Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms
Inspired by West African and Igbo history and mythology, this adventurous middle-grade fantasy debut perfect for fans of Aru Shah and Tristan Strong celebrates the triumphs and challenges of a boy finding his truth path to greatness.
As the true Descendant, I command to open
The door to Chidani; it shall be broken
Magic awaits those who seek the queen's peace
And all the suffering you feel will cease
Those who open the histories will hear a sound
What was lost has finally been found.
Cameron Battle grew up reading The Book of Chidani, cherishing stories about the fabled kingdom that cut itself off from the world to save the Igbo people from danger. Passed down over generations, the Book is Cameron's only connection to his parents who disappeared one fateful night, two years ago. Ever since, his grandmother has kept the Book locked away, but it calls to Cameron. When he and his best friends, Zion and Aliyah, decide to open it again, they are magically transported to Chidani. Instead of a land of beauty and wonder, they find a kingdom in extreme danger, as the queen's sister seeks to destroy the barrier between worlds. The people of Chidani have been waiting for the last Descendant to return and save them . . . is Cameron ready to be the hero they need?
Author: Jamar J. Perry
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Binding Type: Hardcover
Size: 8.20h x 5.80w x 1.20d
Reading Level: 4.9
Point Value: 10
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 516154 / Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms
Booklist 11/01/2021 pg. 79
Kirkus Reviews 12/01/2021
Publishers Weekly 02/07/2022
School Library Journal 04/29/2022 pg. 1
About the Author
Dr. Jamar J. Perry is a debut author who received his PhD in literacy education, language, culture, and social inquiry from the University of Maryland, College Park. Before, he taught middle school language arts for four years, where the majority of the students were Black boys. Like Cameron, he hopes that one day all Black boys can understand how magical and joyful they really are, no matter how different they may feel.