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Once Upon A River
Once Upon A River A Novel By Campbell, Bonnie Jo Book - 2011 FICTION CAMPBELL 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Sixteen-year-old Margo Crane is a beauty whose unflinching gaze and uncanny ability with a rifle have not made her life any easier. After the violent death of her father, in which she is complicit, Margo takes to the Stark River in her boat, with only a few supplies and a biography of Annie Oakley, in search of her vanished mother.

Winter's Bone
Winter's Bone A Novel By Woodrell, Daniel Book - 2007 FICTION WOODRELL 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:Reaching her sixteenth year in the harsh Ozarks while caring for her poverty-stricken family, Ree Dolly learns that they will lose their house unless her bail-skipping father can be found and made to appear at an upcoming court date.

The Outlander
The Outlander A Novel By Adamson, Gil Book - 2008 FICTION ADAMSON All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:In 1903 a mysterious young woman flees alone across the West, one heart-pounding step ahead of the law. At nineteen, Mary Boulton has just become a widow-and her husband's killer. As bloodhounds track her frantic race toward the mountains, she is tormented by mad visions and by the knowledge that her two ruthless brothers-in-law are in pursuit, determined to avenge their younger brother's death.

The Hearts of Horses
The Hearts of Horses By Gloss, Molly Book - 2007 FICTION GLOSS All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 on 12 copies

Annotation:In the winter of 1917, nineteen-year-old Martha Lessen saddles her horses and heads for a remote county in eastern Oregon, looking for work "gentling" wild horses. She chances on a rancher, George Bliss, who is willing to hire her on. Many of his regular hands are off fighting the war, and he glimpses, beneath her showy rodeo garb, a shy but strong-willed girl with a serious knowledge of horses.

Caprice A Novel By Bowering, George Book - 1987 FICTION BOWERING Available in some locations

Annotation:In this spoof of a typical Western, a school marm with a mean whip-hand sets out to avenge the murder of her brother.

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For years, Charles Portis's book True Grit was a rare novel that portrayed a girl who took matters into her own hands. Now there are a wealth of titles about strong women facing harsh challenges. Here are a few of my favorites.

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