Kid’s Book Review: Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms

Kid’s Book Review: Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms

About the Book and Author

Cameron Battle grew up reading The Book of Chidani, cherishing stories about the fabled kingdom that cut itself off from the world to save the Igbo people from danger. Passed down over generations, the Book is Cameron’s only connection to his parents, who disappeared one fateful night two years ago. Ever since, his grandmother has kept the Book locked away, but it calls to Cameron. When he and his best friends, Zion and Aliyah, decide to open it again, they are magically transported to Chidani.

Instead of a land of beauty and wonder, they find a kingdom in extreme danger, as the queen’s sister seeks to destroy the barrier between worlds. The people of Chidani have been waiting for the last Descendant to return and save them … but is Cameron ready to be the hero they need? Inspired by West African and Igbo history and mythology, this adventure-filled fantasy introduces readers to Cameron Battle as he begins his journey to greatness.

Jamar J Perry is a professional at a University in the USA. Whilst studying for his Ph.D at the University of Maryland, College Park, Jamar’s research focused on Black boys, the history of traditional and Black masculinity in America, and racial literacy. With this renewed research focus, he began to write again, writing stories for the type of reader he always wanted to engage: reluctant readers, Black boys who needed to understand that they were magic, that they could also have joy, that they could be vulnerable and emotional, that they could be the hero in their own stories.

Book Review

There were so many awesome things about this book

I enjoyed the concept of this fantasy world (Chidani), a world cut off from others and with a barrier to stop other people noticing it. Cameron grew up reading about Chidani but didn’t realise it was real. I loved that Cameron and his friends got sucked into Chidani through a book!

I really loved that this book gets straight to the action with attacks from the MMO (undead monsters) and lots of fight scenes. I also loved that Cameron and his friends learn Dambe to help fight off the queen’s evil sister’s army. Dambe is really cool, the world slows down but to other people you are attacking really quickly. Mindbending! There were so many awesome things about this book, I liked when the helper God (Agbala) pushed the book into Cameron and he became the book. I’m probably not describing it very well so you should definitely read for yourself, the author does a better job than me.

If you love fantasy adventures with loads of action and have an interest in history you’ll find this book really intriguing and enjoyable. I read this in one day because I loved it so much!

I’m looking forward to reading Cameron Battle and the Escape Trials when it comes out later this year.

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Reviewer Profile

Jonah young reviewer
  • Name: Jonah
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: Watching YouTube, Lego and reading
  • Dislikes: Homework, chores and mushrooms
  • Favourite Book: Adventures on Trains by M.G.Leonard
  • Favourite Song: Wonderwall by Oasis
  • Favourite Film: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban