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Feisty females: who’s your pick?

Thanks to Simon & Schuster CA for tweeting a link to a post on website A Mighty Girl’s for their post: Top Read Aloud Books Starring Mighty Girls.

There were a lot of familiar titles in there, along with a few news ones that Holly and I will have to check out. It’s good to know though that there are so many novels featuring strong females – real characters that girls can look up to.

In the meantime, our list of favourite feisty females (here we go with the alliteration again!), in no particular order, includes:

  • Matilda, in Matilda, by Roald Dahl
  • Sophie, in The BFG, by Roald Dahl
  • Molly Moon, in the Molly Moon series, by Georgia Byng
  • Nancy Drew, in the Nancy Drew series, by Carolyn Keene
  • George, aka Georgina in The Famous Five, by Enid Blyton
  • Annika, in The Star of Kazan, by Eva Ibbotson
  • Hermione Granger, in the Harry Potter series, by JK Rowling
  • Karana, in Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell
  • Pippi Longstocking, in Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lundgren
  • Laura Marlin, in the Laura Marlin series, by Lauren St John
  • Anne, in the Anne of Green Gables series, by L.M. Montgomery

Matilda, as drawn by Quentin Blake. Image courtesy of

Who are your favourite female characters? Please let us know who they are, and why you’ve chosen them!



Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

13 thoughts on “Feisty females: who’s your pick?

  1. Erk. Why can’t I think of any?! Winnie the witch? Princess Cupcake. Bo from The Ghost Library. Reckless Ruby. The Tough Princess, The Worst Princess. The Paper-bag Princess. The Ordinary Princess (MM Kaye). Matilda from The Pirates Next Door. Daisy from Kes Gray & Nick Sharatt’s books. I’ve not read Tracy Beaker but from the TV series she seems feisty?! Quite a lot of princesses sadly, but they are cool ones 😉


  2. Ramona Quimby from Beverly Cleary’s Ramona series. My mom read most all of them aloud to me when I was little, and when I read Ramona’s World a few years ago as a “grown up” she was every bit as feisty as I remembered her.


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