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The Lion Above the Door – Free Teaching Resources

From Onjali Q. Rauf, the award-winning and best-selling author of The Boy at the Back of the Class, comes an incredible story about missing histories and the concept of a universal family, told with humour and heart.

Leo and his best friend Sangeeta are the odd ones out in their school. But as Leo’s dad is always telling him, it’s because they’re special. Only thing is, if they’re so special, how come they never see anyone who looks like them in their school history books?

Then, on a class trip to a nearby cathedral, Leo’s attention is drawn to a large marble slab high above the doors of the hall. Right there, bang in the middle of a list of war heroes, Leo finds himself staring at something incredible: his own name.

Desperate to know who this other Leo was, the two friends embark on a search. And together, they begin to uncover missing stories from the past, ones which they are determined to put back into their rightful place in the pages of history.

Touching on themes of historical racism, The Lion Above the Door shines a light on the stories our history books have yet to contain and the power of friendships that can last through generations.

Download The Lion Above the Door Teaching Resources here.

Suitable for: Ages 9–11
Includes: Extracts from the text + corresponding discussion questions and activities

Themes: History, forgotten stories, racism, historical racism, World War Two, bullying, friendship, justice, equality, identity, family.

 

Discover teaching resources for all of Onjali’s books:

 

The Boy at the Back of the Class

 

The Star Outside my Window

 

The Night Bus Hero