Books with Strong Female Characters

  • Go Girl Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781760502553
    GGIR 8 years +
    8 years +
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    This refreshing, princess-free collection sees relatable female characters experiencing real-life situations including school, sports, friendship and family.

    In this series, Olivia worries about attending her very first sleepover, Annabelle is nervous about her birthday party, Sophie contends with juggling old and new friendships at camp and much, much more.

    With simple language and chapter structure, these are perfect for reluctant readers and deal with themes and scenarios that will be familiar to young readers.

    Format: paperback
  • What Katy Did Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780349010649 - Susan Coolidge
    WKTD 9 years +
    9 years +
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    Originally published in the late 1800s, the lively nature of the What Katy Did trilogy has inspired so many classic children's books - with Jacqueline Wilson stating it's one of her favourite stories.

    The original story introduces Katy Carr; a girl who has grand plans to be beautiful, graceful and ladylike - but all of that can wait. She's now happy to have tangled hair and to wear a torn dress. She's got a wild imagination and is always up to mischief. However, when she's involved a terrible accident, it takes a lot of courage - and patience - to keep her dreams alive.

    What Katy Did at School finds Kay and her sister Clover leaving for boarding school, but they're weighed down by worries that their father won't cope without them; and What Katy Did Next has Katy exploring the beautiful sights of Europe.

    Presented in a slipcase, these are beloved stories your children and you will both enjoy in equal measure.
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    Little Women is the warm and touching tale of the four March sisters: sensible Meg, tomboy Jo, shy Beth and fiery Amy and the trials they face struggling to make ends meet while their father is away from home. This classic tale is perfect for reading aloud to youngsters or ideal for confident young readers aged 9+ to tackle independently.

    Little Women is narrated by Jo, who is fiercely independent and desperate to become a writer, but she and her sisters' ambitions are frustrated by lack of money and a series of misfortunes.

    Absorbing and inspiring, Little Women is a must-read classic that is guaranteed to make you laugh and cry.
  • New Dork Diaries Collection - 12 Books - Collection - 9781471168642 - Rachel Renee Russell
    DKDI 9 years +
    9 years +
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    Meet Nikki Maxwell and prepare to read some truly a-dork-able stories with this 12-book collection of Dork Diaries stories by Rachel Renee Russell.

    Written in a fun-filled diary format, these books offer an insight into the life of the tween dork, Nikki. When she moves to a new school she decides it's the perfect time to leave her old lame ways behind - but things are never that simple.

    With fun sketches and doodles, the diary entries find Nikki opening up her heart as she battles with her arch-nemesis Mackenzie over her dreams of becoming a pop star and tackles the subject of love with hilariously dorky consequences.

    These books will be enjoyed by any child aged 9 or over who enjoys (or endures!) the sparklier side of tween life.
    Format: paperback
  • EAK2 9 years +
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    The Story of Tracy Beaker introduces Jacqueline Wilson's most popular character ever!

    10-year-old Tracy lives in a care home but frequently escapes from her annoying surroundings with the help of a vivid imagination.

    Accompanied by brilliant illustrations from Nick Sharratt, The Story of Tracy Beaker is essential reading for children from 9+.
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    Deliciously dark but also ghoulishly good, Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is a Costa Children's Book Award-winning and CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal-shortlisted novel from the Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell.

    Ada Goth lives unhappily with her father, Lord Goth, in the gigantic Ghastly-Gorm Hall. The Lord believes that children should be heard but not seen, so Ada is forced to wear clumpy boots so he can hear her coming... this makes it hard for her to make friends.

    When William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the Hall - along with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael - Ada is relieved to have some company and find her loneliness drifting away. But that's just the start, soon, the new friends find themselves unravelling a dastardly plot that the gamekeeper has planned...
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    Go on a journey high up into the Swiss Alps with Heidi, one of the most lovable characters in children's fiction and a long-time favourite with every member of the Red House team!

    When little Heidi goes to live with her grandfather in his lonely hut high up in the Alps, she loves her new life tending the goats and making new friends. But her strict aunt decides to send her away again to live in the town. Can Heidi manage to escape and return to the mountains and her happy life with her grandfather?

    This Puffin Classics edition features an introduction by Eva Ibbotson, further reading ideas, questions to consider and a gorgeous cover. Definitely one for every child's bookshelf!
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    Warm, moving, funny and totally fascinating, Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson is the perfect book for young readers aged 9 and over.

    It's London, 1876, and Hetty Feather is just a tiny baby when her mother leaves her at the Foundling Hospital. The Hospital cares for abandoned children - but Hetty must first live with a foster family until she is big enough to go to school. Life in the countryside is hard but with her 'brothers' Jem and Gideon, she helps in the fields and plays imaginary games. Together they sneak off to visit the travelling circus and Hetty is mesmerised by the show, especially Madame Adeline and her performing horses. But Hetty's happiness is threatened once more when she is returned to the Foundling Hospital. The new life of awful uniforms and terrible food is a struggle for her. But now she has the chance to find her real mother. Could she really be the wonderful Madame Adeline? Or will Hetty find the truth is even more surprising?

    Jacqueline Wilson will surprise and delight old fans and new with this utterly original take on a historical novel. Set in Victorian times and featuring a brand new feisty heroine, Hetty Feather, this is a Tracy Beaker-esque tale that will thrill young readers.
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    In Jacqueline Wilson's book, Sleepovers, five friends plan out themed sleepover parties for their birthdays. The only problem is that Daisy is new to the school and the gang of girls, and she's unsure about how the others will react when they meet her sister who has special needs. With her trademark tact and sensitivity, Jacqueline Wilson tackles the issue of disability and friendship with humour and warmth. This is a wonderful book that will strike a chord with a lot of girls and boys aged 7+.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
  • MTV2 9 years +
    Roald Dahl
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    From the genius mind of Roald Dahl, Matilda Wormwood is a heroine with a love of books and some truly magical powers. Her parents may call her terrible things all the time, but the truth is she's a very special little girl.

    Forming a special bond with her caring teacher Miss Honey, both her parents and the angry, spiteful headmistress Miss Trunchbull soon find out they were wrong to underestimate Matilda so much...

    In 1996, this magical book was adapted into a popular film directed by and starring Danny DeVito and it's also now an award-winning musical across the world. Complete with Quentin Blake's illustrations, Matilda is a timeless classic that will be returned to again and again.
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    In The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, award-winning author Joan Aiken has created a wild, imaginative adventure that follows the fortunes of cousins Bonnie and Sylvia who have been turned out of their home by a sinister governess.

    The novel is set in 1832 and England is plagued by droves of ravaging wolves. The cousins must get help, but their future looks grim...This is a nail-biting, suspense-filled adventure with witty and likeable heroines. Readers from 9+ will be gripped!
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    DC Comics Wonder Woman: Warrior for Justice! is part of DK's four-level reading scheme and follows the exciting adventures of DC's Wonder Woman. Packed with colourful comic book images and engaging facts that will capture kids' imagination, DK's DC Comics Wonder Woman: Warror for Justice! takes a close look at the character of Wonder Woman, her superpowers, friends and enemies. The mix of narrative spreads and genre spreads encourages children to access information from a range of sources and develop comprehension skills. DK Readers will help kids learn how to read - and learn to love reading.
  • EIM2 5 years +
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    Beautifully illustrated and adapted for a younger audience, this edition of professional ballerina Michaela DePrince's memoir, Hope in a Ballet Shoe, is sure to capture your heart. It tells her almost unbelievable life story with wit and candour.
  • EIH2 7 years +
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    Pippin thinks she's an ordinary girl but then she learns her Granny used to be a secret crime fighter... It turns out she has a gift, too. She's Shiny who can talk to animals.

    When animals start going missing, it's up to Pippin to catch the culprit. She ends up confronting kidnappers, evil scientists and potential diamond thieves. This is a quirky and funny read full of surprises. We think you'll enjoy it as much as the children!
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    Fans of Scarlet and Ivy will love devouring St Grizzle's School for Girls, Geeks and Tag-along Zombies.

    Dani introduces her best friend to so many of her new classmates from St Grizzle's but the realises mixing an old and new life is not that easy. Soon, there are mysterious disappearances and all sorts of spooky happenings...
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    The Maharaja Duleep Singh invites Fitzy's Travelling Circus to Whitby, to stay in the grounds of his marvellous castle there. While witnessing the lavish lifestyle of the Maharaja and his friends, Lizzie has a vision that someone is plotting to steal one of his famous precious jewels. Is it an outsider? Or is it one of the many guests at the castle? It is up to the Penny Gaff Gang to track down the thief, with the help of the fisher folk who live nearby. They tell Lizzie and her friends that there is more to the mystery than meets the eye, and warn the Gang of the ghost ship that lurks in the harbour...
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    Alf Proysen's Mrs Pepperpot is a resourceful character, but then this is important if you're liable to shrink to the size of a pepperpot at any moment! In Mrs Pepperpot Stories, readers will enjoy the gentle humour and ingenuity of our pint-sized heroine as she encounters a monstrous mousetrap, a crafty fox and a mountain of ice-cream! Readers from 5+ will be charmed by Mrs Pepperpot.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
  • EFH2 7 years +
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    Maia and her friends enjoy all kinds of magical adventures as they try to stop dark forces in this fantastic and fantastical read.

    When Maia's older sister starts acting strangely, the Star Animals are concerned and they soon discover her new pocket mirror is to blame. Can they use Star Magic to set things right.

    Similar in tone to Rainbow Magic and The Rescue Princesses, this is the ideal bridging gap between early readers and chapter books.
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    Jemma is a very sharp and intelligent 14-year old with cerebral palsy. When a murder takes place near her home, she works out who was the culprit. Unable to communicate or move, she's unable to tell anyone the truth...

    However, there might just be a way she can reveal all. This original, inspirational and thought-provoking thriller is perfect for fans of Wonder and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
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    Wonder Woman heads to another dimension to battle against Circe the sorceress. But when she thinks back to when she first left her homeland, she remembers just how important courage is.

    This superhero story is packed with action and also will teach children all about the concept of being brave. It's perfect for newly independent readers.
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    Goldilocks is a fearless Indiana Jones-esque explorer in this exciting book by Laurie. S. Sutton. She searches the world looking for hidden artefacts and forgotten treasures of ancient times.

    Eventually she comes across a crypt that happens to be home to three blood-sucking vampires. Will she be able to defeat them all? This is a rip-roaring adventure that will help children embrace the joys of reading and will even appeal to those who wouldn't normally pick up a book.
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    From Hypatia to Marie Curie, this book shines a spotlight on the inspiring women whose incredible scientific ideas changed the world. Covering women's scientific contributions, pioneers in the field, women in technology, engineers, and mathematical geniuses, DK Reader Women in Science introduces children to the names they need to know. Children can discover Nobel Prize winners such as Gerty Cori, healthcare heroes, and important discoveries in STEM. DK's innovative range of levelled readers combines a highly visual approach with non-fiction narratives that children will love reading. DK Reader Women in Science is a Level 3 reader, perfect for children beginning to read alone or ages 7-9. DK Reader Women in Science features inspiring facts for children about pioneering women in the lab, and a quiz to boost reading comprehension.
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    Anna Liza likes to help cheer up her mother's psychiatric patients with her 17 top knock-knock jokes and cheerful songs, but when she meets Edward, she hits a brick wall. Edward's dad is so sad since his mum left; he says his life isn't going anywhere any more. Anna Liza has a plan to get him on the move again, if only she can manage to evade her mother's attention long enough. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.
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    Valor is under arrest for the attempted murder of the crown prince. Her parents are outcasts from the royal court, her sister is banished for theft of a national treasure, and now Valor has been sentenced to life imprisonment at Demidova, a prison built from stone and ice. But that's exactly where she wants to be. For her sister was sent there too, and Valor embarks on an epic plan to break her out from the inside. No one has escaped from Demidova in over three hundred years, and if Valor is to succeed she will need all of her strength, courage and love. If the plan fails, she faces a chilling fate worse than any prison ... An unforgettable story of sisterhood, valour and rebellion, Prisoner of Ice and Snow will fire you up and melt your heart all at once. Perfect for fans of Katherine Rundell, Piers Torday and Cathryn Constable.