Kid’s Book Review: Story of Now

Kid’s Book Review: Story of Now

About the Book

This thought-provoking history book encourages young readers to consider their heritage.

Discover how the British Empire impacted countries and communities across the world and, most importantly, discover its impact on young people like you!
Be a part of writing our future history, and unearth the most incredible story of all – your own!

Instead of endless lists of Kings and Queens, battles and dates, this book introduces you to some of the hottest topics, ideas and experiences of real people. You will discover the forces behind the biggest empire of all time and you’ll answer some BIG questions.

Like what does it MEAN to be British?

What do people BELIEVE in?

What makes us the country we are and WHY?

Let’s start by hearing from real children all over the world; children who may have lived at different times, had different experiences, skin colours and religions BUT they have one thing in common (and so do you!) – the BRITISH EMPIRE.

Story of Now
Shelina Janmohamed

Shelina Janmohamed is the bestselling author of Love in a Headscarf, a memoir about growing up as a British Muslim woman. Her book, Generation M: Young Muslims Changing the World​, is an exploration of rising group of global Muslims who believe that faith and modernity go hand in hand, and they are going to have a disproportionate influence on our future world.

Laura Greenan is a freelance illustrator based in London. Previously she worked for over 10 years as a graphic designer before leaving to become her own boss.

Book Review

It encourages to speak up about your own story and get to know more about your family

This is a brilliant book that guided you through the British Empire, explaining about pirate raids, tea and slavery, just to name a few. However, it’s not your average history book – it doesn’t just list lots of long facts. It encourages to speak up about your own story and get to know more about your family.

The book touched onto key topics of conversation that made me consider my own views and feelings, because of how the writing was descriptive, and engaging. There were also some elements of humour which made the information easier to read and digest.

It made me realise all sorts about contrasting things, including young children in slavery, inflation and new machinery. The author shared some of her personal experiences with us which developed my understanding and thoughts even more.

I really enjoyed this book, and learnt so many new things that intrigued me and made me want to learn about my family. Every fact was really interesting and I read the book in a flash, eager to find out more.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Kirsten
  • Age: 13 years
  • Likes: swimming , netball and writing stories
  • Dislikes: cream (on its own) and unkindness
  • Favourite Book: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Favourite Song: Underdog by Alicia Keys
  • Favourite Film: Hunt for the Wilder People