The Anti-Princess Club: Bella's Backyard Bullies
While there’s plenty of excitement and adventure in Samantha Turnbull’s story, perhaps the most important thing she gives us is four strong female role models. From their treehouse base, Bella, Chloe, Emily and Grace set about righting wrongs, fulfilling their ambitions and even changing the world a little bit.
The second in Turnbull and Davies’ Anti-Princess Club series finds the girls targeted by a cyberbully, who warns them to ‘watch your back’. Computer whizz Emily digs deep inside their club website, footballer Grace teaches the girls to tackle boys on the pitch, scientist Chloe finds a comet in the sky, and designer Bella creates a planetarium to view it by. So no shortage of inspirational young women who, in their own words, ‘don’t need rescuing’. It’s also an intriguing read, as we discover who’s behind the nastiness – and why.
- Kelly Apter, Arts Journalist