Arrow" by Mary Houlgate. Ayasha has no talent for women's work, such
as making nets or rope, and her sister Abequa never lets her forget it.
Ayasha is good with a bow and arrow, but she has to practice in secret
because the women of her Anishinabe tribe are forbidden to hunt or use weapons.
One day her two little brothers become trapped in a tall tree. It's up to
Ayasha to figure out how to rescue them, using Abequa's rope and her own
bow and arrow.
13 to the Rescue" by Penny Warner. This year the girls of Troop 13
are sure they will beat their rivals of Troop 7 in the rapelling contest.
After all, Jonnie has been practicing extra hard. And when the contest
begins, Jonnie takes the lead! Then something happens to another girl's
rope and the rest of Troop 13 watches as Jonnie stops too, while Tiffany
of Troop 7 finishes first.
are just two of the adventures to read in Girls to the Rescue, Book
#7. You will also meet Kimberly who has to land a plane when the pilot
is knocked unconscious, and Taneya who saves a family of gorillas from
poachers, and Angelita who saves her little brother and herself from a
wildfire. There are eight stories in all, about eight girls whose cleverness
and bravery carries them through tricky, unpleasant, or outright dangerous
1995 editor Bruce Lansky published the first Girls to the Rescue,
an anthology featuring girls not just as protagonists of their stories,
but as heroes. Readers reacted so positively that the series has continued
to expand, and Girls to the Rescue, Book #7 is the most recent.
be sure, the content has evolved somewhat from the series's beginnings.
In the first books the stories tended to be adapted folk and fairy tales.
The later volumes, including Book #7, are more likely to present
their characters as real girls in real life situations. The stories take
place in both the present and the past; some, such as "On the Way to Broken
Bow" and "The Treasure beneath the Hay," are even inspired by true events.
What has never changed is the girls' wits, courage, and determination.
each story is a good read: entertaining and engaging, sometimes heartwarming,
sometimes funny. It almost seems amazing that authors are able to keep
coming up with new ways for the young heroes to prevail. That said, however,
there is an unfortunate sameness to the stories here, especially following
the previous six volumes. Still, any one of the books is worth reading
(bookstores tend to hide them in the "short fiction" or anthology sections),
and Girls to the Rescue, Book #7 is no exception.
Girls to the Rescue series:
- Girls to the Rescue, Book #1. Meadowbrook Press, 1995
- Girls to the Rescue, Book #2. Meadowbrook Press, 1996
- Girls to the Rescue, Book #3. Meadowbrook Press, 1997
- Girls to the Rescue, Book #4. Meadowbrook Press, 1998
- Girls to the Rescue, Book #5. Meadowbrook Press, 1998
- Girls to the Rescue, Book #6. Meadowbrook Press, 1999
- Girls to the Rescue, Book #7. Meadowbrook Press, 2000
by Wendy Morris. © 2001
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