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A rejacketed, revised edition. This remains the only children's book in the market and the only book that celebrates the life of Stephen Lawrence.

Stephen Lawrence was a bright, athletic, young man with high hopes for the future. He lived in south-east London with his parents, younger brother and younger sister. On 22 April 1993, he was brutally murdered while he was waiting for the bus. He was eighteen years old.

He didn't know his killers; his killers didn't know him.

This is his story. He will be remembered.

This paperback edition revised with added material about the trial, the legacy of Stephen Lawrence and a final note from Doreen Lawrence and a message from the CEO of the Stephen Lawrence Trust.

Reviews

Verna Allette Wilkins describes the events of Stephen's childhood sensitively, incorporating within the narrative, powerful personal memories of Stephen and his family, friends and teachers. This book is an honest, deeply moving celebration of Stephen Lawrence's young life in simple accessible prose. It represents an outstanding achievement by Tamarind. Every primary school should have several copies.

Scholastic Primary Update - Best Books 2001

It may seem brutal, but nonetheless true, to observe that it is Stephen Lawrence's death rather than his life that has made his name famous. It is also true that it was the very ordinariness of his short life that underscored the tragedy of his death. To write a book dealing with his life therefore presents a special challenge to any author... Verna Wilkins rises to the challenge.

Books for Keeps

Verna Wilkins' Life of Stephen Lawrence is a landmark in children's non-fiction publishing and treats a tragedy with sensitivity and quiet dignity. What comes across in the ordinariness of the life she portrays. Ordinary - in the sense that this is a story of a young boy with the feelings, experiences and aspirations of any young person growing up in Britain today. But what sets Stephen's life apart is that it was to end so violently, after a racist attack on the night of 22 April 1993, when he was just 18 years old. The book is the celebration of that young life. Each chapter examines a memorable moment in Stephen's development -from first faltering steps in babyhood to a school trip to the beach and end-of-term work experience. The text is powerful; creating a fully rounded character with a passion for music, exceptional ability in art and maths, and surrounded by loving family and friends. A sombre refrain punctuates the chapters, continually reminding the reader of the tragedy to come. The text is complimented by a range of finely executed drawings and concludes with a summary of the Macpherson Report and a list of useful addresses. Clearly written, with a definite audience and purpose, here is non fiction at its best. This book should be required reading for every primary school child.

Anne Faundez, Junior Education

RALIC resources officer, Chris Routh, and director of INSET, Pru Goodwin were privileged to attend a remarkable book event in April. Chris Routh writes: This term we were invited to such an event: the launch of a book to celebrate the life of Stephen Lawrence. Our expectations that this was going to be an important and extraordinary occasion were fully realised.

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781848531055

    July 15, 2012

    Tamarind

    80 pages

    RRP $18.99

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  • The Life of Stephen Lawrence
    Verna Allette Wilkins

    Hardback

    9781870516587

    April 15, 2008

    Tamarind

    48 pages

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  • EBook

    9781446498477

    April 26, 2012

    RHCP Digital

    80 pages

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