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Kakuma Girls: Sharing Stories Of Hardship And Hope From Kakuma Refugee Camp

Clare Morneau is a 17-year-old author and speaker who lives in Toronto and is committed to working for real change.  As a student at Havergal College, she founded the Kakuma Toronto Girls Education Partnership. This illuminating book is a compilation of letters of hardship and hope from the girls in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya to girls at a high school in Canada.  The Kakuma girls have incredible hopes and dreams for their future.  They are fighting for their education and will do anything to go to university.  They dream of becoming doctors, engineers, pilots, or journalists and improving their families’ lives.  The book includes beautiful photographs, maps, a chronology, a glossary, and a list of ways to get involved. mjw
Title: Kakuma Girls: Sharing Stories Of Hardship And Hope From Kakuma Refugee Camp
Author: Clare Morneau and contributors
Publisher
: Barlow Books, Toronto
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-988025-14-8
Hardcover pages
: 184
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Nonfiction, Information Book
Book setting
: Kenya
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Toronto
Subjects
: Refugee children. Refugees, Sudan, Women

Ruby In The Ruins

Ruby’s dad is a soldier during the London blitz.  Ruby and her mum cling to each other while they wait for dad to come home.  When he finally returns, Ruby doesn’t recognize him. She would rather play outside in the wreckage of the bombings.  But when Ruby hurts her knee, dad cleans and bandages the wound.  He makes her feel all right and suggests that maybe she should play in the park instead of in the ruins.  Ink, gouache, and watercolor illustrations perfectly complement the text. Endpapers with authentic wartime advertisements add a nice touch.  mjw
Title: Ruby In The Ruins
Author: Shirley Hughes
Illustrator
: Shirley Hughes
Publisher
: Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-7636-92377
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book, Historical Fiction
Book setting
: London, England
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: West London
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: West London
Awards
: Author/illustrator has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice
Subjects
: England, London, Military, Veterans, World War II

Lucy And The Dragonfly

Lucy lives in the yellow house on the hill, at the end of the lane, in a village filled with lakes and forests, on a big continent, on a blue planet.  When Lucy smiles, the sun smiles.  She can feel the Earth’s heart beating, inside her heart.  The wind tells her all the bad things that humans are doing to the planet.  When the planet gets sick, Lucy’s tears travel from the wings of a dragonfly all across the planet to a boy named Tama who also knows how to listen to the whispers of the wind.  Lucy’s story spreads across the globe, everyone does their part to heal the Earth, and hope is born.  Soft illustrations complement the story about climate change.  mjw
Title: Lucy And The Dragonfly
Author: Lucie Papineau
Illustrator
: Caroline Hamel
Publisher
: Auzou Publishing. Paris, France
Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-2-7338-5620-8
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Quebec
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Montreal
Subjects
: Climate Change, Green living, Recycling

Whisper Of The East: Tales From Arabia

This magical collection of six folk stories from the fascinating world of the East contains The Secret of the Black Dress from Arabia, Jamil and Jamila from Syria, The Fisherman and the Djinn adapted from A Thousand and One Nights, The Little Camel from Palestine, The Old Pair of Shoes from Arabia, and The Fisherman and the Mermaid from Arabia.  The illustrations in red and teal are reminiscent of screen-printing.  This interactive book concludes with a glossary, a map of the Middle East, suggestions for making your own fairytales, the Arabic script, and drawing and painting ideas.  The final endpapers represent a fairytale alphabet in English and Arabic. mjw
Title: Whisper Of The East: Tales From Arabia
Author: Franziska Meiners
Illustrator
: Franziska Meiners
Publisher
: North South Books, Inc. New York
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: German
Translator
: David Henry Wilson
Original Title
: Das Flustern des Orients
Original Publisher
: NordSud Verlag AG. Zurich, Switzerland
Original Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-0-7358-4323-3
Hardcover pages
: 112
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Fiction, Short Stories, Folktales
Book setting
: Arabia, Syria, Palestine
Author’s ethnicity
: German
Author’s residence
: Cologne
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: German
Illustrator’s residence
: Cologne
Subjects
: Fairytales and folklore, Middle East, Storytelling

How To Be A Lion

Leonard, a gentle lion, and Marianne, a poetic duck, are best friends.  They are perfectly happy going for long walks and having philosophical talks.  One day, a pride of fierce lions comes prowling around and they question whether it’s right for a lion and a duck to be friends.  Leonard learns that there are many ways to be a lion and that it is not necessary to be fierce and chomp your friends!  This sweet and thoughtful story stresses the importance of being yourself and not backing down to criticism.  Simple, soothing drawings emphasize this exceptional friendship. mjw
Title: How To Be A Lion
Author: Ed Vere
Illustrator
: Ed Vere
Publisher
: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-525-57806-2
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: London
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: London
Subjects
: Bullies, Ducks, Lions, Poetry

My Name Is Victoria

This is an engaging alternate history for fans of Queen Victoria (1819-1901).  Miss V. Conroy joins the household of the Duchess of Kent and Princess Victoria at Kensington Palace at age ten.  Miss V. is to be Victoria’s companion and also a spy for the both loving and cruel John Conroy, the comptroller of the household. Princess Victoria lives in the palace under the Kensington System, which is designed to keep her isolated and obedient, under the strict control of all the adults around her.  The second half of the story follows the two girls between the ages of about 16 and 18.  As their friendship deepens and Prince Albert arrives on the scene, the very complex situation leads to a surprising ending.  The story is accurate enough to feel plausible. mjw
Title: My Name Is Victoria
Author: Lucy Worsley
Publisher
: Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Bloomsbury Publishing, U.K.
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-0-7636-8807-3
Hardcover pages
: 384
Age range
: 14 up
Genre
: Historical Fiction, Biography
Book setting
: England
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: London
Subjects
: Female friendships, Princesses, Queen Victoria (1819-1901) childhood and youth, Siblings

The Tiger’s Egg

A grumpy tiger named Herman doesn’t like the noisy zoo.  One day, a blue egg rolls down between Herman’s paws.  He decides to look after it until someone comes. “Nobody will dare lay a claw on a tiger egg.”  He builds a nest for it and the egg  starts to crack.  Out comes a tiny, hungry, wet bird with enormous feet.  Herman brings food and teaches the tiny bird to ROAR, though it’s more of a TWEET. This tale of family, differences, and the power of love is enhanced with brightly colored illustrations. mjw
Title: The Tiger’s Egg
Author: Nele Bronner
Illustrator
: Nele Bronner
Publisher
: NorthSouth
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: German
Translator
: David Henry Wilson
Original Title
: Das Tigerei
Original Publisher
: NordSud Verlag  AG,CH. Zurich, Switzerland
Original Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-0-7358-4319-6
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: German
Author’s residence
: Berlin
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: German
Illustrator’s residence
: Berlin
Subjects
: Eggs, Tigers, Zoo animals