Tomboys and Working Girls
Beyond Nancy Drew: A Guide to Girls' Literature
- Parker, Rosa Abbott. Jack of All Trades. Lee and
Shepard, 1868. (Juv 813.49 P 242 J) A series of short stories about
poor but adventurous girls who find success in life.
- Rouse, Adelaide Louise Annice Wynkoop, Artist: The
Perseverance of a Country Girl.. New York: A. L. Burt, 1898.
(Juv. 813.49 R863A) A country girl struggles against social, class,
and family expectations, travelling to the city to become a real
- Conklin, Jennie M. Drinkwater. Bek's First Corner, a Story
for Girls. New York: A. L. Burt, 190-. (Juv 813.49 C 752B)
Rebeka has an odd name, a dark complexion, and has recently vowed
to "live on earth as in heaven." In every respect, she is an
anomaly, out of place in her world. At the start of this novel, she
moves into her own home, living alone for the first time
- Hyne, Charles John Cutcliffe Wright. Kate Meredith,
Financier. New York: The Authors and Newspapers Association,
1906. (Juv. 813.52 H997K) This peculiar piece of juvenile
literature is essentially a "boys" adventure story, filled with
shipboard adventures, pirates and exotic settings. However, the
narrative is spiced with accounts of courtship, and the entrance of
female characters who hold their own, both in battle and in
- Abbott, Jane. Aprilly. New York: Grosset & Dunlap,
1921. (E #19750) A girl desperate to leave Boston buys a train
ticket to Blossom, Maine, where she finds both independence and
- Speed, Nell. Molly Brown's College Friends. New York:
A. L. Burt Co., 1921. (E #19809) Molly Brown, first introduced in
Molly Brown of Kentucky (Perkins: 813.52 S742M), is attending
college. Though similar to earlier school-girl novels, Molly Brown
deals with the issues relevant to young women pursuing a college
- Hope, Laura Lee. The Blythe Girls: Helen, Margy and Rose;
or, Facing the Great World. New York: Grosset & Dunlap,
1925. (E 12mo #6233) The three Blythe girls live on their own in
New York City. Artistic Helen keeps their little flat, while Mary
works as a private secretary after attending business school.
Young, plain-spoken Rose takes what she calls a "job" in a
- Delmar, ViÃ±a. Bad Girl. New York: Harcourt, Brace and
Co., 1928. (E #20511) "It does not give an adequate conception of
Miss Delmar's novel to say that Dot lived in the Bronx and Eddie in
Harlem, that he worked in a radio shop and that she was a typist;
or that they met on a Sunday night excursion on the Hudson and
loved each other and married. The vital experiences of this young
couple and their friends and their emotional reactions are common
to thousands of adolescents who live in any one of our great
cities. It is a world strange to novel readers, in which the
movies, Chinese restaurants, and bare hallways provide the
background for love, and seduction the impulse to marry."
- Lawrence, Josephine. Glenna. New York: Cupples and Leon,1929.
(E #20325) Two orphaned girls make their way in the big city. Cordy
is a stenographer supporting her younger sister Glenna, but tragedy
strikes when Cordy is hit by a car and hospitalized for weeks.
- Lavell, Edith. Linda Carlton, Air Pilot. Akron, Ohio:
Saalfield, 1931. (E 12mo #6235)
- Lavell, Edith. Linda Carlton's Island Adventure.
Akron, Ohio : Saalfield, 1931.(E 12mo #6236) This 5 volume aviation
series was originally published by A.L. Burt, and reprinted by
Saalfield. Linda Carlton, an Ameila Earheart-type heroine, has one
of the more adventurous occupations to be found in girls'
literature. Another title, Linda Carlton's Ocean Flight can be
found in Perkins Juvenile Collection: 813.5 L399L
- Olds, Helen Diehl. Barbara Benton, Editor. New York:
Grosset & Dunlap, 1932. (E #19747) Nell Benton is the editor of
the El Tampa Leader, a small town newspaper. Her 16-year-old
daughter Babs follows in her mother's footsteps, writing a column
"Breezy Bits by Babs," and helping save the paper from being bought
by a chain that would fill the pages with syndicated news instead
of local stories. Her hard work is rewarded by being named
- Bugbee, Emma. Peggy Covers the News. New York, Dodd,
Mead & Co. 1936. (E #19899) This series is a subset of the
publisher's Career Book Series and ran 1936-1945. Peggy Foster is a
young journalist who travels the globe searching for the big scoop.
Check the online catalog for other titles in this series.
- Clayton, Barbara. Tomboy. New York, Funk &
Wagnalls, 1941.(E#20382)"Appropriately nicknamed Gabby, she is the
direct opposite of Adrian, her more serious, music-minded brother
and confidante. Gabby strongly resists her parents' efforts to
persuade her that she must give up her tomboyish ways and turn into
a proper young lady."
- Lambert, Janet. Candy Kane. New York: Grosset &
Dunlap, 1943. (E #20557)" Candy wasn't as pretty as her sister
Leigh, but she had a wistful little combination of something else
in her make-up that made people love her and trust her and want her
to be around." the Rubenstein Library has two other titles in this
series: Star Spangled Summer, (E #20558) and Whoa, Matilda! (E
- Snell, Roy J. Norma Kent of the WACS. Fighters for
freedom series. Racine, Wis.: Whitman Pub. Co., 1943. (E
- Snell, Roy J. Sally Scott of the WAVES. Fighters for
freedom series. Racine, Wis.: Whitman Pub. Co., 1943. (E #19810) A
product of the Second World War, this eight-book series by four
different authors consists of unrelated tales about brave young
women in the armed forces
- Faulkner, Georgene and John Becker. Melindy's Medal.
New York: J. Messner, [c1945]. (E #20089) This book deals with an
African-American girl who wins a medal for her bravery.
- Radford, Ruby L. Sylvia Sanders and the Tangled Web: the story
of a Girl's Struggle for a Radio Career. Racine: Whitman
Publishing, 1946. (E #19607) "A career in Chicago on the radio is
the ambition of Sylvia Sanders, a young girl from a small southern
town?. She solves the Mystery of Crow's Nest and achieves her
- Walden, Amelia Elizabeth. A Girl Called Hank. New
York: William Morrow and Co., 1951. (E #20621) When Henrietta is
born, her four older brothers are disappointed to not have another
boy to round out their basketball team. Luckily "Hank" is good at
- Hancock, Frances Dean. Beth Terry, Beauty Editor. New
York: Avalon Books, 1957. (E #20399) "There were two food editors
at Fashion World ? three fashion editors ? but there was only one
beauty editor-blue-eyed, black-haired, Beth Terry."
- Cone, Molly. The Trouble with Toby. Houghton Mifflin,
c1961. (E #19985) Toby just wants to fit in with the other high
school girls. The book deals with teenagers, social pressure and
conformity. On the front panel of the dust jacket, Toby sits
morosely on her bed next to her school books.
- Clayton, Barbara. Halfway Hannah. New York: Funk and
Wagnalls, 1964. (E #20377) "Shy, sensitive Hannah-Jo Hanson, a
motherless Southern girl, is desolate when her non-conformist
father accepts the chairmanship of the history department at a
little-known college in the small town of Alps Junction in
Vermont's ski country."
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