Liesel Meminger of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Liesel can hold her own against her best friend Rudy– in soccer, races, thievery, anything. She knows the power of words and wields it wisely. She didn’t hesitate to pulverize Ludwig Schmeikl for bullying her around– but she also graciously apologizes and helps him out later in the book. Liesel loves deeply, grieves intensely, and perseveres through tremendous loss.
Hermione Granger of Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Are you kidding me? She’s the smartest wizard not only of her class but of her generation! Her quick wits and incredible intellect save Harry and Ron time and time again. She’s brave. She never gave up on Harry for one second. She has a strong sense of justice, incredible loyalty, and a beautiful, courageous heart.
Isaboe of The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta
Fearsome. Unwavering. Isaboe’s resolution and leadership are a thing to behold. She is her own boss. She loves with ferocity. Her dedication to the people of Lumatere is humbling, and her vulnerability with those she loves best reminds me that even stones can bleed.
Quintana of The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta
“‘Do you know who tells me my worth, Phaedra of Alonso?’
The princess pointed a hard finger at her own chest.
‘Me. I determine my own worth. If I had to rely on others I’d have lain down and died waiting.’”
Shazi of The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Her tremendous spirit inspires me. Her courage, tenacity, creativity, boldness, and will are like an unquenchable fire. Best of all, her ability to forgive makes her a worthy queen, honorable woman, and beautiful soul.
I want to be these women– grace and power, strength and vulnerability.
May I be these women.