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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.

Children'sFiction & true storiesFamily & home stories Publisher: Hachette Children's Group Publication Date: 14/10/2021 ISBN-13: 9781510110618  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Onjali Q Rauf has, this time, tapped into the fact that in this country the history of WW1/2 taught to our children is predominantly that of a white history. I knew about soldiers from the Commonwealth that helped the British during the wars, however, the degree to which some countries were involved has not been acknowledged. The story follows Leo, a boy whose parents came to live in England before he was born from Singapore. The fact that he is British makes no difference to the school bullies. He describes the feeling of a bruise inside him that hurts whenever something bad happens. He is angry when his dad witnesses these events and doesn't say anything. His friend Sangeeta, has the same problem. Together they also have friends called Nancy and Drew. On a school trip, which the bullies don't go on as they haven't returned their slip, he finds 'his' name above the door of a Cathedral on a memorial, and Sangeeta finds the name R Singh. This begins an adventure to find out about those that gave their lives for Britain and the allies during the war. They are joined in their quest by Olivia, who reveals that despite her white skin she is mixed race and her Dad family originate from Ghana and her Great Grandfather is one of those forgotten heroes. The fact that Olivia is not afraid of Toby and Catherine helps Leo and his friends. In the background of the " Forgotten Heroes" theme is the children's treatment at the hands of Toby and Catherine. Do the bullies succeed or can the children emulate Leo's dad who explains that if he acted the same way he would be lowering himself to their level and he isn't that type of person and never will be. I loved this book and will be attempting to get it into school.

- 09/11/2021
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