Rida and Madiya: A Bloomsbury Reader

Rida and Madiya: A Bloomsbury Reader

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Niyla Farook, illus Umair Najeeb Khan


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Book Band: Dark Red, ideal for ages 10+.   An uplifting story about family and overcoming differences, written by debut author Niyla Farook. Rida and Madiya may have the same mum, but that's about all they have in common. They argue about everything, and when they find out the local library is in trouble, their competition over who can raise the most money only ends up making things worse between them! Working together might be the only way to save the library, but can the sisters put their differences aside to do it?  This heart-warming story of siblinghood features beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Umair Najeeb Khan. 

The Bloomsbury Readers series is packed with book-banded stories to get children reading independently in Key Stage 2 by award-winning authors like double Carnegie Medal winner Geraldine McCaughrean and Waterstones Prize winner Patrice Lawrence. With engaging illustrations and online guided reading notes written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), this series is ideal for home and school. For more information visit www.bloomsburyreaders.com.



Rida and Madiya are sisters but don't really see eye to eye. However, when the future of the local library is threatened, can the girls work together to try to save it? This is from the Bloomsbury Reader's collection - stories that are reviving school book band schemes with interesting stories that reflect the modern world we live in. What is important about this book is the society reflected in it; a blended family, a librarian who uses 'they' as their pronoun and many cultures feature. It's an easy read, most of the book is about everyday life which will make it accessible to lots of children.

96 pages / Reviewed by Lizi, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 9+


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