Harris named a top 10 list of "kids' books with kickass heroines" for the Guardian.
Number One on the list:
The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip PullmanRead the entire list.
This novel is splendidly written in the tradition of the Victorian melodrama, but Sally Lockhart is no simpering miss. Raised by her father, she can shoot, fight and speak Hindustani, and has none of the accomplishments thought necessary to a young lady of her time. Left in the care of a relative following her father's death, and threatened with the horrid possibility of having to become a paid companion, she runs away, but is haunted by dreams and strange messages that point her to the mystery in her own past.