Passionate about history, J.T. Williams writes to shine a light on the lives and stories of Black people in Britain. Her historical mystery series The Lizzie and Belle Mysteries is based on real-life historical figures Elizbeth Sancho and Dido Belle, who lived in Georgian London. The Lizzie and Belle Mysteries: Drama and Danger was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and is Winner of The Week Junior Children’s Book of the Year (Breakthrough) and Winner of The Diverse Book Awards (Children’s).
Attention all bookworms! Get ready to crack open ‘The Lizzie and Belle Mysteries: Drama and Danger’ as J T Williams takes you on a thrilling journey through the tales of the intriguing real-life people that inspired her to write this page-turner.
But wait, there’s more! As we explore the stories of real-life heroes, we’ll be asking some big questions: who really gets to write history? Whose voices have been left out of the pages of time? And, most importantly, how can we become history detectives and unearth the secrets of our past? Get ready to put on your thinking caps, folks!
Here’s an introduction from the author to get your class excited about the event:
The session will be focused on The Lizzie and Belle Mysteries: Drama and Danger, part of The Lizzie and Belle Mysteries series: A thrilling middle grade mystery series, perfect for fans of Robin Steven’s Murder Most Unladylike. Set in eighteenth-century London, with all the fun and zest of Hamilton and inspired by real Black British historical figures.
Released in 2022, the book was:
WINNER OF THE WEEK JUNIOR CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR: BREAKTHROUGH AWARD
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WATERSTONES 2023 CHILDREN’S BOOK PRIZE
WINNER OF THE DIVERSE BOOK AWARD FOR CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR
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Book title: The Lizzie and Belle Mysteries: Drama and Danger
Illustrator: Simone Douglas
Twelve-year-olds Lizzie Sancho and Dido Belle are from different worlds – Lizzie lives in Westminster in her dad’s tea shop, while Belle is an heiress being brought up by her aunt and uncle at grand Kenwood House – but they both share a love of solving mysteries.
And when their eyes meet in the audience of the Drury Lane theatre one night, both girls are sure they’ve seen something suspicious on stage.
Lizzie and Belle soon find themselves on the trail of a mystery – and becoming best friends. But can they work out what’s going on in time to prevent a murder?
A mystery-filled detective story for children, perfect for fans of Robin Stevens.
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
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