Figs Take on Leadership Roles

The heroines of Groundwood Books’s Girls With Grit series have got grit, and so do Figs!

This week in the Got Grit? forum, we challenged Figs to take on a leadership role. Congratulations to Alex Knight, who gets a Girls With Grit prize pack with three books, and some eternal Fig glory! (You can check out two of the books here—we’ll be cycling through new titles every week for the next month.)

Here’s Alex Knight‘s response:

This past August, I came out of the closet. It was the most terrifying thing I have ever done. My family and friends gave me great reactions, and I’m really confident about my sexuality. This school year, I decided to join the Gay-Straight Alliance in hopes of getting more involved with the LGBTQ+ community. The club was huge, and I felt wonderful knowing that there were so many people out there who were like me or were supportive.

I heard there were applications for the club’s Leadership Committee. The Leadership Committee consists of two people from each grade who are passionate about the LGBTQ+ community, and who other people in the club can talk to about LGBTQ+ issues. When they asked who was interested, my hand shot up in the air, and I immediately filled out an application.

Yesterday, it was announced that I am a member of the Leadership Committee. I am so excited! I can’t believe that a year ago I was hiding in the closet, and now I am an out and proud leader of my school’s GSA.

Here are some more great ones:

Kiira said:

In my school choir, there are leaders and followers. The leaders sing loud and proud and know their music. The followers either know the music but sing softly, or sing badly and don’t know the music. I am a follower (quiet, but know the music) and I never thought of myself as special. Well the last two rehearsals I wasn’t a follower. [Click here and scroll down to see the rest of Kiira’s post.]

Fiona Plunkett said:

Okay, so, I hate amusement parks. Hate them. I can stand some smaller rides, but I’ve never liked them—not just the rides, but I don’t like the attitude, the feeling there. Of course, my sister has always wanted to go to a big giant amusement park thing, so we took the whole day off Saturday and drove to Santa Cruz, for the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. On the way, we stopped at a grocery store to load up on real food for the day. My whole family went in and we each went off in different directions. We do this whenever we stop at a store on the way to a farther destination—run into each other around the store and grab whatever we want. [Click here and scroll down to see the rest of Fiona’s post.]

Enter the Girls with Grit Contest for more chances to win Groundwood prizes, and be sure to visit the Got Grit? forum for this week’s challenge!


Girls with grit are fierce, independent, strong young women. They’re girls who face tough situations and sometimes don’t come out on top. They’re girls who work hard, who believe in themselves, and who try to follow their principles.

Groundwood Books’s Girls With Grit series is on Figment because each of these books is about a girl like you, or your sister, or your best friend. We’ll be featuring different books every week, so be sure to check the Figment Features page often!

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