Welcome! We are Kirsten and Aiyven of Mbawa Books. We live in Northampton with our parents, youngest sister Kaitlyn, pet cat Zaki and pet pigeon Gus. Its fair to say we are voracious readers and book reviewers. Sagas of Anya by Kirsten & Land Of The Nurogons by Aiyven are our debut middle-grade novels. Our books started life as entries to the 2019 BBC 500 Words writing contest. Even though we weren't successful, we turned our entries into middle-grade novels which are now on sale on Amazon & our website.
You may have watched our reviews of children, middle-grade or young adult books on YouTube, Facebook or Instagram. Or you may have seen us on BBC Look East or even in The WeekJnr magazine. Whichever way, we're sure by now, you get the idea that we are mad about books.
ABOUT OUR BOOKS
OUR JOURNEY. OUR COMMUNITY. OUR HIGHLIGHTS.
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Empowering & inspiring!
empowering and inspiring girls✌️" Read More
A joy to watch
"These young ladies are a joy to listen too! They do a great job with their reviews and have an obvious passion for books! I recommend them highly!"
Interesting, funny & detailed
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Bubble of joy and positivity
What a bubble of joy and positivity these two reviewers are. As well as reviewing such a terrific variety of books, they give so much time and attention to providing a detailed review, and encourage kids and adults alike to read widely. Big hearts, fantastic vision and avid readers, Mbawa Book Reviewers are highly recommended.
Relatable Reviews kids will love
Hi everyone! I absolutely love these beautiful young ladies and was fortunate enough to receive reviews for my children's book, Go-Cart Gertie. The girls read the book live on their site and discussed what lessons were found within the storyline. In addition, the girls are truly relatable with other children and share their viewpoints on each book they review. I definitely recommend checking them out!
Meet the Team
In addition to the amazing community of supporters, there's no way all of this could have done without the help of our wider family but most especially our parents. So here's the team behind Mbawa Books. Mum & Dad both work as freelance IT Consultants & have been an immense source of support throughout the process of building our literacy brand. From camera man/woman, proof reader, not to mention cook, cleaner, driver and parent you name it, they've been it.
Kaitlyn our little sister, has been an inspiration in the the way she fearlessly takes up space and doesn't shy away from expressing herself! She is a supercharged bundle of fun and we love her so. For sure, before long, she'll have her own books out too.
The launch of a book subscription box for tweens in October 2020 is very exciting indeed. We can't wait to share with you what's in store for the fantastic community of readers this is going to be. So, for all you 8-14 year old bookworms, watch this space😍
As for writing, with homage to historical fiction out of the way, Kirsten plans to throw the boundaries of time and place to the wind by writing dystopian fiction for her next book. Will Land Of The Nurogons become a series for Aiyven? Who knows. Watch the space after the publication of Aiyven's next book, possibly a short story collection.