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The Lion Above the Door (Paperback)Onjali Q. Raúf (author)
In a story that is as timely as it is enthralling, the former Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winner takes readers on a powerful journey into buried identities and historic racism, revealing how our past is shaped by those who are allowed to tell its story.
From Onjali Q. Rauf, the award-winning and best-selling author of The Boy at the Back of the Class, comes an incredible story about missing histories and the concept of a universal family, told with humour and heart.
Leo and his best friend Sangeeta are the odd ones out in their school. But as Leo's dad is always telling him, it's because they're special. Only thing is, if they're so special, how come they never see anyone who looks like them in their school history books?
Then, on a class trip to a nearby cathedral, Leo's attention is drawn to a large marble slab high above the doors of the hall. Right there, bang in the middle of a list of war heroes, Leo finds himself staring at something incredible: his own name.
Desperate to know who this other Leo was, the two friends embark on a search. And together, they begin to uncover missing stories from the past, ones which they are determined to put back into their rightful place in the pages of history.
Touching on themes of historical racism, The Lion Above the Door shines a light on the stories our history books have yet to contain and the power of friendships that can last through generations.
The first edition of this book also contains a special collection of historical photos and stories of real life forgotten heroes from World War Two.
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 345 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 28 mm
Rauf's latest has a quite brilliant premise in which the bully, not the bullied, tells his tale. A thought-provoking and often very funny story which constantly plays with reader expectations.' - The i
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“Timely and Important”
Onjali Rauf has released another mesmerising book! I was so excited when I got my hands on this book and needless to say I was not disappointed in the slightest! It had me laughing and crying!
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“Love all her books”
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy, Onjali always writes a brilliant children read which will most certainly spark discussions at home or in the classroom etc.
This book is no exception, without... More
“Another wonderful book!”
A wonderful book for older primary age children exploring racism. It has a timely topic about the missing figures and cultures that fought in WW2, areas that are too often missing in the history curriculum taught in... More
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