Yosser, a Muslim girl pictured with a hijab, and Kylie, with streaked hair, are best friends in their last year of English primary school. When Yosser becomes obsessed with Sita, Snake-Queen of Speed, the most terrifying ride at Thrill City, she and Kylie don rubber snakes--and rubber gloves to search for treasure to finance a trip. They don't find treasure, but they do find Kylie's father's missing prize ferret, stolen by a rival before the Grand Championships. They are, after all, Sita's Fearless Band of Snake-Warriors. Of perhaps greater import, what is Yosser to do about the entrance exam for secondary school? Should she do well, perhaps well enough to earn a scholarship so her family has money left over? Or fail on purpose, so she can stay with her friend? Although some of the vocabulary and details of Pakistani immigrant life in England may be unfamiliar, this simple story of friendship will resonate with American middle-grade girls who can understand her moral dilemma and identify with her passionate longing to visit an amusement park. (Fiction. 8-12) -- Kirkus Review
About the Author
Franzeska lives in the village of Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire, where she enjoys the wildlife, especially in the RSPB bird reserve. She's written over 25 books for children, and often uses shadow theatre to help people of all ages with their writing. She was Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the University of the West of Scotland in Ayr, helping students with their academic writing. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Sita, Snake Queen of Speed and There's a Hamster in my Pocket. To follow Franzeska's blog, click here Helen Bate is an exciting and versatile illustrator, who previously qualified as an architect. Her work for Frances Lincoln includes the Purple Class stories by Sean Taylor and Sita, Snake-Queen of Speed by Franzeska Ewart. She is also the publisher of Pictures to Share, a series of illustrated books for people with dementia. Her picture book ABC UK by James Dunn was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She currently lives in Cheshire.