Age 0-3

Any book in the "My First Little People, Big Dreams" series, Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara

Little People, BIG DREAMS is a bestselling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. Many of the books are now available in “My First” simpler board book versions - perfect to read out loud with younger children.

 

How To Hide A Lion, Helen Stephens

How does a very small girl hide a very large lion? It's not easy, but Iris has to do her best, because mums and dads can be funny about having a lion in the house. Luckily, there are lots of good places to hide a lion - behind the shower curtain, in your bed, and even up a tree. But can Iris hide her lion forever?

 

Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? Carmela Coyle

Every inquisitive little girl wonders what it is really like to be a genuine princess. At the heart of this story lives an energetic, spirited, and contemporary child who has lots of important questions for her mother. This heart-warming book offers a gentle lesson about self-acceptance, and will inspire children to follow their dreams and leave their own mark on the world.

 

The Worst Princess, Anna Kemp

Find out how the feisty princess escapes the clutches of her twit of a prince in this funny, feminist twist on the traditional princess tale. Forget about pretty dresses, fairytale weddings and grand balls, Princess Sue is all about adventure, mischief and making unusual friends. She really is the worst princess!

 

Rhinos Don't Eat Pancakes, Anna Kemp

Daisy's mum and dad are always too busy to listen to a word that she says, so when, one day, she tells them that a big purple rhino has just walked into the house and taken a chomp of her pancake, guess what? That's right - nobody listens! But there's a surprise in store for Mum and Dad when they discover that a big purple rhino has gone missing from the zoo. Perhaps they should have taken more notice of what Daisy had to say.

 

Princess Smartypants series, Babette Cole

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.

 

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink, Jane Yolen and Heidi Yolen Stemple

Not all princesses dress in pink. Some play in bright red socks that stink, blue team jerseys that don't quite fit,accessorized with a baseball mitt, and a sparkly crown! Not every girl has a passion for pink, but all young ladies will love this empowering affirmation of their importance and unlimited potential.

 

You can't eat a princess, Gillian Rogerson

When King Cupcake is captured by hungry aliens, it's up to his feisty daughter, Princess Spaghetti, to save him! So she blasts off into space to show those naughty aliens who's boss. But how can she stop them from having the king for dinner? Only by introducing them to something even tastier than people: chocolate!

 

Mia and the Rocket Ship Tree, Boaz Gavish

Follow Mia and her robot Koala as they embark on their imaginative space adventure

 

The Mermaid And The Shoe, Keith Campbell

Award-winning author and illustrator K. G. Campbell beautifully captures the watery world of his mermaids with soft blues and greys, long hair rippling in the currents and lots of bubbles. 

 

Katie series, James Mayhew

Come on a magical tour with Katie and discover London's most famous sights! When Katie and her brother Jack visit London with Grandma, something very unexpected happens . . . One of the Trafalgar Square lions comes to life and takes them on a wonderful tour of all the best sights! Including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Big Ben and the London Eye.

The Girls, Lauren Ace

Four little girls meet under an apple tree and form a bond that grows as they share secrets, dreams, worries and schemes. This beautifully illustrated tale charts the girls' lives through ups and downs and laughter and tears. Find out how their friendship flourishes as the years pass by and the girls become women.

Age 3-5

Mae Among the Stars, Roda Ahmed and Stasia Burrington *New*
A beautiful picture book for sharing and marking special occasions such as graduation, inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison.

Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice, Nikki Grimes and Laura Freeman *New*
Discover the incredible story of a young daughter of immigrants who would grow up to be the first woman, first Black person, and first South Asian American ever elected Vice President of the United States in this moving picture book biography of Kamala Harris.

 

Any book in the "Little People, Big Dream" series, Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara

Little People, BIG DREAMS is a bestselling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.

The Paperbag Princess, Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko

When the fiercest dragon in the whole world smashes Princess Elizabeth’s castle, burns all her clothes, and captures her fiancé, Prince Ronald, Elizabeth takes matters into her own hands. With her wits alone and nothing but a paper bag to wear, the princess challenges the dragon to show his strength in the hopes of saving the prince. But is it worth all that trouble?

 

Me, Jane, Patrick McDonnell

A thoughtful and creative picture book which tells the story of Jane Goodall, and how she came to be the world's foremost primatologist.

 

Pearl Power series, Mel Elliott

Pearl Power is a feisty five-year-old who believes very strongly in girl and boy equality. Her first adventure sees her moving house and changing school whilst remaining clever, strong and kind. Upon meeting one boy who seems to think that boys are better than girls, she teaches him a lesson in girl power, as well as in kindness. The story is written in rhymes throughout to enhance rhythm and enjoyment for the reader as well as making it easier to develop reading skills for the listener.

 

The Princess and the Pony, Kate Beaton

Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A BIG horse. A STRONG horse. A horse fit for a WARRIOR PRINCESS! But when the day arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dream... From the artist behind the comic phenomenon Hark! A Vagrant, The Princess and the Pony is a laugh-out-loud story of brave warriors, big surprises, and falling in love with one unforgettable little pony.

 

Rosie Revere Engineer, Andrea Beaty

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her Great, Great Aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal--to fly--Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt's dream come true. Her invention complete, Rosie attempts a test flight--but after a moment, the machine crashes to the ground. Discouraged, Rosie deems the invention a failure, but Aunt Rose insists that on the contrary, it was a raging success. You can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit. Reassured, Rosie returns to her engineering and inspires her classmates to join in the fun.

 

Ada Twist, Scientist, Andrea Beaty

Like her classmates Iggy and Rosie, Ada has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? She embarks on fact-finding missions and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. But, this time, her experiments lead to trouble.

 

Eva the Adventurer, Elly Gedye

Eva is a bright, determined girl with a bountiful imagination. She fills each day with adventures, squeezing in as much as she can before bedtime. A trip to the moon, cure a rare disease, drive a train? Absolutely.

 

Little Feminist Book Set (Artists, Pioneers, Leaders, Activists), Emily Kleinman, Lydia Ortiz

The Little Feminist Board Book set comprises of four books – Artists, Pioneers, Leaders and Activists – with each one featuring colourful illustrated portraits of real women who have made a historical impact on the world. With simple sentences these books introduce young children to these important women.

 

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed History, Kate Pankhurst

Travel through the Underground Railroad with the brave and courageous Harriet Tubman, turn the pages of the hauntingly brilliant Frankenstein with the incredibly talented Mary Shelley and prepare yourself for an unforgettable journey through history with these and many other remarkable women. Overflowing with vibrant and beautiful illustrations, and wonderfully engaging text, Fantastically Great Women Who Made History is a celebration of just some of the inspirational women who put their mark on the world we live in. Written by the incredibly talented Kate Pankhurst, prepare to be inspired.

 

Daisy’s Books, Kes Grey

The trouble with life is it's SOOOOOOOOO unfair. Daisy's been grounded. No HOPPING or SKIPPING, FLYING or PARACHUTING. She's lucky she's even been allowed out of her bedroom after what she's done. But what HAS she done that is SOOOOOOOOOOO naughty? You'll have to read the book to find out!

 

Ara the Star Engineer, Komal Singh

This is a STEM book and more! An inspiring, inclusive, whimsical way to learn about computers and technology from real-life trailblazers. Ara is a young girl who loves BIG numbers. She wants to count all the stars in the sky… but how? This is an upbeat adventure of Ara and her sidekick droid, DeeDee (“Beep!”). They use smarts and grit to solve a BIG problem and discover an amazing algorithm! 

 

Zoey and Sassafras (book series), Asia Citro

Each story in the Zoey and Sassafras series features a new magical animal with a problem that must be solved using science. Sometimes Zoey needs to run experiments, while other times she needs to investigate a mystery, and yet other times she needs to do research. Zoey models how to keep a science journal through her handwritten entries in each story. Each story is complete with a glossary of the kid-friendly definitions for scientific terms used.

Anna Hibiscus, Atinuke

A collection of four linked stories of family life set in modern west Africa. Anna Hibiscus lives in amazing Africa with her mother, her father, her baby twin brothers, and lots and lots of her family. Join her as she splashes in the sea, prepares for a party, sells oranges, and hopes to see sweet, sweet snow!

Rapunzel, Bethan Woollvin

Rapunzel is kept trapped in her lofty tower by a wicked witch, who lops off locks of her beautiful hair and sells them for her own profit. Can Rapunzel ever figure out a way to escape? This bold and funny story removes the handsome prince altogether, making Rapunzel the mistress of her own destiny.

Little Red, Bethan Woollvin

Little Red Riding Hood meets a wolf on her way through the woods to visit her grandmother. The wolf hatches a dastardly plan, gobbles up Grandma and lies in wait. But this Little Red Riding Hood has a plan of her own. In this defiant interpretation of the traditional tale, the cheeky, brave little girl seizes control of her own story.

Billy and the Beast, Nadia Shireen

This story of Billy’s quick thinking and resourcefulness is a gentle reminder for children that we all have the power to change our environment and stand up for our loved ones. It’s delightful to see a picture book feature a brown-skinned girl protagonist outwitting the rather stupid Beast.

 

Age 5-7

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Elena Favili, Francesca Cavallo

What if the princess didn't marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama.

 

Greetings from Somewhere series, Harper Paris

An Early Reader featuring twin brother and sister, and parents in a role-reversal, travelling the world and solving mysteries. Not the best books in the world, but at the right age and stage our pair loved them.

 

Mango & Bambang series, Polly Faber

A charming collection of four beautifully illustrated stories about the unlikely friendship between Mango, a little girl, and Bambang, an Asian tapir. Mango Allsorts is good at all sorts of things, not just karate and chess. Bambang is most definitely not-a-pig and is now lost in a very busy city. When the two unexpectedly meet, a friendship begins, filled with adventures, and of course, plenty of banana pancakes. The Not-a-Pig is Book One in a brilliant series from Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy.

 

Pippi Longstocking series, Astrid Lindgren

In this story Pippi and her friends, Tommy and Annika, have the best time together - going to the circus, buying ALL the sweets in the sweet shop and getting shipwrecked for the weekend. But when Pippi's long-lost father comes to visit, will Pippi sail away to sea with him and leave Tommy and Annika behind?

 

The Princess in Black series, Shannon Hale

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.

 

She Persisted:13 American Women Who Changed the World, Chelsea Clinton

An introduction to diverse, accomplished group of American women; Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Clara Lemlich, etc

 

Emily Brown series, Cressida Cowell

A stunning reissue of this classic picture book. When the Queen steals Emily Brown's favourite toy and erstwhile companion, a toy rabbit called Stanley, Emily sets out to get him back and teach that naughty queen a valuable lesson!

 

Lotta on Troublemaker Street, Astrid Lindgren

Little Lotta has Big troubles. Poor Lotta is having a very bad day. First, she wakes up mad because in her dream her older brother and sister were mean to her. Then, Mother expects her to wear a sweater that "scratches and tickles." Madder than ever, Lotta decides to run away and find a new place to live. After all, everyone at her house is mean, so she won't miss her family at all -- will she?

 

Ottoline series, Chris Riddell

Introducing Miss Ottoline Brown, an exceptionally inquisitive Mistress of Disguise, and her partner in crime, Mr. Munroe. No puzzle is ever too tricky for the two of them to solve . . .

 

The Wild Washerwomen, John Yeoman and Quentin Blake

Once upon a time there were seven unhappy washerwomen. They had far too much washing to do and the owner of the laundry, Mr Balthazar Tight, was simply dreadful! So they decide to go on strike. They are so happy with their newfound freedom that it seems nobody can control them. Until along come seven woodcutters, eager to teach them a lesson. But perhaps the washerwomen will teach the woodcutters a thing or two instead, and everyone might just live happily ever after...

 

Ten Girls Who Changed the World (Lightkeepers), Irene Howat

Isobel Kuhn questioned whether God even existed. Mary Slessor grew up in a slum with an alcoholic father. Joni Eareckson broke her neck during a diving accident and Corrie Ten Boom just lived with her family in a little watch shop in Haarlem, Holland. What is so special about these girls and how did they change their world?

 

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, Rachel Ignotofsky

Highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, from both the ancient and modern worlds. The book also contains fascinating infographics and an illustrated scientific glossary.

 

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant, Nizrana Farook

Chaya, a no-nonsense, outspoken hero, leads her friends and a gorgeous elephant on a noisy, fraught, joyous adventure through the jungle where revolution is stirring and leeches lurk. Will stealing the queen's jewels be the beginning or the end of everything for the intrepid gang?

 

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, Elena Favilli

What if the princess didn't marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don't need rescuing.

 

Computational Fairy Tales, Jeremy Kubica

Technically a princess. She's a computer scientist and needs to save the kingdom by working through comp/sci scenarios.

 

Zita the Spacegirl, Ben Hatke

A fun, captivating tale of friendship and redemption from Flight veteran Ben Hatke.

 

Hilda and the Midnight Giant, Luke Pearson

When creatures bombard Hilda's house with eviction notices, she has to think twice before making their acquaintance. Come to think of it, who is this giant who only appears at midnight, and why is Hilda the only person who can see him?

 

Ronja the Robber's daughter, Astrid Lindgren

On the night Ronia was born, a thunderstorm raged over the mountain, but in Matt's castle and among his band of robbers there was only joy - for Matt now had a spirited little black-haired daughter. Soon Ronia learns to dance and yell with the robbers, but it is alone in the forest that she feels truly at home. Then one day Ronia meets Birk, the son of Matt's arch-enemy. Soon after Ronia and Birk become friends the worst quarrel ever between the rival bands erupts, and Ronia and Berk are right in the middle.

 

The Ordinary Princess, M. M. Kaye

Once upon a time, there was the most beautiful, extraordinary princess. At least, until the day of her christening, when a grumpy fairy placed a spell to make her ORDINARY!

 

Amulet/Stonekeeper series, Kazu Kibuishi

Graphic novel series #1 New York Times bestselling series which follows the adventures of Emily, a young girl who discovers a sentient and autonomous magical circular amulet in her maternal great-grandfather's house.

 

Age 7-11

Zombierella,  Joseph Coelho *New*
The first in a new series: dark fairytale retellings in verse, with pleasingly gruesome illustrations from Freya Hartas.  Starring an undead princess and a vampire prince.

Nevermoor Series, Jessica Townsend *New*

Morrigan Crow is cursed, destined to die on her eleventh birthday. But, as the clock strikes midnight, she's whisked away by a remarkable man called Jupiter North and taken to the secret city of Nevermoor. There she's invited to join the Wundrous Society. Mystery, magic and protection are hers - if only she can pass four impossible trials, using an exceptional talent. Which she doesn't have...

Ruby Redfort series, Lauren Child

In this first book, we go right back to Ruby’s beginnings as an agent. When an anonymous caller sets Ruby a challenge, it’s not long before she finds her way into the HQ of the most secret of secret agencies – SPECTRUM. They need her help to crack a code but her desk job soon spirals into an all-out action adventure, as Ruby uncovers the dastardly plans of the formidable Fool’s Gold Gang.

 

Firework Maker's Daughter, Philip Pullman

What Lila wants to be more than anything else in the world is . . . a Firework-Maker! But firework-making is not just about being able to make Crackle-Dragons and Golden Sneezes. There is also one special secret: every Firework-Maker must make a perilous journey to face the terrifying Fire-Fiend!

 

Madame Pamplemousse and Her Incredible Edibles, Rupert Kingfisher

Madame Pamplemousse is the story of Madeleine, forced to work in her unpleasant uncle's horrible restaurant, The Squealing Pig. By chance she comes across the most marvellous shop, run by Madame Pamplemousse, which is quiet, discreet, yet full of delicious and otherworldly 'edibles' - Pterodactyl Bacon, Scorpion Tails in Smoked Garlic Oil, and Great Squid Tentacle in Jasmine-Scented Jelly. A quiet comradeship develops between Madeleine, Madame Pamplemousse, and Madame's cat, Camembert. And together they create some wonderful culinary magic. Exquisite, beautifully formed prose that has echoes of Angela Carter belies a narrative that is full of pace. A wonderful fairy tale that will appeal to both adults and children.

 

The Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge 

Faith's father has been found dead under mysterious circumstances, and as she is searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. The tree only grows healthy and bears fruit if you whisper a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, will deliver a hidden truth to the person who consumes it. The bigger the lie, the more people who believe it, the bigger the truth that is uncovered. The girl realizes that she is good at lying and that the tree might hold the key to her father's murder, so she begins to spread untruths far and wide across her small island community. But as her tales spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter . . .

 

Tiffany Aching series, Terry Pratchett

A proper one, with a pointy hat. And flying, she’s always dreamed of flying (though it’s cold up there, you have to wear really thick pants, two layers). But she’s worried Tiffany isn’t a very ‘witchy’ name. And a witch has always protected Tiffany’s land, to stop the nightmares getting through.

No Ballet Shoes in Syria, Catherine Bruton 

Aya is eleven years old and has just arrived in Britain with her mum and baby brother, seeking asylum from war in Syria. When Aya stumbles across a local ballet class, the formidable dance teacher spots her exceptional talent and believes that Aya has the potential to earn a prestigious ballet scholarship. But at the same time, Aya and her family must fight to be allowed to remain in the country, to make a home for themselves and to find Aya's father - separated from the rest of the family during the journey from Syria.

 

Asha and the Spirit Bird, Jasbinder Bilan 

Asha lives in the foothills of the Himalayas. Money is tight and she misses her papa who works in the city. When he suddenly stops sending his wages, a ruthless moneylender ransacks their home and her mother talks of leaving. From her den in the mango tree, Asha makes a pact with her best friend, Jeevan, to find her father and make things right. But the journey is dangerous: they must cross the world's highest mountains and face hunger, tiredness - even snow leopards. And yet, Asha has the unshakeable sense that the spirit bird of her grandmother - her nanijee - will be watching over her.

 

A Pocketful of Stars, Aisha Bushby

About family, friendship and finding out who you are, full of emotion and a secret fantasy world to discover.

 

First Class Murder: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery, Robin Stevens

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are taking a holiday on the world-famous Orient Express - and it's clear that each of their fellow first-class passengers has something to hide. Even more intriguing: there is rumour of a spy in their midst. Then, during dinner, there is a scream from inside one of the cabins. When the door is broken down, a passenger is found murdered, her stunning ruby necklace gone.

But the killer has vanished - as if into thin air. Daisy and Hazel are faced with their first ever locked-room mystery - and with competition from several other sleuths, who are just as determined to crack the case.

 

The Sally Lockhart Mysteries by Philip Pullman, Phillip Pullman 

Crown Princess Adelaide of Razkavia is not what you'd expect. She's the slum-girl Jim has been searching for ever since she vanished ten years ago. Now her life is in mortal danger, and together they must battle against unknown enemies in a country where no one can be trusted. This dramatic story of love, loyalty and adventure is the final novel in the quartet. Philip Pullman's ever-popular, action-packed Victorian melodramas are rejacketed for the bicentenary of Charles Dickens in 2012.

 

Girls Think of Everything, Catherine Thimmesh

In kitchens and living rooms, in garages and labs and basements, even in converted chicken coops, women and girls have invented ingenious innovations that have made our lives simpler and better. Their creations are some of the most enduring (the windshield wiper) and best loved (the chocolate chip cookie). What inspired these women, and just how did they turn their ideas into realities?

 

Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Patricia C. Wrede

Hilarious adventure stories about Cimorene, the princess who refuses to be proper.

 

The Afterwards, A.F. Harrold

There's nothing more to say about it. It is what it is. It is what will always be. Ember and Ness. Then Ness dies. It is sudden and unexpected and leaves Ember completely empty. How can this be? When Ember finds a way into the Afterworld, she determines to bring Ness back. Because that's what friends do isn't it? They rescue each other. They help. They never give up. Ember and Ness. That doesn't change.

Coraline, Neil Gaiman

A dark fantasy novella about the adventures of Coraline, young explorer, in the Other World.

 
 

The Sound of Everything, Rebecca Henry *New*

Complex, challenging Kadie has been bounced from foster home to foster home. But though the noise of the everyday often threatens to overwhelm her, she has a talent for music – one that prompts her to forge an unlikely alliance with Dayan, also a gifted musician.

Raybearer series, Jordan Ifueko *New*

Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince's Council of Eleven. If she's picked, she'll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood.

 

How Was That Built? The Stories Behind Awesome Structures, Roma Agrawal

Written by an award-winning Indian-British structural engineer who worked on the Shard, this book highlights amazing engineering achievements across all continents with a diverse range of role models.

Age 11-14

 

Age 14-16

The Wind on the Moon, Eric Linklater

In the English village of Midmeddlecum, Major Palfrey asks his two daughters to behave themselves while he is off at war. Sighing, Dinah says, “I think that we are quite likely to be bad, however hard we try not to be,” and her sister, Dorinda, adds helpfully, “Very often, when we think we are behaving well, some grown-up person says we are really quite bad. It’s difficult to tell which is which.” Sure enough, the mischievous sisters soon convince a judge that minds must be changed as often as socks, stage an escape from the local zoo (thanks to a witch’s potion that turns them into kangaroos), and—in the company of a golden puma and silver falcon—set off to rescue their father from the tyrant of Bombardy.

 

Lumberjanes, Sharon Watters and others

A series built on the power of friendship and positivity! At Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams! Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together...and they're not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.

 

Song of the Lioness Series, Tamora Pierce

Set at a time and place where girls are forbidden from becoming knights, this series details Alanna of Trebond's training as a knight as (swapping places with her brother who would rather learn magic) she hides her real gender from teachers and fellow pages.

 

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi

Thirteen-year-old Charlotte Doyle is excited to return home in the summer of 1832 but finds herself the lone passenger on a long sea voyage with a cruel captain and a mutinous crew. 

Savage Her Reply, Deirdre Sullivan

A feminist retelling of the favourite Irish fairytale The Children of Lir.