Paper Tigers has an awesome Australian author interview. (A portent of great things to come later this month!) Via the ever-fab Ya Ya Ya’s, who have amusing — and really strange — news about The Dangerous Book for Boys. And may I just join them in saying “Huh?”

“What’s In Their Backpack?” at The Edge of the Forest: Way too cute.

The Guardian’s Imogene Russell Williams bemoans the lack of anti-heroes in fiction for girls. Though I’d never heard of the character she mentioned (Flossie Teacakes?!), I doubt we’re suffering from a surfeit of sweetness in the kidlit world. Weren’t people just complaining about our girl Junie B? Has this woman never met Ramona Quimby?

I think it’s possible that the writer may not have read a children’s book since sometime in the eighties… when she was a child? (Or else there really is very little cross-over between here and the UK?!) A few people responded to this post, but I know we can come up with more than a few novels which don’t feature sickeningly sweet girls – or even girls who long to be eighteen. My list begins with Flora Segunda, how about yours?

About the author

tanita s. davis is a writer and avid reader who prefers books to most things in the world, including people. That's ...pretty much it, she's very boring and she can't even tell jokes. She is, however, the author of eight books, including Serena Says, Peas & Carrots, and the Coretta Scott King honored Mare's War. Look for the new MG, Partly Cloudy in 9/2021 from Katherine Tegen Books.


  1. Boy, don’t get me started either. Too late…

    Yolanda’s Genius-Carol Fenner
    The Golden Compass-Philip Pullman
    Wisechild-Monica Furlong

    It’s silly. Most of my favorite books with female protagonists are not sickly-sweet girls, nor do they long to be eighteen.

  2. I nominate the heroines in Patricia Wrede’s “Enchanted Forest Chronicles”, Princess Rosalind in Janet Lee Carey’s “Dragon’s Keep”, and Robert Munsch’s “Paper Bag Princess”.
    There are lots of other unconventional princesses these days, for those who care to look!

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