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Helena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo’s GOOD NIGHT STORIES FOR REBEL GIRLS (Particular Books, £20) is a collection of 100 potted histories of women who have helped their fellow females to travel one step further along the path to equality.

Each biography is accompanied by a stunning full-page portrait and alongside the household names (Elizabeth I, the Brontë sisters, Hillary Clinton) are a 19th century warrior called Lozen, Japanese empress Jingu and Italian Formula One racer Lella Lombardi. Parents will learn nearly as much as their offspring. A simple idea, brilliantly executed.

CRASH LANDING (Hodder Children’s Books, £9.99) is the fourth of Robert Muchamore’s pacy Rock War series for teenagers. The saga follows the struggles of three teenagers desperate to break into the rock industry, only to find that fame and fortune don’t necessarily bring happiness.

Summer sees her career implode while Dylan faces a jail sentence for knifing a drug dealer. An exhilarating story but unsuitable for younger readers.

Annabel Pitcher doesn’t shy away from sensitive subjects and THE LAST DAYS OF ARCHIE MAXWELL (Barrington Stoke, £7.99) is no exception. Teenager Archie is being bullied at school, his dad has left his mum for a man and the girl he fancies has confided in him about her brother’s suicide. A warm-hearted and compassionate novella.

Supermodel, film star, novelist: the multitalented Cara Delevingne has turned her hand to fiction. MIRROR, MIRROR (Trapeze, £12.99), co-written with novelist Rowan Coleman and billed as “a coming-of-age novel about friendship and betrayal”, is the hard-hitting tale of four teenage friends.

When one goes missing and is found unconscious and injured in the River Thames, dark secrets start to unravel.

In TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN (Penguin, £14.99), Aza is distracted from her acute anxiety when best friend Daisy enlists her in the search for missing billionaire Russell Pickett, motivated by a $100,000 reward.

John Green, author of The Fault In Our Stars which has sold 23 million copies to date, explores themes of friendship and class in this warm, empathetic novel.



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