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The (incomplete) Lit in Colour book list: Years 5-6

Have a look at some titles in the list for years 5-6. We have titles on Activism, Friendship, American History, British History, Folklore, Poetry, Family and Biographies. You can also view the full list in the downloadable PDF.

Little Badman series by Humza Arshad and Henry White

The Little Badman book series, written with comedy writer Henry White, follows 11-year-old Humza Khan, the greatest rapper the town of Eggington has ever known.

In the first book, Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties, something strange is happening at school: all the teachers are disappearing and being replaced by aunties. At first, the children don’t mind as the aunties keep feeding them delicious snacks, but it soon becomes clear something strange is going on.

Humza’s adventures continue in the World Book Day story Little Badman and the Radioactive Samosa, and in the full length novel Little Badman and the Time-Travelling Teacher of Doom.

Topics/themes: School-set story, humour, family

Books by other publishers

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Sunny and the Mysteries of Osisi by Nnedi Okorafor

Published by Cassava Republic

Sunny Nwazue, a 13-year-old and albino, is a little bit lost. She was born in New York and now lives in Nigeria, she’s good at football, and she can see into the future. In What Sunny Saw in the Flames, Sunny becomes part of a quartet with unique powers, and with her friends Orlu, Chichi and Sasha explores an exciting realm of strange creatures and dark secrets.

But when someone begins kidnapping children, and maiming or killing them, Sunny and her friends are asked to help track down the perpetrator. Sunny has to try and overcome her fears to overcome the killer, or risk the future she saw in the flames becoming reality.

In the sequel, Sunny and the Mysteries of Osisi, Sunny is settled into life and her magic powers are continuing to grow as she studies her strange Nsidi book and begins to understand her spirit face, Anyanwu. But Sunny’s destiny is to travel to the shadowy town of Osisi, where awaiting her is a battle to determine the fate of humanity.

Okorafor is a Nigerian-American author of Africanfuturism and Africanjujuism books for children and adults, and has won some of the world’s most prestigious science fiction and fantasy awards.

Topics/themes: Mythology, adventure, family, belonging

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The Girl Who Stole an Elephant by Nizrana Farook

Published by Nosy Crow

This novel is about Chaya, a no-nonsense and outspoken hero who leads her friends and a beautiful elephant through a jungle where revolution is stirring. The gang has a plan to steal the queen’s jewels, but will it be the beginning or the end for them?

Girl Who Stole an Elephant is Farook’s debut novel, and was longlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2021. The Observer review of the book said it “positively rustles with the textures of rural Sri Lanka. It introduces an author keen to write a love letter to her culture, and upend preconceptions too".

Topics/themes: Family, adventure, mystery

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Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai

Published by Walker Books

Jingwen has moved to Australia, and it’s a bit like living on Mars. He hates school, and since he doesn’t speak English, making friends is impossible. And on top of that, he’s stuck looking after his little brother Yanghao. 

To distract himself from his loneliness, Jingwen daydreams about making all the cakes on the menu of the bakery his father had planned to open before he unexpectedly passed away. But his mother has a rule: no using the oven while she’s at work. So Jingwen and Yanghao must bake in secret, and come up with more elaborate excuses to continue the dream their father started. 

Themes/topics: Grief, family, belonging, migration 

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Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda and Joshua Khan

Published by Harper Collins Children’s Books

Ash Mistry hates India, but that’s where he is after his uncle takes up a dream job with the mysterious Lord Savage in Varanasi.

Ash immediately suspects there’s something very wrong with the eccentric millionaire, and soon uncovers a plot by Lord Savage to open the Iron Gates that have kept the demon king Ravana at bay for four millennia.

Topics/themes: Mythology, family

4 book covers on a purple background: The Extraordinary Life of Serena Williams, Tall Story, Girl Woman Other and Run Rebel

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