LONG LIST REVIEW: Young, Gifted and Black

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The author and illustrator of 'Young, Gifted and Black' welcome the reader to the book by making the purpose behind it very clear. 'All children deserve to see themselves represented positively in stories' is their message and this book is intended to be the starting point on a journey to discover the many unsung heroes that exist. It successfully achieves this, and introduces everyone to a wealth of figures from the 1800s to the present day, whose stories are truly inspirational.

Concise biographies offer essential information about each of the men and women, including birth (and death) dates, locations, a summary of their achievements and for most, a quotation. The book offers an enticing mix of familiar and less well-known 'change-makers' with a wide range of talents. British figures like Mo Farah,  boxer, Nicola Adams and Malorie Blackman claim their place in the book alongside figures such as Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou and Barack Obama. 

Vivid colours and patterns surround the illustration of each figure, crowning them and almost giving them wings as they leap from the page. Full of energy, they complement the text perfectly. A 'Hall of Fame' at the end of the book shows photographs of the 52 people, acting as an index to where to find them.

'Young, Gifted and Black' would make an excellent addition to any bookshelf and would be particularly useful in schools to support Black History Month. 

This is an excellent, inspirational book for everyone.

Young, Gifted and Black   Jamia Wilson, illustrated by Andrea Pippins

Wide Eyed     ISBN: 978-1786030887