One of my personal tests to determine whether a book heroine is “timeless” is if you, as a reader, remember her name, not just what she did.
For some of our most beloved female protagonists we even know the last name: Sara Crewe, Kit Tyler, Christy Huddleston, Jo March, Anne Shirley, Laura Ingalls, Lucy Pevensie. Mary Lennox, Maria Merryweather, Fern Arable and Charlotte the Spider. I feel as if I know these characters.
As my daughter Rachel says, “They are like real people that I have in my cell phone contact list. I feel as if I could call them up to ask them for advice”.
Fiery-tempered, imaginative Anne (“with an e”) of Anne of Green Gables finds what her hearts longs for -belonging in her adopted family and community. She wins the life-long friendship of Diana, whom she calls her “bosom friend”. We watch Anne grow up and see…
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