This list is a far from complete list of some of my favorites - they are warriors, scholars, mothers, daughters; they can be wildly in love and impressively practical; they are a little too perfect and incredibly flawed. Most of them have happy endings, some of them don't. In an nutshell - these are girls who act like girls should and must.
Don't let their childhood go by without knowing these great characters and places. These are the books that have deeply impacted us as children and adults; these are the books that made us fall madly in love with reading. These are the books that every home should own.