|Fantasy 10-14 years olds and 0 illustrations
Dark times are upon us. Neci is back and she is more dangerous than ever. The warriors are forced to pick a side and to stand up for what they believe in. The race is on to find the missing warrior first. It’s the only way to prevent a war from happening and to stop Neci from destroying everything. Emily Knight has to get sharper, stronger and faster because Neci has made her a target and someone is going to great lengths to hurt her. Can Emily win the race? Or will Neci take her down once and for all?
Nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2019 & winner of London’s Big Read 2019.
A. Bello was born and raised in London. She began writing the Emily Knight saga at 12 years old with the intention of filling the gaping hole in children’s fiction for an inspirational, strong, black female, young protagonist.
‘A. Bello represents the long-awaited evolution of diversity in the literature world. Creating a character like Emily Knight who provides YA readers of colour their own heroine to look up to! Really excited about this series!’
– The British Blacklist
“An exciting adventure with a wonderful heroine you can’t help but root for”
– Katherine Webber, author of Wing Jones
‘Emily Knight is back in all her brilliant, brave glory! She’s a fabulously inspirational heroine of colour, a girl who’s not afraid to take on even the most perilous of missions. Even though she’d “lost count of the nightmares she’d had since her encounter with Neci, the deadliest warrior to exist”, Emily steps-up to the mark when Neci returns, set on war and destruction, with Emily a main target.
An action-packed race against time soon kicks-off, with lively, engaging dialogue peppering the pacey plot, and some heart-warming moments of love and friendship running alongside the drama.’
‘A. Bello has written a children’s book for the 21st century. It’s representative, inclusive and plays a vital role in teaching young people that our heroes are not just one race or gender. It’s also fun, entertaining and truly imaginative. I hope others follow in A. Bello’s steps and ensures that children’s literature is more representative and culturally diverse.”
– Jared Garfield, actor
‘Where is book 3? Please don’t leave me hanging like this!’
Just Read It Book Reviews
‘ I think this is an incredibly important novel for young children to read as it highlights the importance of diversity and incredibly strong female characters. I know that in my classroom, I will definitely be recommending it to my students.’
The Contented Reader
‘If you haven’t checked out this series for you or your children then WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!? ‘
‘A fun read for children 9+. It’s great to read a fantasy novel with multicultural characters’ Fantastic Reads
‘A book that will keep teens and pre-teens happily turning the pages.’
Madhouse Family reviews
‘If you like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games’
Stressed Rach Reviews
‘The book for me created an excitement that I can only really remember J.K. Rowling doing.’
‘My daughter who is 12 absolutely loves this book. She read the first in the series ‘I am’ and was desperate to read this the second book of a trilogy. She was completely hooked by the characters and story line and has read both books super fast (Staying up all night!) because she was so gripped by the story line. Normally books take her weeks to read but this was finished in 3 days! I thoroughly recommend it.’
‘This is a great fantasy story for older mid-grade readers, teens, and anyone else that loves young adult fantasy. I love where this story is progressing and I can’t wait to read the next book. Make sure you check out the Emily Knight series.’