a big shout out to my Mom and all of the moms: I can’t imagine how brave, strong, and unique every mother is and how they are able to represent the amazing qualities of women. Every female has their own sense of pride, inspiration, and strength that we should be able to admire, bringing us closer together and lifting all of us up towards the future. --- Lillian B.

One female character who really stood out to me when I was young was Hermoine Granger. She embodied so many admirable traits and was a great role model for me when I was younger and reading HARRY POTTER. I loved how smart she was and how she was always saving the day with her wits. Hermoine was my first favorite leading lady, and she inspired me to read about more strong women. Now, some of my recent favorite female characters include Ruby from THE DARKEST MINDS, Viv from MOXIE, and Lara Jean from TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE. --- Mackenzie P.

Some of my favorite female authors have to be Sarah J. Maas and Victoria Aveyard, because both of these ladies have written fantastic novels that include so many strong-minded, determined, and kick-butt heroines who I absolutely adore, such as Feyre from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series and Mare from the Red Queen series. The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer also has to be my favorite cast of female characters ever, because each main female character in this series is so incredibly unique, resilient, and diverse! In addition, one of my favorite standout female characters at the moment is Starr from THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas, because she is truly such an inspiring, outspoken, and insightful character to read about. --- Makayla H.

Whenever I think of powerful female characters, the first one that always comes to mind is Starr Carter from THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas. Starr is probably my favorite female character that I've ever read about; she pops off of the pages, and her voice is raw and stunning. In the novel, her best friend is murdered by a police officer, and when Starr is the only witness to this murder, it's up to her to use her voice to speak up for what's right. However, she's afraid of what would occur if she did. Throughout the story, we watch her grow and question everything she has ever been taught by her family and peers. THE HATE U GIVE tackles both sexism and racism in an intelligent and refreshing way. It's a beautiful story about finding your voice in a world that tries to shut it off, and is definitely something I think everyone should read for Women's History Month. --- Marco M.

My most favorite female author is Margaret Haddix. Ever since elementary school I have been binging her books. She has the super power of writing books that the reader is absolutely unable to put down. My favorite of her novels is DOUBLE IDENTITY. I have probably read it over 10 times and there’s no stop in sight. Haddix has such a strong and imaginative voice.  She will always be one of my all time favorite authors. --- McKenzie S.

This question is incredibly difficult as literally every novel I read has a strong female lead/heroine... but I do have a list of my top five! In order from least to greatest my favorite female heroines are Isabelle Lightwood from CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clare, Adelina Amouteru from THE YOUNG ELITES by Marie Lu, Lila Bard from A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab, Inej Ghafa from SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo, and Elizabeth Bennet from PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen. These women are all fiercely strong, independent, and intelligent. Even if there was a male lead, they faded into the background when these legends were present. --- Melat E.

There are so many wonderful women I could name for this, both fictional and real. But after giving this question hours of thought, I came back to the character that not only made me fall truly head over heels in love with books, but also who helped shape me into who I am today. That lovely lady being Jo March from Louisa May Alcott's LITTLE WOMEN. I first met Jo when I was eight-years-old and my admiration for her was instant. She was strong and passionate. She knew what she wanted but she also knew what had to be done for others. She loved reading and writing. She was a black sheep. Immediately I felt connected to her because of how similar she and I were. But more than loving the similarities, I loved the differences between us. I aspired to be as strong and care-free as her. I remember every day just telling myself to be like Jo. To not care that other kids thought I was weird because I read too much and spoke too little. To not care when other people commented on my too tall height and my odd interests. Jo March was strong and unapologetically (I don't care what critics say about her!) herself. And because she was those things, I could become those things too. To this day, I still find myself sometimes thinking "That was a very Jo moment. Well done." Jo and Louisa aren't the only literary women to have shaped who I am. I think every time we read a book it shapes us, whether in a huge or little way. So with that, I want to give a huge thank you to all the women authors who have ever shared their stories. --- Olivia W.

Out of all of the authors whose works I have passionately devoured, I have found that I love Kelly Barnhill's work the most. Her novels go beyond traditional telling to teach readers important lessons in accountability and finding hidden truths (such was the case in THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON) but also stays true to her whimsical style in her newest book, DREADFUL YOUNG LADIES. I think that while it is impossible to look past her the beautiful but intrinsically-imperfect worlds, the largest cause of my admiration for her is the poise with which she tells stories with real meaning to readers young and old alike. --- Rachel D.

One of my favorite authors is Laini Taylor, author of STRANGE THE DREAMER. More than any author I've ever read, she has the ability to make the English language sound so musical, so imaginative, in a way that fits perfectly with whatever she is describing. Additionally, she writes a whole spectrum of female characters in her novel --- bold, reserved, passionate, shy, confident. It's so important to realize that women aren't --- and don't have to be --- similar in personality or temperament; there's no "right" or "wrong" way to be a woman! I like that every reader can find a female in her book that they identify with. In terms of characters, I'm going to give this one to Jane from MY LADY JANE: witty and confident, she lights up the pages with her intelligence and fierce, unapologetic love of reading (and she's also a redhead, and we redheads have to stick together!) --- Rachel R.

One of the authors I admire is Madeleine L’Engle who wrote A WRINKLE IN TIME. Her book is amazing and is full of incredible strong women like the main character, Meg. I read it almost every day when I was younger. Happy Women’s History Month! --- Rebecca D.

My favorite author, Morgan Matson, is always able to write the most captivating, page turning, complex storylines for young adult novels. Her writing consistently keeps the reader invested from cover to cover whether it be through the lessons learned in SECOND CHANCE SUMMER or the relatable lifestyle Andie leads in THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING. Her novels also include inspiring heroines who find themselves on a journey of self discovery throughout the story, which makes for a compelling and inspirational read. She is able to integrate the perfect mix of emotions and humor into every piece of work she writes, and I hope to emulate her writing style one day. --- Ryan H.

Women’s History Month is the time to embrace all our idols, whether we see them on the big screen everyday making history or they were our silent heroes who’s story helped you get through a rough patch in your life.  My hero, second to my mother because…duh, is Pam Muñoz Ryan.  I can’t explain the feeling I got when I was twelve and picked up ESPERANZA RISING for the first time and was so shocked to find out that the main character looked and spoke like me!  I hadn’t realized how much I needed idols and heroines that looked like I did and that spoke like I did, but once I found out that they existed it gave an entirely new self confidence that I don’t think I had before then.  Representation matters, and look out world because Pam Munoz Ryan helped release a voice that won’t back down until she is heard. --- Sabina Z.

How can I talk about my favorite female authors and heroines without mentioning my favorite author, Harper Lee? Not only did she write my favorite book, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, but she also wrote characters like Scout, who broke stereotypes about women that existed during the time period, and showed a strong and intelligent young woman for others to look up to. As far as fictional characters go, Lyra Belacqua from the His Dark Materials series was a huge inspiration to me. Lyra ran away from stereotypes and expectations in order to be her own person, and she has always inspired me to do the same for myself. --- Savana W.

One of my favorite female authors is Jennifer Mathieu who wrote MOXIE. Her novel was extremely empowering and made me super proud to be a woman! As for my favorite heroines, I have a bunch but I’ll just list off a few of the most — in my opinion — iconic: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles), Eelyn (SKY IN THE DEEP), Starr (THE HATE U GIVE), & Shahrzad (THE WRATH AND THE DAWN). They all have many factors that I aspire after and know that they would make some serious (& incredible) changes in our world today if they weren’t fictional! --- Taylor F.

My favorite female author is Becky Albertalli.  As the author of SIMON VERSUS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA, which is being made into a movie, she has changed YA fiction with her take on being gay. I also love her book THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED. She writes about issues others might consider touchy with caution and understanding. I have met her in person. She is adorable and fun. I loved spending time with her. On Twitter, she is full of fire. She is not afraid of pointing out injustice and correcting it. She has supported the YA community as it grows and changes. --- Wren L.