5 Pre-Teen African Story Books for under Sh230
A child who Reads books will become an adult who Thinks. When you read books to your child or they read for themselves, you can go anywhere. Camping, Outer space, Swimming or Even to the market- the possibilities are endless.
Books also offer life lessons and relatable characters that children see themselves in. Wondering what to get your pre-teen reading? These five books by African authors are a great place to start.
Silence is Shame by Philo Ikonya
Price: Sh195 (Buy Here)
Saidia’s plight is one many of us can identify with.
Saidia is travelling by bus when the driver starts driving carelessly. All the other passengers are unhappy but don’t say anything. Saidia doesn’t know whether to do the right thing by telling on the reckless bus driver, or just risking her life in order not to get kicked off the bus. What will she do?
A Note for Alice by Mureithi Maina
Price: Sh180 (Buy Here)
Indeche finds himself in an awkward situation. Davis, a teenage boy gives him gifts and a letter to take to his sister, Alice. Out of curiosity, Indeche reads the note that Davis has written to Alice. He discovers Davis’ bad intention and develops a habit of telling lies both at home and to Davis as a way of protecting his sister. Will Davis discover that Indeche has been cheating him? What will Indeche do to conceal his lie?
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero
A Taste of Bitterness by Merceline Kakoro
In A Taste of Bitterness, Imelda is confronted with very tough choices. On one hand, there are the classmates who expect her to join them in bullying other students in school and on the other, she doesn’t want to spoil her relationship with the school because her mother works there as a cleaner to raise her fees. What will Imelda do? Momentarily, her mother is accused of stealing and she is arrested. Investigations reveal that it is the mother of Imelda’s best friend that actually committed the crime.
Will Imelda keep their friendship?
The Green Gift by Diane Omondi
It is time for us to plant more trees in our county. Sam wants to plant as many trees as possible but the ground is so hard.
Will he plant the required number of trees and win a prize?
“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
― Haruki Murakami,
Ties That Do Not Bind by Sarah Ambiyo
Chule’s family is much respected because Lichina, her father, owns almost everything in the village, including the only school and church. When the government starts feeding the poor community’s hungry children through a school feeding programme, Lichina’s school is the only centre that can be used. After being told in the eye by friends that her father is a thief, fate confirms this as Chule herself catches her father and the chief in the act of stealing food meant for the school feeding programme.
What will Chule do after witnessing this crime?