The Life of Stephen Lawrence by Verna Allette Wilkins

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Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.

Full of life and potential, Stephen Lawrence was a boy with huge hopes for the future. Murdered in 1993, the book looks at prejudice, injustice and a family's fight to uncover the truth.


The Life of Stephen Lawrence by 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.

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An honest, deeply moving celebration of Stephen Lawrence's young life in simple accessible prose. It represents an outstanding achievement by Tamarind. Every primary school should have several copies Scholastic Primary Update - Best Books 2001

Verna Wilkins rises to the challenge Books for Keeps

A landmark in children's non-fiction publishing and treats a tragedy with sensitivity and quiet dignity ... Clearly written, with a definite audience and purpose, here is non fiction at its best. This book should be required reading for every primary school child -- Anne Faundez Junior Education

About the Author

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.

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80 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Tamarind Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

26th April 2012




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