Black History Month

By Kerry McGuire, Assistant Editor

To mark Black History month this October, we asked our quiz writers to pick a significant book they particularly enjoyed reading and quizzing. Read on to find out what they chose!


“Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa.’ And thus begins the story of the fun and curious Anna Hibiscus. Young Anna lives with a big family and much of her life revolves around them. Author Atinuke does a wonderful job of putting her character in situations any young reader could relate to. But these books also allow children to see into a life in a different part of the world. Each page brings Africa to life in the most vibrant way. They’re funny and heart-warming – well                                                                                         worth a read.” – Krista


“Ghost Boys is an eerie depiction of life after death in which the ghost of twelve-year-old Jermone witnesses the devastation of his family and community after he’s shot by a police officer who mistook his toy gun for a threat. It deals with systematic racism and gun violence in a manner appropriate for younger readers and the book is a good starting point for discussions on these topics. Emmett Till appears as a character in the story to give readers some historical background.”                                                                                      – Kerry


“Sisters Jenny and Hortense Rodney decide to leave rural Jamaica and take a chance on England, moving to Brixton with their husbands. Island Songs richly brings to life the contrast between their old and new lives, the challenges they face in an uncertain political climate and the tension of family secrets beginning to unravel.” – Jan



“This contemporary thriller told in the first person narrative tells the gritty story of 16-year-old Marlon’s descent into London’s drug culture.  Filled with twists, turns and heart-stopping moments, it is a deserved winner of both the YA and Waterstone’s Older Children’s book prizes in 2018.”

– Cecelia


We always love seeing what schools and libraries are up to, so let us know how you’re celebrating Black History Month this year on social media at Twitter or Facebook.

Happy quizzing!






You can find these and all of our quizzed books on AR Bookfinder .

Kerry McGuire
Assistant Editor

Posted on 5 October 2018 at 3:37 pm
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