‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl
Matilda is no ordinary young girl. In addition to her remarkable intelligence, she also has a magical mind. And having been told all of her life that she is a ‘scab’ by her father, as well as being ignored by her mother and bullied by her dreadful headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, Matilda is now out to teach the adults in her life a lesson they will never forget!
‘The Map of Salt and Stars’ by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
This wonderful book helps to provide more understanding of displaced peoples, in spellbinding style. 11-year-old Nour’s story is interwoven with a fable that her late father used to tell her in which a young girl named Rawiya disguises herself as a boy in order to go on an adventure and get a job as an apprentice mapmaker. Nour ends up going on an adventure of her own and holds on to this mythical tale as a source of inspiration and strength as she overcomes her own challenges.
‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama’s memoir is an indisputable page-turner, chock-full of intimacies and reflections, with the former First Lady offering fresh insights into her upbringing on the south side of Chicago and the highs and lows of life with Barack Obama. Becoming is a profoundly personal story of a woman who has defied expectations, whilst at the same time showing us a few dance moves and raising two down-to-earth daughters, all under the glare of an unforgiving media.