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Teen Board Question - March 2017, Part 1

Teen Board Monthly Question

Teen Board Question - March 2017, Part 1

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.

Some of my favorite awesome and empowering female authors include Maya Angelou and J.K Rowling. Maya Angelou is an amazing gifted author and poet. In her autobiography I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS she writes about her extremely difficult childhood and how against all odds she was able to pick up the pieces of her life overcoming some of the most terrible things that humans can do to one another. Mrs. Angelou will always be one of my role models because her story and accomplishments drive me as a person to overcome any challenge I face. Everyone I've ever meet knows about Harry Potter or at least has seen a trailer for one of the eight movies. J.K. Rowling is a household name around the world and is one of the most gifted authors of the twenty-first century. Mrs. Rowling was able to pursue her goals and make magic a reality. Her novels give children world wide the ability to see past the ordinary and look for the extraordinary. This spell that she has cast over the world using her written words is a skill that I envy making her not only one of the most influential writer in the world currently but in all history.  Both Maya Angelou and J.K Rowling are amazing female role models and women who I look up to not only during March but all year around and they each shaped the world for the better. --- Carolyn C.

As far as fictional lady goes, Aelin from the Throne of Glass series is my idol. She is fierce and fabulous, and doesn't take no for an answer. You never know what she's scheming until her plan is complete, and the look of awe on everyone else's faces fuels her. Now for real life ladies. Sarah J. Maas, Aelin's creator, is my lord and savior. She has created so many amazing, kick butt female characters that also feel incredibly realistic (for a high fantasy world that is). They have complex emotions and desires that make them feel like real people. --- Isabel C.

My favorite female authors are Maggie Stiefvater and Victoria Schwab. Maggie Stiefvater is the artsy type in many different ways: drawing and writing to name a few. She also is a badass chick with a penchant for race car driving. I love her feistiness and creativity. I'd like to meet her one day. Victoria Schwab is an evil genius, torturing us with snippets of her stories and gorgeous visuals. Her ability to wield the pen astounds me, but her battles with anxiety inspire me. It's one thing to go through hardship; it's another to kick its butt. --- Wren L.

One of my favorite female authors is Cathy Lamb. She wrote SUCH A PRETTY FACE which is an incredibly empowering novel about a woman who had a rough childhood finally finding herself and peace in her adult life. Another one of my favorite authors is Anne Frank. Of course all she wrote was her diary, but she had such mature and eye-opening thoughts at such a young age that I find her fascinating. I admire a lot of women for their courage to do things many women have not. But these two in particular have inspired me this wonderful month of March. --- Ashley D.

Some of my favorite ladies have come from J.K. Rowling and Sarah J. Maas books: Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, Celeana Sardothien and Feyre from A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES. Not all of these ladies are kickbutt in the typical way, but they all use their knowledge and strength to overcome obstacles and worm their way into my heart. --- Bryn D.

My favorite author is Katie McGarry who wrote the Pushing the Limits and the Thunder Bird series. McGarry has consistently written amazing books that always portray characters who are going through difficult yet realistic issues. I have always connected to her characters which always makes the reading experience that more impactful. My favorite of her characters has to be Beth from DARE YOU TO because she is so independent, but she is also willing to do anything for the people she loves. A great author is someone who not only writes great plots but characters too, so Katie definitely tops my list. --- Harleen K.

One of my favorite female authors has to be Meg Cabot. I’ve read all of her books over and over and each time I read one of them I see something new that I never noticed before. All of her characters are fully developed, well thought out and relatable. Her storylines always seem new and exciting and I never get tired of them! I also couldn’t leave this post without talking about the greatest author of all time, J. K. Rowling. It just wouldn’t be right not to mention the woman who introduced me to the magical world of reading. Harry Potter is one of my favorite series of all times, even years after I first read them. --- Zoe I.

I love reading books by amazing female authors! At the moment Angie Thomas's debut, THE HATE U GIVE, one of my favorite books of this year and probably of all time, is at the top of my list of favorite books by female authors. THE HATE U GIVE is a must-read of 2017. Marissa Meyer has also been a favorite of mine for a while, and I was recently impressed by her graphic novel, WIRES AND NERVE VOL. 1. Katie McGarry's LONG WAY HOME is also a favorite of this year, and I have always loved her writing and all of her novels! --- Grace P.

This month I'm celebrating Rainbow Rowell --- a female author whose work is so original that I'm not sure she's even aware of the existence of stereotypical female protagonists. I am constantly inspired by her writing and, honestly, when I grow up, I want to be just like her. --- Aliza M.

There is nothing like opening a book to see strong female characters dominating the world around them. It is even better when the brains behind the story are also amazing. I have read of many female characters that blew me away, but I think my all-time favorite is Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass series. She is an assassin, which makes her incredibly BA, and she is stronger than any character I have read before, regardless of gender. She has a sharp mind, and is always quick to make a witty remark. On top of all that, she adores reading. What's not to love? And of course, I love her creator, Sarah J. Maas. Her writing is beautifully worded, and she created worlds I can barely begin to dream of. She writes at record pace, but still tells stunning tales, which is truly a feat of a hero. --- Caitlyn K.

One of my favorite female heroines is Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. Tessa is thrown into a crazy new life and has everyone she knows quickly stripped away from her. She still manages to kick some serious butt and keep up in a world and century where men are the dominant force. Tessa also has a love for reading that really resonated with me. Any strong female character that also loves reading as much as I do is a huge inspiration for me and someone I definitely want to think about this month! --- Danielle F.

Nicola Yoon is my favorite author. Yoon takes hard-to-swallow issues such as the problems surrounding immigration, unequal and unfair treatment and presents them in a way that teen readers can approach and grasp an understanding of the concept, regardless of how much exposure they have to the topic. Nicola Yoon is not afraid to push the boundaries with her writing, balancing the heaviness of the topic out with light playful characters and relationships within her books. --- Mikenzie R.

As an avid fan of romance, it is somewhat difficult for me to find strong, independent characters that I can relate to. One of my favorite characters is Constance from THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY. Although she is only three years old. Constance was one of the most stubborn, determined young (very, very young) women in the whole series. I personally felt that it was wonderful that such a young female character could be depicted as so strong and kind. Another of my favorite strong female characters would have to be Pheobe from CATCHER IN THE RYE. Although this is a controversial book, I felt that Pheobe, despite her age, was aways so talented at keeping Holden in line and served as an inspiration to girls everywhere. --- Vaishnavi S.

If we're talking about classic writers, I'd have to go with Jane Austen. It takes a lot to be able to write books that reflect the world as it was, yet still make sense today. Especially in a time where women's rights were scarce, her publishing her numerous books was definitely no easy feat. However if we're talking about modern authors, I think Leigh Bardugo is one of the most "kick-butt" writers of the YA-lit scene. The characters and worlds that she builds are complex and interesting while never getting boring. --- Rachel D.

My favorite female author is Sarah J. Maas. The reason I love her so much is her usage of strong female main characters. I also love how she was able to make A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES and A COURT OF MIST AND FURY, both long books, incredibly readable. I feel as though any girl could read her novels and feel empowered. --- Kaela N.

My favorite female character is definitely Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. When I first read the books, I was inspired by her intelligence and bravery. Her personality traits have helped me become a better person, and I will always look to her for inspiration. --- Breck G.

My favorite heroines have to be Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series, Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series, and Clary Fairchild from The Mortal Instruments series. They're all very intelligent characters who shine even more than their male counterparts in their respective series and they'll always be my favorite female characters because of how brave they are. --- Alyssa L.

My favorite female heroine has to be none other than Natasha Romanoff herself. To those of you that don’t know, Natasha Romanoff, or as she is more commonly known, the Black Widow, is one of the members of The Avengers, a Marvel superhero team of incredible people. Wanda Maximoff (also known as the Scarlet Witch) is also a part of the team, she is another powerful and strong girl who can definitely pack a punch (with magic, of course). But, their performance on the battlefield isn’t what makes either of them a great hero to me. Sure, Natasha is incredibly strong, fierce, and can outwit anyone, but she is human. She feels the same emotions we do. She gets afraid, and shows her fear. She struggles with her sense of identity and self-worth. But she's still a hero, through and through. She's a hero I can relate to, and at the same time, a hero I can look up to. She is my favorite hero, because no matter what happens, no matter what battle she’s facing --- in her mind and on the battlefield itself --- she keeps pushing forward. I’ll always push for her, and I am so lucky to have amazing female role models like her inspiring me every single day. --- Sheridan N.

Some of my favorite strong female characters include Celeana from the Throne of Glass series, Mare from the Red Queen series, and Blue from The Raven Cycle. Celeana constantly kicks butt as an assassin and refuses to ever give up on the people she loves. Mare comes off as stubborn at times yet she is one of the most strong-willed characters that I have ever read about. Blue is loyal, opinionated, adventurous and the epitome of quirkiness. Serving as an inspiration to all, each of these characters never fails to amaze me with how independent, confident and amazing they are. --- Makayla H.

There are many wonderful kick-butt book girls out in the world! But the three I look up to the most --- Celaena Sardothien from Sarah J Maas’s Throne of Glass series, Cather Avery from Rainbow Rowell’s FANGIRL and Piper McLean from the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. Celaena is an assassin, and even though she murders people she has morals and is still portrayed as feminine. Cather is sassy and lovable, proving that geeks are also people. Piper defies the stereotypes and proves that beauty and brains can mix. She uses words to solve problems, but she isn't afraid to get her hands dirty. These three wonderful ladies can solve problems and can take on the world. They inspire me. --- Rebecca N.

J.K. Rowling is my favorite female author. Though I haven't read all of her books, she is a name that the public will never forget. I admire her for writing one of the most well-known series in the world, but, after reading about her life as a single mom, I also admire her for her perseverance. She didn't write Harry Potter to become famous --- she used her passion for writing as a way to make money to get off welfare. Though she is presently one of the richest women, she had to start from the bottom. She is a role model for everyone, specifically women, not just because of the books she writes, but because of her own story. --- Juliette G.

In terms of a favorite author, I'd probably go with Nicola Yoon, because THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR is the book I haven't been able to get out of my head lately (in a good way, although I think I've probably mentioned it in my answer to just about every question with some sort of "favorite"). I love the extra chapters of the story that give historical, scientific and character background, and the book itself is so well written and the voice so distinctive. In terms of favorite characters, I'd probably go with Cress from The Lunar Chronicles, because I like that she uses her imagination to give her courage and keep her going, rather than relying purely on brute force. Another character that sticks out in my mind is Gretchen from the Prisoner of Night and Fog series. I admire her quest for the truth and morality in the face of anything but, despite what it may and does cost her. --- Rachel R.

I have so many favorite female authors and heroines! There are almost too many to count! Two of my favorite female authors are V.E. Schwab and Sarah J Maas. Both write such complex, amazing characters and their books could and have kept me up reading all night! One of my favorite heroines is Feyre from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. She is such an amazing character, and her character development is just supreme! Happy Women's History Month! --- Rebecca D.

Among many fabulous female authors, Morgan Matson stands out in my mind. She never fails to create complex and  captivating storylines, which culminate at the end in a flawless manner. Her use of vibrant description and intricate plots always makes her novels an engaging and addictive read. She has inspired me to commence writing, and I aspire to be like her when I am older. --- Ryan H.