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The Lizzie and Belle Mysteries: Drama and Danger: New for 2022, a mystery-filled detective story for children, perfect for fans of Robin Stevens!: Book 1

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This is a four-session Spelling Seed for the book The Lizzie and Belle Mysteries: Drama and Danger by J T Williams. One day, during their investigation they find themselves listening to a meeting held by the Sons and Daughters of Africa, and they figured out that the ‘shadow’ was a bounty hunter involved in the slave trade – whose name was John Wilkins. The fact that you can see the hooded figure in the background made me desperate to find out who it was and what part they played in the story. And when Lizzie’s actor father is nearly killed by a falling chandelier, they both know it wasn’t an accident. I find this quite interesting as back then there was a lot of racism and the fact that he is on stage is amazing!

Williams studied English Literature at Cambridge University before becoming a primary school teacher. Set in eighteenth-century London, with all the fun and zest of Hamilton and inspired by real Black British historical. Wilkins already knew about them and knew that they knew too much already, so he broke into the Kenwood house and stole all their case notes. It was a look at history through the eyes of young ladies who were close to my own age and thus grew my love of historical fiction.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I’m sure that we need more books where race isn’t a subject to talk about, as people need to be represented how they are and not what or who, but the time that this book is set works with the idea well. Drama and Danger is perfect for fans of the Murder Most Unladylike series by Robin Stevens and The Sinclair Mysteries by Katherine Woodfine. I heard Lizzie and Belle recommended on the radio for teenagers by a grandmother who said she couldn’t stop reading it herself. There’s an absolute bumper crop of brilliant books out this summer, but my pick has to be the first in a brand new series, The Lizzie and Belle Mysteries by JT Williams (June, Farshore).

I think this book has a great balance of humour and seriousness, which is perfect when writing a good book. Set in 1700s London, Lizzie and Belle meet unexpectedly but find they both have inquisitive minds and love solving mysteries so when Lizzie's Dad (the first black man to take to the stage in Othello) narrowly survives an attempt on his life, the girls are determined to investigate, despite all of the ways society and other people try to stop them. On the other hand, if Belle was the narrator, it wouldn’t have shown all of the family events that Lizzie goes through. There’s an absolute bumper crop of brilliant books out this summer, but my pick has to be the first in a brand new series, The Lizzie and Belle Mysteries by JT Williams (June, Farshore).It really lures you in with it’s intriguing narrative courtesy of Lizzie, and perfectly sets the scene for the mystery while. But no, Lizzie’s father is a famous actor: he has the lead role in the play that nearly ends his life. Spelling Seeds have been designed to complement Writing Roots by providing weekly, contextualised sequences of sessions for the teaching of spelling that include open-ended investigations and opportunities to practise and apply within meaningful and purposeful contexts, linked (where relevant) to other areas of the curriculum and a suggestion of how to extend the investigation into home learning.

It also emphasises rights for Black people, so I think it will be a good story to be shared during Black History Month. Lizzie was part of a proud African family, whereas Belle lived with her aunt Betty (Lady Mansfield) and Uncle William (Lord Mansfield). Join our community to get personalised book suggestions, extracts straight to your inbox, 10% off RRPs, and to change children’s lives. The support and passion within the Black community (and Lizzie’s own family) is brilliantly depicted, shot through as it is with sadness about their brothers and sisters who are still in slavery. The three main settings are Lizzie’s house (a café) where there are many visitors and it is warm, snug and usually busy.My favourite character out of the two is Belle, for she forgives Lizzie when she wants to do the mystery her way. Ebooks fulfilled through Glose cannot be printed, downloaded as PDF, or read in other digital readers (like Kindle or Nook). Now it is time for Lizzie and Belle to put their sleuthing skills to the ultimate test, following a trail of thefts, kidnappings and even poisonings that haunts the twisting London streets. Before children can watch the play, a mysterious and tragic incident occurs to the star of the show - Ignatius Sancho - and a mysterious note is discovered.

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