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Books with Strong Female Characters

  • StarChaser

    Angie Sage

    Product Code: BMD2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Return to the world of TodHunter Moon for her next adventure! The third book in the blockbuster fantasy series from number one bestselling author Angie Sage. Alice TodHunter Moon, known as Tod, had thought everything could go back to normal now that they had thwarted the plans of the evil sorcerer, Oraton-Marr, and saved the last ever Orm Egg. She was looking forward to settling back into her life at the Wizard Tower and learning all the Magyk she could. But what no one realised was that without the Orm Egg safely embedded in the heart of the Magykal Ways, all the Magyk in the world would begin to fade. Can Tod find a way to reverse the destruction? Could the mysterious StarChaser spell be the key? Or will the Magyk be lost forever? A stunning conclusion to this enchanting trilogy, Angie Sage's latest adventure combines wondrous storytelling, breathtaking action and a heroine like no other.
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  • The Hunger Games

    Suzanne Collins

    Product Code: ADGHR
    Paperback 13 years +
    (2)
    This title is first in the ground-breaking "Hunger Games" trilogy. Set in a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed. When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her younger sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
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  • Katy

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: ASYWR
    Paperback 9 years +
    (1)
    Katy Carr is a lively, daredevil oldest sister in a big family. She loves messing around outdoors, climbing on the garage roof, or up a tree, cycling, skateboarding, swinging...But her life changes in dramatic and unexpected ways after a serious accident. Inspired by the classic novel, What Katy Did, Jacqueline Wilson creates an irresistible modern version for the twenty-first-century. This title is suitable for fans of Hetty Feather and Tracy Beaker will fall in love with Katy and her family too.
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  • The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two

    Philip Pullman

    Product Code: BVTRQ
    Hardback 12 years +
    It is twenty years since the events of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One unfolded and saw the baby Lyra Belacqua begin her life-changing journey. It is seven years since readers left Lyra and the love of her young life, Will Parry, on a park bench in Oxford's Botanic Gardens at the end of the ground-breaking, bestselling His Dark Materials sequence. Now, in The Secret Commonwealth, we meet Lyra Silvertongue. And she is no longer a child . . . The second volume of Sir Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed. Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right. Theirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary, and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford, across Europe and into Asia, in search for what is lost - a city haunted by daemons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust.
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  • Do You Know Pippi Longstocking?

    Astrid Lindgren

    Product Code: AMLTL
    Paperback 5 years +
    When Pippi Longstocking moves in next door to Tommy and Annika they are completely amazed by their new playmate. Pippi is cheeky, courageous and completely unpredictable. She lives alone with a monkey, a horse, and no rules whatsoever! Everything is fun with Pippi around! In this story she performs at the circus, uses her super strength to stop two robbers, and throws an unusual birthday party. This charming heritage edition is the perfect introduction to Pippi. The story is published in its original picture book form, with classic illustrations that bring Pippi and all the mayhem she causes to life.
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  • Inkheart

    Cornelia Funke

    Product Code: ACKKN
    Paperback 8 years +
    Meggie loves stories, but her father, Mo, hasn't read to her since her mother disappeared.

    When a stranger knocks at their door, Mo is forced to reveal an extraordinary secret - when he reads aloud, words come alive, and dangerous characters step out of the pages.

    Suddenly Meggie is living the kind of adventure she has only read about in books.

    Cornelia Funke's Inkheart is a magical story for fans of Harry Potter. It was adapted into a 2009 film starring Brendan Fraser.
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  • Usborne Illustrated Classics

    Product Code: AKWZX
    Hardback 7 years +
    A collection of six timeless, classic stories: The Story of Heidi, Little Women, The Railway Children, Black Beauty, The Secret Garden and The Wizard of Oz.
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  • Little House on the Prairie

    Laura Ingalls Wilder

    Product Code: AITVB
    Paperback
    Classic tales by Laura Ingalls Wilder about life on the frontier and America's best-loved pioneer family. The sun-kissed prairie stretches out around the Ingalls family, smiling its welcome after their long, hard journey across America. But looks can be deceiving and they soon find that they must share the land with wild bears and Indians. Will there be enough land for all of them? The timeless stories that inspired a TV series can now be read by a new generation of children. Little House on the Prairie is the sequel to Little House in the Big Woods and the prequel to On the Banks of Plum Creek.
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  • Northern Lights

    Philip Pullman

    Product Code: ABKNI
    Paperback 12 years +
    (2)
    Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world...
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  • The Princess in Black

    Shannon Hale

    Product Code: BGKZT
    Paperback
    Who says princesses can't wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black.The first in a funny, action-packed series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black! Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when... Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret - she's also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! A rollicking read from the award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham.
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  • Pippi Longstocking in the South Seas

    Astrid Lindgren

    Product Code: AMKHC
    Paperback 7 years +
    Pippi Longstocking is one of the most popular children's characters of all time and is still much loved by millions of children today. This anniversary edition of Pippi Longstocking in the South Seas will introduce Pippi and her adventurous spirit to a whole new generation of readers. Nine year old Pippi is an unusual and unpredictable character, she lives alone with a monkey, a horse, and no rules whatsoever! Every day is a crazy adventure with Pippi, but what else would you expect from the daughter of a swashbuckling pirate captain?! In this collection of stories Pippi and her friends, Tommy and Annika set sail for the Canny Canny Islands, where Pippi's father is king. They explore secret caves, and play marbles with real pearls. Luckily the pirates and sharks they meet are no match for Pippi Longstocking!
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  • Malala's Magic Pencil

    Malala Yousafzai

    Product Code: BKLCP
    Hardback 3 years +
    As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil that she could use to redraw reality. She would use it to give gifts to her family, to erase the smell from the rubbish dump near her house, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. As she grew older, Malala wished for bigger and bigger things. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true. This beautifully illustrated picture book tells Malala's story, in her own words, for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed her to hold on to hope and to make her voice heard even in the most difficult of times.
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  • You're Amazing, Anna Hibiscus!

    Atinuke

    Product Code: ASONS
    Paperback
    Anna Hibiscus is worried: her twin brothers, Double and Trouble, have boundless energy. They won't stop climbing and they can't keep out of trouble! Meanwhile Grandfather is tired and can't stay awake. In the final book of this wonderfully charming series, Anna Hibiscus proves just how amazing she is.
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  • Go Well, Anna Hibiscus!

    Atinuke

    Product Code: AJLGT
    Paperback
    Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa, amazing Africa. Anna is amazing too! Anna Hibiscus and her family are going to the village with Grandfather. They travel by bus through mangrove swamp and rainforest, through scrubland and rivers, over hills and mountains. When they arrive, everyone stays in Anna's family house, which first belonged to her great-grandmother and great-grandfather. Little has changed since then: there is no running water, no electricity, no road and no signal. But Anna Hibiscus' life is about to change in many ways: cousin Joy is going to get married, and Grandfather - Grandfather talks about staying in the village! This is the sixth book in this charming series about a much-loved character all children will relate to. Anna Hibiscus titles have been shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and have won the Boston Horn Book Award, the Cybils Award, a Gryphon Honor and listed as a Time Out New York Best 50 Children's Books Ever. This is the sixth book in this charming young illustrated fiction series about the loveable Anna Hibiscus.
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  • Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony

    Chris Riddell

    Product Code: BHCLC
    Hardback
    There are musical goings-on at Ghastly-Gorm Hall and another spooky mystery for Ada Goth to solve in the fourth book in the Goth Girl series by Chris Riddell, Children's Laureate 2015-2017. Lord Goth is throwing a music festival at Ghastly-Gorm Hall, with performances from the finest composers in the land. Ada can't wait, but it's quite distracting when her grandmother is trying to find her father a fashionable new wife, there's a faun living in her wardrobe and Maltravers is up to his old tricks. Ada must make sure everything goes to plan, and luckily help is at hand from a very interesting house guest ...
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  • Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright

    Chris Riddell

    Product Code: APDSP
    Hardback
    People are flocking to Ghastly-Gorm Hall from far and wide to compete in Lord Goth's Literary Dog Show. The esteemed judges are in place and the contestants are all ready to win. Sir Walter Splott is preparing his Lanarkshire Lurcher, Plain Austen is preening her Hampshire Hound and Homily Dickinson and her Yankee Poodle are raring to go. But there's something strange going on at Ghastly-Gorm - mysterious footprints, howls in the night and some suspiciously chewed shoes. Can Ada, the Attic Club and their new friends the Vicarage sisters work out what's going on before the next full moon? The third book in the Goth Girl series.
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  • Opal Plumstead

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: ANMCP
    Paperback 9 years +
    Opal Plumstead might be plain, but she has always been fiercely intelligent. Yet her scholarship and dreams of university are snatched away when her father is sent to prison, and fourteen-year-old Opal must start work at the Fairy Glen sweet factory to support her family. Opal struggles to get along with the other workers, who think her snobby and stuck-up. But Opal idolises Mrs Roberts, the factory's beautiful, dignified owner, who introduces Opal to the legendary Mrs Pankhurst and her fellow Suffragettes. And when Opal meets Morgan - Mrs Roberts' handsome son, and the heir to Fairy Glen - she believes she has found her soulmate. But the First World War is about to begin, and will change Opal's life for ever. The brilliantly gripping new story from the bestselling, award-winning Jacqueline Wilson.
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  • Love from Anna Hibiscus

    Atinuke

    Product Code: AMXOV
    Paperback
    Anna Hibiscus is on holiday with Grandmother and Grandfather in the village where they were born. She befriends the local children there and teaches them their ABC and 123. When Anna goes to market one day and a boy steals a banana from her, she runs after him. It turns out that the boy is poor; he lives alone. Anna and Sunny Belafonte become friends and when Sunny takes ill, it is Anna who makes sure he gets the medical help he needs. Happily, Grandfather invites Sunny Belafonte to come and live with them, and be part of their family.
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  • The Luck Uglies

    Paul Durham

    Product Code: AKHPJ
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    Luck Uglies was a name whispered around the docks and darkest taverns, places the law dare not tread...Rye has grown up hearing the legend of the Luck Uglies - notorious deadly outlaws who once stalked the streets. Now they have faded to ghosts and rumours and Rye isn't sure they ever existed. Then on the night of the Black Moon, a mysterious stranger known only as Harmless, steps from the shadows to save Rye's life and Rye learns that sometimes it takes a villain to save you from the monsters...Enter a thrilling world of secrets and fantastical adventure from a phenomenal new writing talent.
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  • Girls, Goddesses and Giants

    Lari Don

    Product Code: APXJB
    Hardback 7 years +
    A selection of brilliant folk tales about heroines from all around the world. In these stories it's the girls who save the day through their courage, cunning or kindness - whether they are facing up to wolves, demons, dragons, enemy tribes, or the sun itself! Handsome princes need not apply - these girls are doing it for themselves. Stories from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe make this a really inclusive anthology of girl power, stunningly illustrated in papercut style.
  • Welcome Home, Anna Hibiscus!

    Atinuke

    Product Code: AELQW
    Paperback
    Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa. Anna Hibiscus is back home after visiting her grandma in Canada. But it seems that so much has changed while she was away! Double and Trouble have learned to run and Grandad seems to have grown older. One of the chickens has laid its eggs and eventually they hatch - all except one, which Anna looks after. Finally one morning that egg hatches too and a white ball of fluff appears. Anna names her chick Snow White, and the two are inseparable. But Snow White wreaks havoc wherever she goes, and Anna has a hard time keeping her out of trouble. Anna also has a surprise visitor - someone from Canada has come all that way to see her! This is the fifth book in a delightful series about the irrepressible Anna Hibiscus!
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  • Zita the Spacegirl

    Ben Hatke

    Product Code: BENLX
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    A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Zita's life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of an eye. When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero. Before long, aliens in all shapes and sizes don't even phase her. Neither do ancient prophecies, doomed planets, or even a friendly con man who takes a mysterious interest in Zita's quest. Zita the Spacegirl is a fun, captivating tale of friendship and redemption from Flight veteran Ben Hatke. It also has more whimsical, eye-catching, Miyazaki-esque monsters than you can shake a stick at.
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  • Madeline in London

    Ludwig Bemelmans

    Product Code: AAJME
    Paperback 4 years +
    'In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines...' Pepito lives next door to Madeline and her friends. When he moves to London, he pines for the twelve little girls terribly. So Miss Clavel and her charges pay him a visit in London...and come home with a new friend! This title features the small but feisty heroine, Madeline, and her charming Parisian world.
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  • Princess Smartypants

    Babette Cole

    Product Code: ADBOK
    Paperback 3 years +
    Princess Smartypants does not want to get married. She enjoys being a Ms. But being a rich and pretty princess means that all the princes want her to be their Mrs. Find out how Princess Smartypants fights to preserve her independence in this hilarious fairy-tale-with-a-difference. 'Babette Cole is ...funny, unrestricted and totally unforgettable' - "Independent on Sunday".
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