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Children of the Benin Kingdom

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But when Papa Eze himself becomes unwell he knows it's time to reveal to Ada her true heritage - a closely kept secret that has so far protected his daughter from her enemies.

From the language to the lifestyle, you are taken on a journey with Ada and exposed to the importance of ancestors, voices, and stories. Books for Topics, children’s fiction reviews blog “A riveting historical adventure… as much about friendship and loyalty and the bonds of family as a quest for identity.Candy Gourlay introduces Wild Song, her companion novel to Bone Talk, in which Luki and Samkad leave their home in the Philippines for America. Imagine Me Stories is an award winning monthly subscription box that aims to inspire all children by providing quality black children's literature and empowering black history activities. Reviews "This is a gripping adventure story that offers something fresh and original to the middle grade historical fiction market. Shortlisted for the Historical Association's Young Quills Award 2021 for the best children's fiction. Pursued by those who want her dead, Ada sets off on an incredible journey which tests her strengths to their limit – with just her friends, the guidance of her ancestors and her own self-belief to help her.

But when Papa Eze himself becomes ill, he knows he must tell Ada the truth about her real identity – something he has kept hidden to protect his daughter from danger. Through the sequence of learning, children will explore the story from various perspectives, comparing characters and writing letters and diary entries in role.It isn't a challenging read at all, but in conjunction with the notes at the end, is a fascinating introduction to a period of history about which little is known in the UK. Books for Keeps, children’s fiction magazine “When reading this book, you become completely absorbed into the culture of the West African people … because the story is rich and gripping. My least favourite character in this book is Chief Iwe because he treats people horribly and is very ungrateful and rude to everyone he comes across.

Ada has lived close to the great rainforest for her whole life, helping her beloved Papa Eze to heal fellow villagers when they fall sick.In summary this book is about a girl who finds out her father is the Sky-king and that Papa Eze who is Ada’s guardian offered to look after her for Ada’s mother. What stood out for me most in this book was how Dinah (the author) made me feel like I was there when I was reading the book and also that the main character is a girl!

The story is rich in historical detail and the cultural traditions of West Africa and as accurate historical fiction it is also perfect for celebrating Black history.

A riveting historical adventure … as much about friendship and loyalty and the bonds of family as a quest for identity. The thing that most stands out was the three descriptions of the journey through the forest that Mbe and Ada took. The historical Benin Kingdom is an option for UK primary teachers at KS2, and is a great choice for those who are keen to diversify their curriculum. While Eze is away consulting a diviner, Ada with the help of Mbe, Eze’s apprentice, risks a journey of her own to find some Golden-leaf bark as she has noticed Eze is becoming weaker. Accompanied by her true friend Mbe, Ada follows the instructions given to her by Papa Eze and travels far and wide to uncover the truth, which eventually leads her deep within the rainforest where her past will be discovered.

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