Enola Holmes from the Enola Holmes series by Nancy Springer: She's Sherlock's little sister and she manages to outwit him regularly and does awesome stuff for Victorian girls while she's at it.
Juli from Flipped by Wendelin Van Drannen: Juli's journey in this book is just so real and heartwarming in so many ways. I love her heart and courage.
Claudia from From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg: When you sit back and think about all the things Claudia accomplishes in this story, it is truly mind boggling. And every girl deserves the opportunity to imagine they are capable of getting away with something like this.
Bridge, Tab, and Emily from Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead: These girls are from my most recent MG read. There is, I suppose, a chance my current boundlessness of my love for them will diminish over time but I doubt it. They are fabulous new additions to the family of wonderful MG girls.
The Penderwick Sisters from The Penderwick series by Jeanne Birdsall: All four of them are equally amazing in all their different strengths and flaws.
The Gaither Sisters from the Gaither Sisters trilogy by Rita Williams Garcia: I love the way these three girls stick together and the way they fight too. Another story about very different girls tied together by blood who stand against hardships together.
Mai from Listen Slowly by Thanhha Lai: I love Mai in all of her snarky sarcastic hard to impress middle school glory.
Turtle Wexler from The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin: I really wish I had room for Turtle on my original top ten list because she is so amazing. Strong, smart, temperamental, and a terrible yet perfect sister and friend. She's the whole package.
Who are some MG heroines in realistic fiction that stand out for you?
Other editions of Favorite Heroines:
MG Speculative Fiction
YA Speculative Fiction