In the World of Books: 25 Girls Who Stand Out For Ricki


When Carrie Gelson asked Kellee and I to join her post about 25 girls who stand out in middle grade and young adult literature, we jumped at the opportunity. Kellee and I devour hundreds of books each year, yet we find that there are characters who stick with us through the years. It was difficult for me to limit my list to just 25 girls, but I am very proud of this group of young women. They don’t always make the right choices,  but they really stand out for me. I hope you find (or have found) these girls to be just as as special as I have. Next Thursday, I will share the boys!

Ricki 25 girls


  1. Violet Markey from All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  2. Astrid Jones from Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
  3. Lina from Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  4. Jackie Woodson from brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  5. Willow Chance from Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  6. Anne Frank from The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  7. Sophie Biyoya-Ciardulli from Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
  8. Esperanza from Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  9. Calpurnia Tate from The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  10. Hazel Grace Lancaster from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  11. Katsa from Graceling by Kristen Cashore
  12. Esperanza Cordero from The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  13. Ellie from Jumping off Swings by Jo Knowles
  14. Alaska Young from Looking for Alaska by John Green
  15. Mattie Gokey from A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
  16. Maria Virginia Farinango from The Queen of Water by Laura Resau
  17. Rose Justice from Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
  18. Cat from Shine by Lauren Myracle
  19. Lakshmi from Sold by Patricia McCormick
  20. Felicity Pickle from A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
  21. Amber Appleton from Sorta Like a Rockstar by Matthew Quick
  22. Melinda Sordino from Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  23. Gabriella from Tree Girl by Ben Mikaelsen
  24. Lupita from Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
  25. Lia from Wintergirls by Laure Halse Anderson

Who makes it to your list?


Check out Kellee’s list of 25 girls that stand out for her.

Check out Kellee’s list of 25 boys that stand out for her.

3 thoughts on “In the World of Books: 25 Girls Who Stand Out For Ricki”

  1. Ricki, I am so thrilled that you made a list! And what a list! My favourites here would have to be Ellie from Jumping off Swings, Astrid Jones, Rose Justice and Lina from Between Shades of Grey. I see some girls made both of our lists but also that I have some girls to meet in the pages of books I have yet to read. Seeing titles here with characters that you have honoured makes me want to read these books even more (Tree Girl, Under the Mesquite, The Queen of Water) Thank you so much for participating! I can’t wait for Kellee’s list tomorrow! And for the boys of course 🙂 You two are the best!


Leave a Comment