Top 5 Books with Feisty* Girls

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Sophie, The BFG, Roald Dahl. 

“I think you speak beautifully!”

 The BFG gets the best lines but it’s Sophie who saves the day. She’s smart, brave, and polite, showing that you don’t need superpowers to be a hero.

 Lyra, His Dark Materials, Philip Pulman

“But if you must and you can, there’s no excuse.”

Like Sophie, Lyra is a completely believable character. Lyra outwits older and more powerful adversaries with her enviable cunning. She never compromises her principals or her sense of justice. For me she is the perfect hero.

Anne Shirley, Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery

“There's such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I'm such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn't be half so interesting.”

They wanted a little boy but they got Anne Shirley. Anne changed Matthew and Marilla's lives without changing herself to fit their preconceptions of how a girl should be.

Laura Inglis Wilder, The Little House Series, Laura Inglis Wilder.

So what that Laura liked a bit of cross-stitch? Anyone who survives locusts, malaria, blizzards, scarlet fever and much more, deserves to be on this list. Just don’t watch the TV adaptation.

Mabel Jones, The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones.

"My name is Mabel Jones and I'm not afraid of anything"

I’m not sure who it's by but The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones is the greatest book ever written and you should definitely buy a copy as soon as possible. 


Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City by Will Mabbitt is out now priced £6.99, published by Puffin.