The Wild Girls by Pat Murphy

This books tells the story of twelve-year-old Joan and her best friend Sarah. Newt and Fox, as they call themselves, spend their days playing in the woods near their California homes and begin writing stories together. When they win first place in a student fiction contest, they are recruited for a prestigious summer writing workshop.

The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester

I was absolutely obsessed with this book in the fifth grade. It’s a cute story about farm girl Piper McCloud (I know) who, after her community discovers her ability to fly, is sent to a remote and mysterious school for students with similar talents.

Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

I find myself coming back to this delightful tale again and again. It tells the story of Fourteen-year-old Catherine in late 1200s England, and her mischievous antics to avoid being forced into marriage by her father.

The Rising Star of Rusty Nail by Lesley M. M. Blume

This is probably one of my favorite books, and I had forgotten the title until I was researching for this article, and researching such a gorgeous, funny, and sometimes painful story of ten-year-old piano prodigy Fanny Hansen and her new Russian Piano teacher everyone in her small Minnesotan town is sure is a communist.

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