25 gutsy girls

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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.

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