A Kind of Spark The Clockwork Conspiracy Geomancer: In the Shadow of the Wolf Queen: An epic fantasy adventure from an award-winning author Amari and the Night Brothers
Rayleigh Mann in the Company of Monsters Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun: A superhero adventure perfect for Marvel and DC fans! Vivi Conway and the Sword of Legend The Boy Who Fell From the Sky
A Kind of Spark The Clockwork Conspiracy Geomancer: In the Shadow of the Wolf Queen: An epic fantasy adventure from an award-winning author Amari and the Night Brothers
Rayleigh Mann in the Company of Monsters Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun: A superhero adventure perfect for Marvel and DC fans! Vivi Conway and the Sword of Legend The Boy Who Fell From the Sky

Benjamin Dean’s Favourite Books with Courageous Protagonists

By Benjamin Dean

Benjamin Dean’s Favourite Books with Courageous Protagonists

By Benjamin Dean

A story is nothing without a memorable protagonist to lead it, and my favourite kind is one who must find strength and bravery within themselves to succeed. Whether it’s solving a mystery, facing a perilous quest or a dangerous enemy, mastering newfound powers, or standing up for what’s right, a great main character always has heart and holds a reader’s hand as they guide them through the story, letting us know that in the end, everything will be alright. When writing The Boy Who Fell From the Sky, I thought a lot about who I wanted my protagonist, Zed, to be. At the beginning, he doesn’t believe in himself and is simply doing what he can to make everybody else proud. But as the story goes on, he discovers what it means to be kind, empathetic and, above all else, brave. So, without further ado, here are my picks for incredible books with courageous main characters…

A Kind of Spark

A Kind of Spark

Elle McNicoll

£7.99 £7.59

I love a character who stands up, proud and strong, for what they believe in. Addie is such a loveable character full of heart and fight only rivalled by her older sister, Keedie, who has her own story to tell very soon…

The Clockwork Conspiracy

The Clockwork Conspiracy

Sam Sedgman

£7.99 £7.59

What could be braver or more perilous than a main character who must try to save not only his missing father, but time itself?! A new mystery series with incredibly high stakes and a protagonist in Isaac Turner who you’ll want to read again and again.

Geomancer: In the Shadow of the Wolf Queen: An epic fantasy adventure from an award-winning author

Geomancer: In the Shadow of the Wolf Queen: An epic fantasy adventure from an award-winning author

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

£14.99 £14.24

Kiran always writes such wonderfully complex and accomplished characters for all age groups and that’s no different in her new Geomancer fantasy trilogy. Ysolda is a wonderful protagonist to follow and you’ll root for her the whole way as she embarks on a dangerous quest.

Amari and the Night Brothers

Amari and the Night Brothers

BB Alston

£7.99 £7.59

Amari is a one-of-a-kind character who you’ll instantly love. She has so much grit and determination to succeed, not to mention the bravery to stand up to powerful enemies. I for one can’t WAIT to see her on the big screen!

Rayleigh Mann in the Company of Monsters

Rayleigh Mann in the Company of Monsters

Ciannon Smart

£7.99 £7.59

For a main character who is assured, slick and just plain cool, you need Rayleigh Mann. And what could be braver than travelling into a world of monsters and nightmares to solve a mystery? Couldn’t be me!

Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun: A superhero adventure perfect for Marvel and DC fans!

Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun: A superhero adventure perfect for Marvel and DC fans!

Tola Okogwu

£7.99 £7.59

I love this story and series so much, and that’s largely down to its main character, Onyeka. She’s a strong and determined protagonist who leads the story with real heart.

Vivi Conway and the Sword of Legend

Vivi Conway and the Sword of Legend

Lizzie Huxley-Jones

£7.99 £7.59

I love nothing more than a character who suddenly discovers they have powers and must use them to defeat a greater evil. Vivi Conway is the perfect protagonist to wield them too – both courageous and compassionate and somebody you can’t help but root for.

The Boy Who Fell From the Sky

The Boy Who Fell From the Sky

Benjamin Dean

£7.99 £7.59

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