DC Super Hero Girls: Wonder Woman at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee

Teenage girls will find plenty to identify within this, the first in a new series of DC Super Hero stories with strong female leading characters. In an attempt to hone her superhero skills, Amazonian princess Wonder Woman enrols at Super Hero High School. But being the new girl isn’t easy, especially when you’re getting nasty notes from an anonymous sender, your roommate shares too much about you on social media and you’ve no experience with the opposite sex.

Northern Lights – The Graphic Novel Volume 1 by Philip Pullman

Fierce and fearless – Lyra Belacqua – the hero of Philip Pullman’s award-winning fantasy is a force to be reckoned with as she adventures into the frozen north to rescue her friend. This is the first of three graphic novels making up the book and is a visual treat, perfect for introducing the quick-witted and wily Lyra to any reluctant readers.

Seriously Sassy by Maggi Gibson

Wannabe singer/songwriter and saviour of the world Sassy Wilde has a lot on her plate. Between working on her demo disk and campaigning about the environment, she has to puzzle over boys, friendships and parents. A brilliant read for fans of Jaqueline Wilson, Sassy is a great hero for modern readers grappling with the same issues, while also showing that it’s cool to care.

Cream Buns and Crime by Robin Stevens

Set in the 1930s, school sleuths Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong run their own secret detective agency at Deepdean School for girls. This book brings new stories and mini-mysteries together with tips and facts for eagle-eyed investigators keen to crack their own cases.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery

Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert plan to adopt a boy to help run their farm, but instead, they get sent the story-loving, talkative Anne Shirley. Despite the mix-up, Anne charms the close-knit community and the quite-but-kind siblings who take her in. This classic story about a misfit who ends up thriving is a brilliant read for young readers, particularly those on the awkward cusp of teenage years.  

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

Nearly 20 years before Harry Potter, readers were entranced by another magical student: Mildred Hubble. Mildred is a trainee at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, where her clumsiness gets her into all sorts of trouble and adventures. Her loyalty, kind heart and friendships just about see her through. Now a CBBC show, this is the perfect time to introduce readers to this much-loved magical misfit.

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Thanks to her pale skin and hair, Alice is an odd bod in the world of Ferenwood where colour and magic combine. Despite her seeming lack of magic, Alice braves a journey into the frightening land of Furthermore in search of her beloved father. This is a darker twist on a fairy tale with a hero full of wit and courage – a slightly more grown-up version of her namesake, Alice in Wonderland.

Agent Amelia: Golden Case Files by Michael Broad

Move over James Bond! Here are six super stories about Agent Amelia’s secret world-saving exploits. Always on the lookout for anything suspicious and ready with a new invention and creative costume, Amelia improvises her way through each adventure in style. These are great first chapter books for any young readers.

Mabel Jones and the Doomsday Book by Will Mabbitt

The most recent instalment in Mabel Jones’ adventures sees our heroine go on a quest to the sinister city of Otam in order to uncover the Doomsday Book. Wacky and witty with lively illustrations, the brilliant wordplay and puns will delight young adventurers.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This classic coming-of-age novel with well-rounded female characters very much at its heart is a must-read for young girls. The story follows the lives of four very different sisters as they emerge from adolescence in a Post-Civil War America and learn to navigate the problems of adult life and gender roles in their own individual ways.

Death in the Spotlight by Robin Stevens

Intrepid investigators – and this time aspiring actors – Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells find themselves in the spotlight when a body is found at the Rue Theatre in London. As well as uncovering the mystery, Daisy has her own, very personal revelation; one that brings her and Hazel even closer together as friends. Budding detectives will love this whodunnit that celebrates female friendship and being true to yourself.

My Mum Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

Despite being all grown up, Tracy Beaker is just as feisty, bold, imaginative and big-hearted as ever! But now she is a mum to her very own mini-me, Jess. And life is good. Tracy and Jess make the ultimate team; they look out for each other and do everything together. But then Tracy and her super-rich and famous boyfriend Sean want to get married. Which means big changes in their family unit…

First Prize for the Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble! Our favourite worst witch has managed to make it to Year Four. And although she’s still disaster-prone, that hasn’t deterred Mildred Hubble from setting her sights on becoming Head Girl. An honour that has gone to her arch-enemy Ethel Hallow’s family for the last 200-years. Can Mildred stay out of trouble long enough and prove she’s worthy of the coveted position? 

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