I was reading Newsweek this weekend and in an article about Anne of Green Gables I read this:
That "Anne" has survived so long—and, with 50 million copies sold, so strong—is a small miracle considering the state of young-adult literature. It's rare to find a best seller with a strong heroine anymore, in large part because, although girls will read books about boys, boys won't go near a girl's book, no matter how cool she is. Even in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series, the strong, grounded Bella is willing to chuck it all for the love of her vampire boyfriend. "The literary smart girl is still showing up in literature, but she's often the sidekick," says Trinna Frever, an "Anne of Green Gables" scholar.
Now I am new to the world of YA fiction but I can already think of lots of smart, strong girls in fiction.
Lyra in His Dark Materials - she saves the worlds
Frankie in The Disreputable History - infiltrates and takes over a secret boys society
Miranda in Life as we knew it - survives a near apocalypse and saves her family
Suze in The Mediator books - kicks ass, a lot!
Amy in Secret Society Girl - says what she thinks and is not intimidated by a centuries old all male society or anyone (as far as I can tell. so far)
So what do you think does Newsweek know what it's talking about? Can you name more strong female characters in Young Adult fiction?