Who's The Cleverest And Most Resourceful Young Adult Book Hero?

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We don’t usually admire young-adult heroes for their brains. In fact, watching a young adventurer make mistakes can be part of the whole “growing up” storyline. But there’s also something to be said for a smart cookie. Who’s the smartest, most resourceful young-adult hero of them all?


Please include a picture, book cover, poster, book trailer, piece of artwork or other visual representation of your chosen young-adult hero. And please mention the name of the book (series), the author, and why this character is so smart and cunning. Thanks!

Top image: Meg Murry from A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, from a stage production by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Pic via Seattle Astronomy. Meg is not only a smart, inquisitive character—she’s also super resourceful and clever, figuring stuff out and rescuing her missing father. Thanks to everyone who answered my weird Twitter question about this last night!

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I’m just throwing this out there to get it out of the way.