Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Recommended by Jennifer Webb (@FunkyPedagogy)

Form and genre: bildungsroman

Length: 336 pages

Summary: Coming of age novel set in Nigeria. Kambili is a teenage girl living in the shadow of domestic abuse. The novel is uplifting and beautiful, but also refers to political instability and economic difficulties, and the hangovers of empire.

Age recommendation and challenging content: There are some graphic depictions of domestic violence, some suggestive scenes, and frequent references to religion throughout. Would recommend for a mature Y9 class.

Notable reasons for recommending this book: Rich in language, complexity and challenge, this novel is a stunning read and a great introduction to one of the greatest writers of her generation.