The Ten Best: School bags

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1. Samsonite Sammies Funny Face, £16

A fun medium-sized rucksack in three fun prints - ladybird, giraffe or turtle - it has an address tag and lockable zip pullers.

www.ebags.co.uk; 0800 783 3305

2. Voltaic solar powered backpack, £189

Perfect for eco-conscious teens, this rucksack has solar panels that generate enough power to charge mobiles, cameras and iPods.

www.electroniczone.co.uk; 020-8447 1653

3. Kipling Wigwam, £35

Adjustable straps turn it into a backpack or a shoulder bag, with clutch handle. You get the Kipling furry monkey and a choice of 14 colours.

www.ebags.co.uk; 08007 833 305

4. HelixX Spiral, £24

The shoulder straps contain silicone gel for extra comfort. Hasinternal pockets and drinks compartments.

www.thehealthybackbag.co.uk; 020-7812 9800

5. John Lewis sausage dog bag, £13

Easy to carry, with its twin straps, this lined backpack suits boys and girls. Cute, and with plenty of room for books and games kit.

www.johnlewis.com; 08456 049 049

6. Adidas Missy school messenger bag, £31

In pink or black, this logo-ed bag has an adjustable webbing strap, a key hook and lots of compartments.

www.littlewoods-online.com; 08702 631 000

7. Woolworths black and blue rucksack, £7.99

Padded straps make this easy to carry, and it's big enough for books or gym kit. Trendy, and a bargain.

www.woolworths.co.uk; 08704 117 112

8. QS record bag, £5

The value retailer QS has these cute bags suitable for primary-school girls. They're generously sized and have shoulder straps.

www.qsgroup.co.uk; 08449 020 020

9. JanSport Trinity III, £29.99

A rucksack that will last for years. It's comfy and spacious, with just enough compartments, and has a cool, breathable mesh back.

www.johnlewis.com; 08456 049 049

10. Eastpak Freshman, £39.99

This bag has reflective piping and zipper pull-tags, several compartments, and padded and protective sleeves for books and laptops.

www.eastpak.com; 0845 601 1151

The Ten Best is edited by Rebecca Armstrong r.armstrong@independent.co.uk

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