1. Bridget from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brasheres
OK, it's so hard to pick between Bridget, Tibby, Lena, and Carmen, and everyone's favorite Sisterhood character depended on who they related to the most. But I really, really wanted to be Bridget. Outgoing and confident, she's a go-getter who follows her dreams.
2. Captain Holly Short from the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
Spunky and fierce, LED Captain Holly Short is one of the coolest characters in children's literature. Smart as a whip and the toughest of the tough, Holly also has an admirable amount of empathy. Plus, who wouldn't want to work for the fairy police?
3. Alex Rider from the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz
After reading Stormbreaker, I wanted to be a teenage super secret agent like Alex Rider, with his cool gadgets and his ability to skirt under the radar.
4. Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot
Even though Mia's family life is crazy at time and her princess lessons could be painful, I'd switch places with her in a heartbeat.
5. Annabeth from the Percy Jackson And The Olympians series by Rick Riordan
A demi-god and aspiring architect, Annabeth is one cool girl. She's got the run of the secret world of the gods, a life full of adventure, and two amazing friends, Percy and Gordon.
6. Kel from the Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce
We mostly wanted to be Kel because she was a knight in training. Despite all the B.S. they throw at her (as the first girl to legally become a knight), she rises to the challenge and proves herself to be an incredible warrior.
7. Ani from The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
OK, being a victim of a mutiny would be awful, but the ability to talk to animals is every young kid's ultimate fantasy. Ani uses her powers to find her way home, which made her even cooler in my elementary school-kid eyes.
8. Natalie from The School Story by Andrew Clements
OK, having your novel published as a kid was the dream. At least, in my nerdy little world it was. Plus, Natalie got to live in NYC, which made me double envious of her.
9. Maggie from Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Even know, we all hope desperately that we could make fictional characters come to life. Even with all the mayhem it causes, who wouldn't be jealous of Maggie and her special powers?
10. Any character in a Sarah Dessen novel.
From Just Listen to Someone Like You, we've spent this decade (and more) swooning over Sarah Dessen's novels. We'd gladly take the romance and adventure of any of them!
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