Book Club: Windrush Child

Book Club: Windrush Child

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Windrush ChildDiscover December’s book club title, Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah (Scholastic). We’re delighted to bring you this heart-stopping adventure to enjoy in a book club setting – whether with friends, family or your school mates.

Read an extract from the book here, or download our questions to use for discussion in your own book club. Click here to watch all our brilliant videos with Benjamin including his favourite book recommendations (also available here). Find out more about what books and reading mean to him and discover the inspiration for his book, Windrush Child. Don’t forget to check out our latest Book Club snack – this month we’ve been inspired by author Benjamin’s favourite treat – vegan chocolate coffee cake!

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Windrush Child

Windrush Child

Written by: Benjamin Zephaniah
Publisher: Scholastic

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 many things count against him?

Discover our Q&A video with Benjamin Zephaniah and hear about what books and reading mean to him. You can also read an extract from the book and download our questions to spark discussions in your own Book Club!

All our Book Club titles including Windrush Child are available to buy online here.

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About the author

Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah was born and raised in Birmingham, England. His parents were Jamaican and even as a child he enjoyed the reggae music and poetry of Jamaica. He started writing poetry when he was very young. 

Benjamin is known for his poetry as well as novels, plays, and other works. His poetry is called “dub poetry,” which means that is performed—the words are recited over the beat of reggae music. 

Many young writers have said that the accessibility of his work has inspired them to take up writing. 

In addition to his poetry and fiction Zephaniah wrote plays for television, radio, and stage. He also performed in television shows and movies.

Benjamin Zephaniah ©Adrian Pope

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