MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOK OF THE MONTH
Coming to England by Floella Benjamin
We may know Floella Benjamin for her work on television, in business, and in politics, but this book for children tells the story of her childhood journey from Trinidad to London. Her family was part of a whole generation of West Indians who were encouraged to move to Britain and help rebuild the country after the Second World War. As her new life in London began, Floella was shocked and distressed by the rejection she experienced. She soon realized that the only way to survive was to work twice as hard and be twice as good as anyone else. This inspirational story is a powerful reminder that courage and determination can overcome adversity.
This re-issued edition of Floella Benjamin’s classic memoir, includes a foreword by the author and some additional historical information. It is beautifully illustrated by Michael Frith.
For ages 8+