This heart-warming and heartfelt debut picture book from multi-award-winning author Patrice Lawrence introduces the struggles and achievements of a generation of African Caribbeans who traveled across the Atlantic to call a new country home.
Ava is asked to dress up as an inspirational figure for her school assembly, but who should she choose? Granny suggests famous familiar figures such as Winifred Atwell, Mary Seacole, and Rosa Parks, and tells Ava all about their fascinating histories, but Ava’s classmates have already claimed them-and she must choose someone else. But who?
When Ava finds a mysterious old suitcase and Granny shares her own history, and how she came to England on the Empire Windrush many years ago. She tells her story through the precious items that accompanied her on the original voyage, each one evoking a memory of home. As Ava listens to how Granny built a life for herself in England-determined to stay against the odds and despite overwhelming homesickness-she realizes that there is a hero very close to home-her very own brave and beloved granny.
“A loving family story that pays tribute to the often unseen but no less powerful moments of courage.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This book is a heart-warming, intergenerational account of the Windrush experience, told with love and attention to detail by Patrice Lawrence and stunningly brought to life with Camilla Sucre’s beautiful artwork. An absolute must-have for any collection.” —Dapo Adeola, author of Hey You!: An Empowering Celebration of Growing Up Black