Harriet the Spy was our first rebel heroine, a smart girl who spies for the sheer pleasure of it. These other renegade girls are worthy follow-ups to her literary legacy.
Your Next Picture Book
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes features an equally likable little rebel.
Your Next Chapter Book
Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry also focuses on a budding writer who sometimes finds herself at odds with life.
Your Next Readaloud
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley is usually shelved in the adult section, but its 11-year-old chemist heroine has plenty of Harriet-style spunk.
Your Next Teen Read
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart, the tale of a plucky teen who infiltrates the all-male secret society at her snooty boarding school.
Your Next Grown-Up Book
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery focuses on precocious Paloma’s life in a Parisian apartment building, where — driven by loneliness and monotony — she vows to commit suicide on her thirteenth birthday.
We’re reprinting some of Amy’s summer reading series favorites from home/school/life magazine. This list appeared in our 2014 summer reading guide.