In this heart-stopping adventure, Benjamin Zephaniah
shows us what it was like to be a child of the Windrush generation.
Leonard is shocked when he
arrives with his mother in the port of Southampton. His father is
a stranger to him, it’s cold and even the Jamaican
food doesn’t taste the same as it did back home in Maroon
Town. But his parents have brought him here to try to make
a better life, so Leonard does his best not to complain,
to make new friends, to do well at school – even
when people hurt him with their words and with their
How can a boy so
far from home learn to enjoy his new life when so many things
count against him?
‘Zephaniah pulls no punches
in his depictions of the racism that Leonard suffers both at school
and in the streets in a powerful, moving account of family and
‘An invaluable story for any
young readers who enjoy adventure and want to learn more about the
Windrush generation’s experience. Essential reading’
ABOUT THE SERIES: VOICES
A thrilling series showcasing some of the UK’s finest writers
for young people.
Voices reflects the authentic, unsung stories
of our past.
Each shows that, even in times of great upheaval, a myriad of
people have arrived on this island and made a home for themselves
– from Roman times to the present day.
Perfect for teaching children about inclusivity and diversity
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Benjamin Zephaniah is probably one of the most high-profile international authors writing today, with an enormous breadth of appeal, equally popular with adults and children. Well known for his performance poetry with a political edge for adults and groundbreaking performance poetry for children, Benjamin has also written several urban novels for teenagers.More about Benjamin Zephaniah