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!