Awesome: American Girls Collection

  • In Samantha's movie, Eddie gleefully gets her and Nellie in hot water for sleeping in the boathouse. They repay him by dumping his entire money jar into the church collection plate.
    • If the reader insert ends up working in a thread factory in Samantha's My Journey book, we see her standing up to the manager, who's locked them all in and refuses to give them breaks, and screaming "I quit!" before pushing past him and running.
    • Another Samantha example — in the mystery The Curse of Ravenscourt, Samantha and Nellie are about to be attacked when Cornelia appears out of nowhere and demands, "Get your hands off my daughters." The fact that Cornelia so plainly refers to the girls this way, even though it's not a biological relationship, doubles as a Heartwarming moment.
    • Nellie and later, Samantha, exposing the privileged residents of small town Mount Bedford to the atrocities of child labor in factories. For Nellie, it might have been traumatic and painful to bring up such memories just to educate her sheltered friend about the price of progress and cheaper thread.
    • How Cornelia manages to state her progressive views despite Grandmary's objections, she manages to state her views in a polite manner and later makes a speech about how Women's Suffrage is needed and it manages to convince Grandmary! Plus their relationship is far from Obnoxious In-Laws
    • Samantha, Agnes, and Agatha keeping the Admiral comfortable (he was injured while looking for them) and rowing back to Piney Point in a storm, in a rocky passage. The same passage and storm where Samantha's parents died 5 years earlier. Not bad for 3 10 year old girls.
    • Samantha helping Nellie and her sisters escape from the Orphanage of Fear.
    • Samantha's movie adds to this particular awesome moment. Cornelia reports Miss Frouchy's abuse of the girls to a friend and generous donor, who then gets Miss Frouchy removed from her job, partially for abuse and partially because she was misappropriating donations. Cornelia, Gard, and the donor also all stand up for Samantha when she is accused of stealing said funds herself.
    • Nellie finally telling off her Uncle for neglecting and abandoning her and her sisters, just to get him to sign the adoption papers.
  • Felicity Merriman can ride a spooky Thoroughbred mare bareback and bridleless. In skirts.
    • She also sneaks in the middle of the night (with Ben's help and his breeches) to save the same mare from it's abusive owner, Ben points out for her to be careful since the punishment for horse theft is hanging. A 9 year old girl , in 1774, wears breeches to save a horse despite the risk of getting caught and possibly killed. That is awesome.
    • She also manages to protect the injured Ben (despite him being a runaway to the Patriot Army), sneaking him food and bandages. Then when two bounty hunters come looking for him (and aren't afraid to get rough with him), she rides out during a storm to get Ben to just turn himself back in to her Dad. She also tells him how foolish he's being.
  • Kirsten faces down an angry mama bear to rescue her little brother.
    • In her mystery, after having been afraid of the wilderness and the animals for so long and just wanting to go back home, she flings meat at wolves that are chasing their cart, screaming, "Just leave us alone!".
    • Kirsten helping her, her father, and their horse through a snowstorm in "Kirsten's Surprise". She also leads them to a cave where she played with her friend Singing Bird. Her father is impressed about her forest know how
    • According to her brother Lars, Kirsten has a keen sense of what animals do and knows the forest.
  • Kaya throws sand in the eyes of a cougar to give her wounded friend time to escape. When that doesn't work, she punches it in the nose.
    • In a way, her making it back from her captivity, especially with a partially lame boy in tow, counts as this.
  • Addy's My Journey book has one for Reverend Drake. If Addy and the reader insert are captured by the slave-catcher who's mistaken them for the girls he was hired to find, the reverend bursts into their office to vouch for them and dares anyone in the building to stand against his claim. He knows full well that, if this weren't a kids' book with every ending guaranteed to be happy, there's a very high chance that he could be thrown out and laughed at even with solid proof, but he's not going to let this stand.
    • Addy chases after a thief (a taller girl) at the fair in "Addy Saves The Day", she manages to fight over the carpetbag and is soon found out to have several money boxes from other booths.
    • At the end of "Addy Learns A Lesson", she manages to spell a difficult word (one that even tripped up Know-Nothing Know-It-All and Academic Alpha Bitch Harriet) and win the class spelling bee. The same Addy that started the book not knowing how to read.
    • Addy and her Mothers' escape to Philadelphia in the first book counts, with Addy even being able to fool some Confederate soldiers into thinking she's their water boy (it was night and she was clad in boy's clothes).
    • Miss Caroline, a white Southern woman, is a conductor on the Underground Railroad and she makes it very clear she doesn't "cotton to those Confederates". She could've been considered a traitor, that is one righteous lady.
    • The elderly Auntie Lula's bringing herself and baby Esther to Philadelphia before she dies. She and her husband Benjamin, who lived their lives in slavery, have died free and away from the plantation they lived at.
  • In the film Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, when Kit, Ruthie and Stirling find the money and valuables stolen by Mr. Berk, Miss Bond and Frederich, the children hide from them in the camp of hobos they befriended earlier. Mr. Berk first lies about looking for his lost children, but even when he offers one hundred dollars in exchange for the kids, they refuse. Even while penniless and ostracized by society, the hobos were exactly who Kit said they were: Good, decent people.
  • Marie-Grace's father successfully bluffing the slave owner who came for the baby boy abandoned at the Gardners' front door, by claiming the baby was anything but in perfect health.
  • In Rebecca to the Rescue, Rebecca's cousin Ana disappears to ride the Ferris wheel and prove she isn't afraid of it. When the Ferris wheel breaks down and Ana gets stuck on it, Rebecca volunteers to climb a ladder much taller than she is to rescue Ana—and successfully does what grown firemen could not. Awesome indeed.
  • In Changes for Rebecca, Ana helps Rebecca see the harsh reality of working in a sweatshop. Rebecca makes it her mission to stand up for laborers' rights. Not only does she sneak out to join a picket line, but she gets up on a soapbox, makes a stirring speech, and is hit in the head with a rock for her trouble. This does not stop her crusade—she gives the rest of the speech while bleeding, and is later publicly honored for it.
  • Julie's efforts to win girls the chance to play on the all-boys' basketball team is pretty darn awesome, considering that she walked all over San Francisco to get petition signatures and also pieced the petition back together when the blowhard coach threw it in the trash.
  • Similarly, Julie's campaign for student body president is awesome in several ways:
    • She's gutsy enough to go up against the most popular guy in school, whose ideas such as Pizza Fridays are sure to win him tons of votes.
    • She's the first fifth-grader to run for the position.
    • She chooses her friend Joy as a VP even though many classmates make fun of Joy, doubting she can do the job because she is deaf.
  • Julie's friend Joy Jenner gets her own Crowning Moment of Awesome in Changes for Julie. During the book, a clique called The Water Fountain Girls makes fun of Joy, imitating her voice and mocking sign language. The class' Stern Teacher Ms. Duncan wants to give the girls detention, but Julie points out they will retaliate against Joy if they are forced to write sentences, which is the traditional detention task. Instead, Joy and Julie get the teacher's permission to give the girls sign language lessons in an effort to promote understanding of Joy and her disability. It works out so well that the girls sincerely apologize to Joy and request more "detention."
  • Kaya's mentor Swan Circling is a walking example of Crowning Moment of Awesome. Not only is she the only warrior woman in her band of the tribe, but she rides out in the dead of winter to get medicine for a sick baby and is killed when her horse slips in an icy creek.