Top Texts for February 2023

Dan Northover has chosen some fab Fantasy texts for KS2

Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun

by Tola Okogwu

I absolutely loved this fast-paced first-in-a-series book that is everything that you could want from a superhero story! Spanning the UK and Nigeria, the British-Nigerian Onyeka is an absolutely outstanding character who drives the plot throughout the story – bring on the next book!

The Worlds We Leave Behind

by A.F. Harrold and illustrated by Levi Pinfold

This is one of those books that I often find myself thinking of – it really stayed with me! I’m a big fan of A.F. Harrold’s writing and this book is a cracker – dark, unsettling and certainly thought-provoking! Centred on poor decisions and how consequences can be far-reaching, I’d highly recommend this one for those who like a bit of creepy mystery!

Rebel Skies

by Ann Sei Lin

This book is marketed as YA but I really think it is perfect for those more mature Year 5/6 readers. The world building centred around warring clans and the unique paper-crafting abilities of Crafters and their control of Shikigami and is absolutely astounding and I love how many questions were left unanswered, ready for the next books! An absolute must for fans of Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines quartet.

Dan Northover

About this month's reviewer

Senior Lecturer at UWE Bristol