Voices #5: Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah (author)

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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 fists. How can a boy so far from home learn to enjoy his new life when so manythings 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 fitting in’ iNews ‘An invaluable story for any young readers who enjoy adventure and want to learn more about the Windrush generation’s experience. Essential reading’ Alex WheatleABOUT 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

Our November 2020 Ages 11+ Book of the Month

Our November Book of the Month pick for 11+ is the heart-stopping adventure Windrush Child from Benjamin Zephaniah. I have chosen this book because it is essential reading on part of our country’s history and perfect for teaching children about inclusivity and diversity. In a powerful, moving account of family and fitting in, Zephaniah shows us what it was like to be a child of the Windrush generation. An invaluable story for any young reader, with the adventure and narrative non-fiction element keeping it engaging and entertaining as well as being historically accurate and educating. Windrush Child is the fifth book in the Voices series, which showcases some of the UK’s finest writers as they reflect on the authentic unsung stories of our past. Each book reads as a standalone, but great if kids love the series as there’s four more for them to get stuck into straight away!

Su – Book Club Editor, Ages 7–11+
Su – Book Club Editor, Ages 7–11+

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Catalogue number

2248 in Schools Catalogue 2023–24, 2461 in Education Catalogue 2023–24, 878 in SCB Offer September 2023 and 289 in UK Primary Autumn 2023


Voices (book 5)







Date published

November 5th, 2020

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AR book level: 4.8; Middle years plus; 6.0 points

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  • 208 pages



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  1. Rockstar8812
    on 22 June 2023

    It is so good. The author makes you feel sympathies for his life. I just learned that this was a true story(except for the last bit)

    5out of 5