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Life lessons of courage and empowerment through adventure stories (ever gotten sucked into a cloud while flying a paraglider? Good. You don’t want that), along with practical advice (find the North Star! Change a bike tire! Stand with confidence!), and bios of adventurous women and girls from around the world.


Caroline has been obsessed with adventure ever since she took a flashlight, her twin, and her dog and slept in a tent in the backyard. Since then she has crawled down hot, smoky hallways as a San Francisco firefighter. She has been on rafting expeditions to places like Borneo, Siberia, and Australia. She has flown Cessnas and paragliders. She currently flies a contraption that looks like a hang glider with a lawn mower attached underneath. She surfs, mountain bikes, and skis badly, but with enthusiasm. When she’s not out on a wild adventure, she’s writing books. Reach her at

Wendy is an illustrator whose work has appeared pretty much everywhere, except in the deep wilds of the Amazon and on the Himalayan peaks (but we’re working on that.) She is the author and illustrator of the best seller Meanwhile in San Francisco. Her work can be seen in many books, magazines and newspapers. When she’s not drawing, she is thinking about drawing, her cats, and drawing. Reach her at

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“The book of the year for daredevils,
doers, and dreamers of all ages.”

Cheryl Strayed, mom, age 52

“The Gutsy Girl teaches you how to do and
make interesting things and it encourages
everyone to be brave and have fun.”

Bobbi, cheryl’s daughter, 8 years old

“It was boss.”

Audrey Duane, 8 years old

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There are so many cool organizations that girls can join or follow!
Here are a few:

The Gutsy Girl Club

A place to share gutsy stories from around the world. 

Girls Leadership

Programs that teach girls the skills to know who they are, what they believe, and how to express it, empowering them to create change in the world.

The Tinkering School

Want to learn to build something? Workshops teach boys and girls to construct hang gliders, treehouses, and trains on tracks! Tinkering School promotes the use of tools to tackle real problems that teach kids confidence, resilience and real fun.


Empowering girls to go beyond their comfort zones and explore emotional, physical, and social activities through the outdoors!

Girls on the Run

Inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.

Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

An online community for young girls that encourages volunteerism, activism, and cultural curiosity.

Radical monarchs

Empowers young girls of color to step into their collective power, brilliance, and leadership to make the world a more radical place.