Books

The Life of Stephen Lawrence

Verna Allette Wilkins

Stephen Lawrence was a bright, athletic, young man with high hopes for the future. He lived in south-east London with his parents, younger brother and younger sister. On 22 April 1993, he was brutally murdered while he was waiting for the bus. He was eighteen years old.

He didn't know his killers; his killers didn't know him.

This is his story. He will be remembered.

This paperback edition revised with added material about the trial, the legacy of Stephen Lawrence and a final note from Doreen Lawrence.

David Grant

Verna Allette Wilkins

David Grant and his wife Carrie are the best known pop vocal coaches in the UK. Their client list includes Take That, Spice Girl Melanie C., Lemar, Will Young and numerous others. David also had a music career of his own, and has won a MOBO Award and been nominated for a Brit Award. This book follows the life of the young David, a boy who loves music and reading. He overcomes a daunting move from Jamaica to post-war Britain, a near-fatal car crash, dull jobs and unsuccessful auditions with hard work and determination.

Rudolph Walker Biography

Verna Allette Wilkins (and others)

The life story of Rudolph Walker, an actor whose career on stage and television in the UK spans 42 years. Includes photographs, illustrations and exclusive interviews. Rudolph was born in Trinidad in the Caribbean. When he was only 20 years old he left the island for London, to embark on a career in theatre. He is best known for his role as Patrick in EastEnders but worked on many popular TV series including Love Thy Neighbour, The Thin Blue Line, Black Silk and The Crouches. He has appeared on stage at the Old Vic, the Young Vic, the Tricycle, the Royal Court and the Theatre Royal among others.

Malorie Blackman Biography

Verna Allette Wilkins (and others)

This book tells Malorie's story, from her school years and business studies at university to her career in computing and her family life. It includes an interview and the journey to becoming a successful writer.

The History of the Steel Band

Michael La Rose (and others)

The steel pan is the only musical instrument to have been invented in the 20th century.

The story begins in Trinidad, in the Caribbean, where the people first begin to use all kinds of metal objects to make music. They collected a wide variety of assorted tins and shaped them and tuned them until they were turned into musical instruments. From Trinidad, the mighty steel orchestra has spread across the world.

Includes a CD of Sterling's Angels (children's steel band led by Pan Maestro Sterling Betancourt) playing a range of music.

Hurricane

Verna Allette Wilkins (and others)

Troy and Nina are sent home early from school because of a hurricane warning. Instead of going straight home, they stop to visit a friend. They get caught up in the terrible storm and don't get home until well after dark.

This exciting adventure vividly brings to life the effects of a hurricane on a small tropical island. A great cross-over title for the classroom as a tool for discussing weather and its devastating effects.

The Life of Stephen Lawrence

Verna Allette Wilkins (and others)

Stephen Lawrence was a bright, athletic, young man with high hopes for the future. He lived in south east London with his parents, younger brother and younger sister. On April 22nd 1993, he was brutally murdered while he was waiting for the bus. He was eighteen years old. He didn't know his killers; his killers didn't know him.

This is his story. He will be remembered.

Biography

Verna Wilkins is the author of 30 picture books and biographies for young people. Her books have featured on National Curriculum and BBC children's television, and been chosen among the Children's Books of the Year. She was born in Grenada and lives in London.