25 gutsy girls
Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. Voldemort would have won for sure without JK Rowling’s best character. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. Fights the boys, and wins. Tris from Divergent. Katniss with tattoos and a better boyfriend. Dido Twite, the best of a swag of great girls in The Wolves of Willoughby Chase series. Lyra Belacqua. With her daemon Pantailimon, Lyra has to save all children from her evil mum’s plan in Northern Lights. Fox from the Reckless series, shape-shifter and serial rescuer of boys in trouble. George from the Famous Five series. There is only one George. The Fossil sisters from Ballet Shoes. Sounds soppy, but isn’t. These three orphans are destined for great things. Mary Lennox. Sour little Mary is sent to dreary Misselthwaite Manor, but blossoms when she unlocks The Secret Garden. 10. Sophie from John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids, future mutant with too many toes. Tough, brave, desperately unlucky. 11. Ruby Redfort, tween spy for Spectrum and
expert code-cracker. 12. Sophie and Agatha from The School of Good and Evil where fairy tales don’t revolve around princes. 13. Heidi, the eponymous Swiss miss who loves the mountains and redeems her chronically grumpy grandpa. 14. Nim, alone on Nim’s Island, defends it from annoying cruise ship passengers from the Buccaneer. 15. The Blackett Sisters from Swallows and Amazons. Pirate girls who declare war on Captain John and the Amazons. 16. Anne of Green Gables. A Canadian farming couple wanted a boy to do the hard work. Fortunately, they got a red-headed girl with a temper instead. 17. Matilda. Roald Dahl’s genius girl born to
criminal parents. 18. Madeleine, the Parisienne orphan who tames
Pepito, the Spanish Ambassador’s little boy. 19. Freya from The Sleeping Army lives in an alternative Britain where everyone worships Thor. She’s just the girl to save Valhalla. 20. Charlotte from Charlotte Sometimes. Sometimes she wakes up as Charlotte. Other times she wakes as a girl during World War I. 21. Arietty from The Borrowers, a tiny person with
a huge heart who lives under the floorboards. 22. Pippi Longstocking. Sweden’s strongest child,
and confirmed non-conformist. 23. Roberta from The Railway Children by E Nesbit. Waves her bloomers to save commuters. 24. Ruth from The Silver Sword. Polish child fleeing the Nazis who crosses war-torn Europe to find her parents. 25. Milly Molly Mandy from the little white cottage with the thatched roof. Everything is lovely, just as six-year-olds like it.
• Once the rod has enough wool on it, trim the length with scissors. We used a ruler to cut the wool on a sharp diagonal. • Attach a length of wool to either end
of the rod to hang.