The Lion Above the Door (Pre-order)
* This title will be released on October 14th, 2021 and will be dispatched then*
Leo and his best friend Sangeetha 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.
About the Author
Onjali Q. Raúf is the founder of both O’s Refugee Aid Team (which works to deliver emergency aid to refugees in northern France and other parts of Europe) and Making Herstory (which mobilises men, women and children from all walks of life to tackle the abuse and trafficking of women and girls in the UK and beyond).
Her first novel, The Boy at the Back of the Class, won the Waterstone’s Children’s Prize and The Blue Peter Book Award. Her second novel, The Star Outside My Window, was published in October 2019. To help celebrate World Book Day 2020, a follow up to The Boy at the Back of the Class was released called The Day We Met the Queen.
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