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Nura and the Immortal Palace

Authored by M.T Khan
Published by Walker Books Ltd

Nura and the Immortal Palace is an enchanting tale that seamlessly weaves magic and important social issues, presenting them in a manner accessible and meaningful to children. The author has created a captivating world where the fantastical and the real coexist, providing young readers with both an adventurous escape and a chance to reflect on relevant societal topics.

The narrative follows the protagonist, Nura, as she embarks on a magical journey to the Immortal Palace. The author skilfully introduces readers to a world filled with wonder and enchantment, populated by mystical creatures and extraordinary landscapes. The vivid descriptions and imaginative storytelling create a captivating atmosphere that will undoubtedly capture the imagination of young readers.

What sets Nura and the Immortal Palace apart is its ability to address serious issues such as child labour in a way that is both sensitive and comprehensible for children. Through the magical elements of the story, the author introduces the concept of responsibility, teamwork, and the importance of standing up for what is right. The characters’ experiences serve as a metaphorical lens through which young readers can begin to understand the complexities of real-world issues.

The character of Nura, a relatable and resilient character, provides a strong role model for young readers. As she encounters challenges and faces moral dilemmas, children can identify with her journey of self-discovery and personal growth. The narrative not only entertains but also educates, subtly encouraging empathy and compassion.

The themes of friendship and co-operation are seamlessly integrated into the storyline, reinforcing positive values. The author successfully navigates the delicate balance between entertainment and education, ensuring that the underlying messages are neither too heavy nor too diluted for the intended audience.

The pacing of the story is well-managed, maintaining a sense of excitement throughout. The writing style is accessible yet rich in detail, allowing readers to easily immerse themselves in the magical world of Nura and her friends. The inclusion of charming illustrations complements the narrative, enhancing the overall reading experience.

In conclusion, Nura and the Immortal Palace is a delightful blend of magic and social consciousness. The author has crafted a story that engages young readers with its enchanting elements while imparting valuable lessons about responsibility, friendship, and standing up for what is right. This book is not only an entertaining read but also a meaningful exploration of important themes, making it a commendable addition to children’s literature. I really enjoyed reading this book and will be putting on the shelves of our school library for upper KS2 readers.

Winner of the Younger Readers category in the 2023 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize