Radiya Hafiza’s Rumaysa is my first pick in the 9+ range, ideal for readers of fantasy. A brilliant fusion of culture and fairy tale, this book has an empowering female narrator that will capture you from the start! Meanwhile Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths, written by Maisie Chan, explores finding your own voice through an eleven-year-old protagonist. This touching story stays with you long after you close the book.
If you are looking for a witty and frankly anarchic start to a series, Llama Out Loud! by Annabelle Sami tells the story of a mute ten-year-old girl and her toy llama called Levi. He is not everything he seems. If you want to witness flawless comedic timing, then this is the book for you.
A historical tale from Scholastic, Son of the Circus: A Victorian Story by E.L. Norry takes you all the way back to 1867, based on real people and events from that era. Any child and not just a history enthusiast will like this book, as it tells the story of overcoming misfortune and discovering self-belief. Last but by no means least, Black and British: A Short, Essential History by award-winning historian David Olusoga, was the British Book of the Year in 2021 and is perfectly written for readers aged 12+ to discover Black British figures throughout history.