Aziza absolutely LOVEs fairies. She’s even named after a type of fairy from West African folk tales.
Then, on Aziza’s birthday, a mysterious gift arrives. It’s a secret fairy door which will transport her to Shimmerton, a magical land where unicorn shopkeepers and fairy princesses live. But when the precious jewelled doorknob is taken Aziza is left trapped in this mysterious land where mischief lies around every corner. With new friends by her side, can she make it home to her family?
This is a magical tale which is perfect for younger readers. Not only is Aziza an endearing main character, but the adventure she goes on is exciting and will keep the reader engaged as they go on the journey with her.
Today, I have an exclusive blog post from Lola Morayo, author of this wonderful tale, explaining why Aziza is perfect for everyone 🧚🏾♀️
Why Aziza is for Everyone & Who is my Favourite Fictional Fairy?
This Thursday, Aziza’s Secret Fairy Door was released into the world, all glittery wings and fairy dust!
This highly illustrated novel for readers aged 6+ is co-written by Jasmine Richards and Tọlá Okogwu, who together, write as Lola Morayo, with brilliant illustrations by Cory Reid.
In this story, our main character, Aziza, is given a secret fairy door on her birthday and is then transported to a whole new world… the magical kingdom of Shimmerton! When some naughty fairies steal the door’s magical doorknob, Aziza can’t get home. If you want to find out what happens next, well… the book is out now!
We are excited to share Aziza’s story with readers and hope that teachers, parents and kids will love it too!
Aziza’s story of adventure and magic is for everyone and its themes are universal, but it was important to all of us that we create a series with a cast of characters that felt more representative of the society we live in. Of the 9,115 children’s titles published in 2017, only 4% featured Black, Asian Minority Ethnic characters. Only 1% of those books had any lead characters of colour. The numbers are improving every year, but there is still a huge gap when it comes to the quantity and quality of representation in children’s books.
Inclusivity in children’s fiction matters. If young readers from under-represented backgrounds continue to not see themselves in books, then they will choose other media that reflects them better. These same children are less likely to grow up to be authors and the cycle of under-representation continues. Representation, or the lack of it, affects all of us. Children exposed to different cultures, viewpoints and backgrounds grow up to understand the world better and change the world for the better.
For these reasons, we write and draw the characters that we didn’t get to see when we were growing up.
Aziza’s Secret Fairy Door has all the ingredients of a classic fantasy adventure. Tales of trying to get back home have been around for generations, with Alice and Wonderlandand The Chronicles of Narnia being obvious examples. With Aziza’s Secret Fairy Door, we have a Black female protagonist at the very centre of action and discovery – she gets to have a fantasy adventure just like everyone else.
Fairies represent a freedom and confidence to be yourself. They have an enduring appeal – you only need to look at the success of the Rainbow Magicseries. Jasmine the Present Fairy is a favourite, for obvious reasons perhaps! Jasmine actually worked as a Junior Editor on this series, and she was always so impressed with how it kept children reading. Series fiction is so important to build that reading muscle from a young age and we hope Aziza will help to do just that. We’ve already had some great feedback from teachers!
Aziza is a character who can hold her own, representing a new generation of fairies who will have brand new adventures and solve them in brand new ways. We think you’re going to love her! We certainly do.
If you think this book is for you and love the sound of it, buy it here.
📚 Book gifted by publisher
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