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By Narinder Dhamiauthor

Author of the popular Bindi Babes series reviews a selection of books for girls

Narinder Dhami

Narinder Dhami, author of the popular Bindi Babes series of books

Being Impossible by Hiawyn Oram (Orchard, £5.99 PB)

Being impossible by Hiawyn Oram

A new book by the brilliant and versatile Hiawyn Oram is always cause for celebration. Logan is experiencing a family crisis – her mum is in Australia, and her dad, a musical genius, might as well be thousands of miles away too, as he’s so distant and unapproachable. Meanwhile, stern Mrs Everett and her child-hating parrot have moved in to run the household. Logan responds by deciding to become impossible, but then she meets someone truly impossible – a talking cat named Tiff, who can also play the piano. An unusual, warm-hearted book with characters that come alive.

Suitable for: girls; older readers; more able readers

Magic Tree House: Mammoth to the Rescue by Mary Pope Osborne (Red Fox, £3.99 PB)

Magic Tree House: Mammoth to the Rescue by Mary Pope Osborne

‘Has sold 30 million copies worldwide!’ boasts the blurb on the back cover of the seventh book in this US series. Annie and Jack have discovered a mysterious tree house filled with the library of the legendary Morgan le Fay, and they can magically travel to any place in the books simply by pointing at the picture. In Mammoth to the Rescue, Annie and Jack end up in the Ice Age, meet Cro-Magnon man and get chased by a sabre tooth tiger. This is a jolly romp with simple language and appealing subject matter, but thirty million? The mind boggles…

Suitable for: girls; boys; younger readers; reading aloud

It’s a 50/50 Thing by Chris Higgins (Hodder, £5.99 PB)

It's a 50/50 Thing by Chris Higgins

This book is a puzzle, although the story is straightforward enough -the plot is gripping, with lots of twists and turns, and the author has a real understanding of what makes young girls tick. When Kally’s father is wrongly imprisoned for theft, Kally, her mum and sister, Izzy, struggle to rebuild their lives. Kally starts at a new school and is soon swept off her feet by skater boy Jem. But Jem isn’t all he appears.

This is quite a dark, deep story that explores several aspects of unstable behaviour such as stalking, making the choice of a lime-green and purple sparkly cover a little curious.

Suitable for: girls; older readers; more able readers

Pink Chameleon: The Silk Sisters by Fiona Dunbar (Orchard, £5.99 PB)

Pink Chameleon: The Silk Sisters by Fiona Dunbar

This first book in a ‘futuristic fashion’ series sees sisters Rorie and Elsie packed off to the standard horrible boarding school, after their mum and dad disappear off the face of the earth. The girls are determined to solve the mystery and it might just be connected to their dad’s latest invention – clothes and shoes that can change colour, pattern and shape by voice command. A very girlie book with lots of fashion detail, an attractive pink cover, plucky heroines and an unusual storyline, although perhaps just a little predictable in places.

Suitable for: girls; older readers; more able readers; reading aloud

The Game by Diana Wynne Jones (HarperCollins, £6.99 HB)

The Game by Diana Wynne Jones

The acclaimed author weaves yet another magical, fantastical tale, this time about the power of myths and legends. Hayley’s grandfather introduces her to the ‘mythosphere’, a series of mini worlds that encircle the globe, and which are composed of all the stories, legends and myths generated on Earth. But it’s only when Hayley is sent to stay with her aunts and cousins in Ireland, that she can visit the mythosphere for herself and begin to discover the answers to her family’s secrets. This is a multi-layered story, crammed with rich, absorbing details from many different cultures.

Suitable for: girls; boys; more able readers; reading aloud

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The amy carter mysteries: Dognapped! by Karen King (Quest, £5.99 PB)

The amy carter mysteries: Dognapped! by Karen King

Podcasts indicated in the text means the reader can turn detective to catch the mysterious dognapper, alongside American amateur sleuth, Amy. Quirky humour, although the storyline is a bit flat in places.

Suitable for: girls; boys; younger readers; older readers; reluctant readers; reading aloud

Tiger Lily: A Heroine with a Mission! by Maeve Friel (Stripes, £4.99 PB)

Tiger Lily: A Heroine with a Mission! by Maeve Friel

An agreeably wacky story about Tiger Lily (book and animal lover extraordinaire), her naughty three-legged dog, Rosie, and wild boars. Yes, you read that right. Joelle Dreidemy’s illustrations are the real star, though.

Suitable for: girls; younger readers; older readers; reluctant readers; reading aloud

The Lady Grace Mysteries: Intrigue by Grace Cavendish (Red Fox, £4.99 PB)

The Lady Grace Mysteries: Intrigue by Grace Cavendish

More mystery at the court of Elizabeth 1st with spirited heroine, Grace Cavendish, after a death scene in a new play turns into shocking reality. Historical fiction written in an accessible style.

Suitable for: girls; older readers; more able readers

Daisy Dawson and the Secret Pool by Steve Voake (Walker, £3.99 PB)

Daisy Dawson and the Secret Pool by Steve Voake

Daisy can talk to animals, and her attempt to complete her school project on animal habitats generates lots of excitement, action and humour, including a hilarious scene with a jam-obsessed wasp!

Suitable for: girls; younger readers; reluctant readers; reading aloud

Diary of a Tooth Fairy by Alan Durant (Walker, £7.99 HB)

Diary of a Tooth Fairy by Alan Durant

A sweet, funny story showing how Tooth Fairies are trained to do their important work (lectures on different kinds of teeth, and so on). A real treat for fairy-obsessed little girls.

Suitable for: girls; younger readers; reading aloud

Our reviewer

Narinder Dhami

Superstar babes by Narinder Dhami

Narinder Dhami is the author of the popular Bindi Babes series (Corgi Yearling, £4.99 PB) that chronicles the adventures, romances and traumas – comical and otherwise – of three teenage British Asian sisters, Amber, Geena and Jazz. The latest, Superstar Babes, was published in April 2008. Other books for older readers include Sunita’s Secret and Dani’s Diary.

Narinder is one of the authors behind the best-selling Rainbow Magic books by the fictitious Daisy Meadows (Orchard, £3.99 PB), and she also wrote the novelisation of the smash-hit movie, Bend it Like Beckham (Hodder, £5.99 PB). Visit www.narinderdhami.com

Reviews

  1. lillia
    on 1 February 2011

    narinder dhami

    Narinder is such a good writter i would definetley reccomend her to anyone!!!!!