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 or book addicts if you like with a bit of a thing for getting others to catch the reading bug☺. 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 Channel 4, Steph's Packed Lunch, BBC Look East, Northampton Chronicle & Echo, Daily Express, Daily Mirror or even in The WeekJnr magazine. Whichever way, we're sure by now, you get the idea that we are mad about books.
And that is why after having published our books, we decided to launch a book subscription box for kids 8-14 years old. The mission? The vision? To promote literacy and diversity in middle-grade literature. Happier Every Chapter, is the ideal book subscription box for tween or young teen bookworms!
OUR JOURNEY. OUR COMMUNITY. OUR HIGHLIGHTS.
Sagas of Anya by Kirsten Mbawa
What would you do if you had to become a maid at thirteen working for a nasty housekeeper? After her mam dies, 12yr old Anya watches as her once loving tad turns to drink. Things hit a new low the next year and Anya is forced to travel from Victorian Cardiff to London to become a scullery maid at Tippets House, under the watchful eye and cruel hand of Mrs. Axton.
Spirited and bright, Anya makes friends and some enemies too. Will she survive and find a loving place to belong again or will this life of drudgery be forever? Anya's story will grab you and keep you until the last word.
Fans of historical fiction will not be able to put this down.
Land of the Nurogons by Aiyven Mbawa
I, Hayden Smith, never considered myself to be the ‘chosen one’. I thought I was your average high school kid. But, no, of course I was completely wrong. And I have a sneaking suspicion that however much I tried to avoid my fate, I’d end up in the same place, Nurogonia.
And now a bloke called Sosiri plans to turn the world of Nurogonia into something unimaginable. If he succeeds, we’re all dead. It’s my problem to prevent that. All those deaths would be on my hands. And if I fail? Oh, never mind, I won’t be alive to find out.
Love middle-grade fantasy? Harry Potter? Percy Jackson? You'll love this!
Happier Every Chapter Subscription Box
There's nothing quite like getting stuck in a good book or two. Or knowing that, you don't have to fear running out of good books to read.
Meet Happier Every Chapter. The book subscription box every tween or young teen bookworm needs. Created to promote literacy and diversity in middle-grade literature, our boxes have been dubbed as "a monthly box of bookish bliss & treats for kids 8-14."
Boxes come with 2 bestselling books (including a diverse read), 2 short stories, activity sheets, author goodies, 4-6 awesome lifestyle items and access to a members only community for live author interviews etc. Parents and kids alike.
OUR JOURNEY. OUR COMMUNITY. OUR HIGHLIGHTS.
From March 2019 when the book reviews started, there's been a steady growth in our social media following telling of the need for literacy promotion & book recommendations.
The book reviews now happen monthly on Facebook, YouTube & Linkedin and where possible the author(s) whose books have been featured in that month's subscription box will be invited for a Live Author Interview . Check out the blog for updates.
Support for the book reviews, our recently published books & upcoming subscription box has been phenomenal. For that, we cannot say enough thanks.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions or comments about literacy promotion for children and we will do our best to help. If you have any particularly interesting books you want us to review/have in the box please do not hesitate to let us know. Lets create a community of readers!
The absolute highlight has been our BBC Look East TV appearance in Jun '20 talking about our books. Since then, we have also been on BBC Three Counties Radio, The WeekJnr, Daily Express/Mirror & a number of blogs.
Charity really did begin at home for us with the Northampton Chronicle & Echo featuring us for World Book Day 2020 during the height of our Kickstarter campaign! We remain always grateful for the support we have received.
Channel 4 Steph's Packed Lunch Small Business Market
We couldn't have been more thrilled to have been invited to appear on Channel 4's Steph's Packed Lunch Small Business Market. To top it all off, we got to meet people like Alan Johnson and Oti Mabuse. You can read more the day in this blog post or watch the vlog we did for the event.
It was amazing to showcase, Happier Every Chapter, our small business alongside other kidpreneurs who had been invited to the show.