Top Must-Read Secondary Years Black Books Recommended by our children

Cloud Busting Book

The review applauds the creative use of magazine cut-out letters for a captivating effect, praising all covers. It highlights the blurb’s tension between two characters, Sam and Davey, underscoring themes of trust, bullying, and social status, set in a school environment. The book employs various poetry forms, providing a unique narrative experience.

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Ace of Spades

The review praises the book’s tackling of institutionalised racism within the backdrop of a compelling narrative. It lauds the well-developed plot, highlighting the contrast between the two main characters, Devon and Chiamaka. The book effectively addresses social issues while delivering plausible plot twists, culminating in a chilling exploration of betrayal and societal dynamics.

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Noughts and Crosses

“Noughts and Crosses” offers a compelling narrative, exploring racism through dual perspectives in an alternate London. The reversal of societal roles adds depth, with Sephy and Callum’s forbidden love driving suspenseful twists. Well-crafted conflicts involve various antagonists, while characters like Lynette shine. Malorie Blackman’s work inspires belief amid injustice, simplifying global issues like racism within a novel of separate struggles.

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Arhuan the Giant

“Arhuan the Giant” delves into Benin culture, portraying a deep-seated rivalry between stepbrothers for the throne. Arhuan, denied his birthright, battles resentment as Okoro ascends. The narrative offers insights into Benin traditions, sibling dynamics, and the strength of women like Queen Idia. Beautiful illustrations and a poignant storyline make it suitable for all ages, inspiring perseverance and positivity.

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You Are A Champion Book

“I Can Be a Champion” by Marcus Rashford recounts his childhood love for football despite obstacles. Nicknamed “Shot” for his resilience, Marcus faces exclusion from playing with older brother Dane’s friends. Determined, he practices alone, embodying the adage “practice makes perfect.” Rashford’s story inspires perseverance and self-belief, urging readers to strive for greatness.

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