Recommended by Michala Sullivan (@michala832)
Form and genre: novel
Length: 193 pages
Summary: Written from the point of view of Leonard, a boy who leaves Jamaica with him mom to reunite with his dad who has moved to England on the Windrush boat. They live in Manchester and his father is a bus driver. Lots to unpick about the prejudice faced by immigrants coming to Britain post 1945.
Age recommendation and challenging content: Some violence towards the dad and Leonard when he is grown up but nothing graphic at all. Depictions of racism. This has a reading age of 11+ so is a good choice as a quick read for Y7.
Notable reasons for recommending this book: Literary content – Zephaniah is an excellent writer. Cultural content and diversity – exploration of the history of the Windrush generation.