The phenomenon of potted histories of great rebel women/boys/brave animals continues. As well-meaning as they are, sometimes you wonder how many more one-page odes to Amelia Earhart, Florence Nightingale or Lassie a child really needs. This new collection, by Raj Khaur Khaira, is a little different... There is someone here for every girl and boy — budding lawyers, climbers, film-makers and mountaineers — although it may appeal especially to Asian children, who are less likely to find role models who look a bit like them on the library shelves... I did cringe a little at some of the language. Sophia Duleep Singh, daughter of the exiled king of the Sikh Empire and goddaughter of Queen Victoria who got on the wrong side of many powerful men as she fought for women to get the vote, is described as a “feisty suffragette”. Which makes her sound more Spice Girl than freedom fighter. A quibble in an inspiring book.