Up a Road Slowly

Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt Follett, 1966 192 pages Irene Hunt's Up a Road Slowly is a problem book. I can't remember where I first heard about it, but I do remember being told that it's a great book for girls. By the time I finished reading it, however, I wasn't sure - … Continue reading Up a Road Slowly

Super Secondaries: The Women (and Girls) of Harry Potter

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling; ill. by Mary GrandPre Scholastic Shortly after I started writing this blog, I had an idea for a series: something that would recognize books with strong female secondary characters. After all, girls don't always read books about girls--nor should they. But we can still steer them to books with … Continue reading Super Secondaries: The Women (and Girls) of Harry Potter


Jessica by Kevin Henkes Greenwillow Books, 1989 24 pages Kevin Henkes is one of my favorite author-illustrators for children. His perceptive, sometimes sly and snarky heroes and heroines are among the most engaging characters in picture book land. And his lovely little jewel-like illustrations beautifully capture the simultaneous limitations and limitlessness of a child's world, … Continue reading Jessica