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Buried Beneath The Baobab Tree

Based on interviews with young women who were kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014, this powerful novel tells the story of young YaTa and her dreams that became nightmares.  The terrorist group attacked her village and killed most of her family.  Before the abduction, she had a promising future of getting a university scholarship and becoming a teacher.  The book is written in poetic vignettes that tell how the girls were forced to follow their captors’ radical beliefs.  The narrator was forced to marry a man who used her for her body. But she refused to be brainwashed.  An enlightening afterword by Italian journalist Viviana Mazza gives more information about the kidnapping.  References and resources are also included. mjw
Title: Buried Beneath The Baobab Tree
Author: Adobe Tricia Nwaubani
Publisher
: Harper Collins Publishers
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-06-269672-4
Hardcover pages
: 336
Age range
: 14 up
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Nigeria
Author’s ethnicity
: Nigerian
Author’s residence
: Abuja, Nigeria
Subjects
: Africa, Girls, Human rights, Prejudice and racism, Survival, Violence

Mangoes, Mischief, And Tales Of Friendship: Stories From India

This book includes eight original trickster tales inspired by traditional Indian folktales. Ten-year-old Prince Veera and his best friend, Suku, are given the opportunity to preside over King Bheema’s court.  They have to deal with a greedy merchant who charges people for enjoying the smells of his sweets. They also have to settle a dispute between a man and his neighbor to whom he sells a well – but not the water in it. Veera and Suku manage to outsmart the King’s trickiest subjects and how to be wise and just. The clever, black and white illustrations are done in acrylic, poster color, and watercolor. mjw
Title: Mangoes, Mischief, And Tales Of Friendship: Stories From India
Author: Chitra Soundar
Illustrator
: Uma Krishnaswamy
Publisher
: Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
Original Title:  A Dollop Of Ghee And A Pot Of Wisdom
and A Jar Of Pickles And A Pinch Of Justice
Original Copyright
: 2010 and 2016 in the U.K.
ISBN
: 978-1-5362-0067-6
Hardcover pages
: 192
Age range
: 6-9
Genre
: Fiction, Folktales, Short stories
Book setting
: India
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: London
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Indian
Illustrator’s residence
: Chennai, London 
Subjects
: Asia, Bravery, Folktales, Justice, Myths, Royalty, Short stories, Trickster tales

Astrid The Unstoppable

Nicknamed “the little thunderbolt,” ten-year-old Astrid likes to spend her days skiing, sledding, singing, and drinking hot chocolate with her grumpy best friend and godfather, Gunnvald.  She is the only child living in the village of Glimmerdal and she wishes there were other children in the town.  When two children unexpectedly show up, and then another strange woman appears, Astrid’s life suddenly gets very exciting.  This hilarious book will charm fans of Pippi Longstocking and Heidi. A map of Glimmerdal sets the scene. mjw
Title: Astrid The Unstoppable
Author: Maria Parr
Illustrator
: Katie Harnett
Publisher
: Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Norwegian
Translator
: Guy Puzey
Original Title
: Tonje Glimmerdal
Original Publisher
: Det Norske Samlaget. Oslo
Original Copyright
: 2009
ISBN
: 978-1-5362-0017-1
Hardcover pages
: 320
Age range
: 9-12
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Norway
Author’s ethnicity
: Norwegian
Author’s residence
: Norway
Translator’s ethnicity
: Grew up in Scotland
Translator’s residence
: Scotland
Subjects
: Girls, Humor, Norway, Rural children, Songs

The Bridge Home

Eleven-year-old Viji and her younger sister Rukku who has intellectual and developmental disabilities have run away into the harsh streets of Chennai to get away from their abusive father.  The girls find shelter and friends on an abandoned bridge.  Two homeless boys, Muthi and Arul, and the girls survive by scavenging the city’s garbage heaps and by selling the bead necklaces that Rukku makes.  The four bond into a family of sorts.  They are often hungry and scared, but they have each other and their dog Kutti. When the rainy season comes, Rukku and Muthi get sick and Viji and Arul have to make decisions about who they can trust to help them.  The courage and strength of the children is an inspiration. mjw
Title: The Bridge Home
Author: Padma Venkatraman
Publisher
: Nancy Paulsen Books
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-5247-3811-2
Hardcover pages
: 208
Age range
: 10-12
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Chennai, India
Author’s ethnicity
: Born in Chennai, India
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Subjects
: Asia, Domestic violence, Homelessness, Lower caste children, Runaways, Sisters

Mary Poppins

Based on the original 1934 novel by P.L. Travers, this picture book version has beautiful soft pastel and colored pencil illustrations that take readers back to Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane in London to meet Mary Poppins and the Banks children.  There is a tea party on the ceiling, a visit to the night zoo, and a trip to the star shop.  This is the perfect introduction to everyone’s favorite nanny. mjw
Title: Mary Poppins
Author: P.L.Travers (1899-196), adapted ny Amy Novesky
Illustrator
: Genevieve Godbout
Publisher
: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
Original Copyright
:  1934
ISBN
: 978-1-328-91677-8
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book, Fantasy
Book setting
: London
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Born and raised in Quebec
Illustrator’s residence
: Montreal
Subjects
: Fantasy; London, England: Magic: Nannies

Sophie Johnson, Unicorn Expert

Sophie Johnson is a self-confessed unicorn expert.  She has seventeen unicorns that are really all her toys and pets that she has dressed up with unique unicorn horns. But Sophie doesn’t see the real unicorn hiding in plain sight.  Magical illustrations capture the unicorns, rainbows, and fun in Sophie’s world. mjw
Title: Sophie Johnson, Unicorn Expert
Author: Morag Hood
Illustrator
: Ella Okstad
Publisher
: Aladdin, New York
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Simon and Schuster UK Ltd.
Original Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-1-534431614
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book, Fantasy
Author’s ethnicity
: Scotland
Author’s residence
: Edinburgh
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Norway
Illustrator’s residence
: Trondheim 
Subjects
: Make believe, Pets, Toys, Unicorns

When Morning Comes

It is Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1976, and there is a secret movement of students plotting against the apartheid government.  This compelling account is written from the points of view of four young people in Soweto, the black township.  Zanele is the black female student organizer.  She works as a nightclub singer.  Meena is a South Asian girl who works in her father’s shop.  Jack is an affluent white student, who is about to go to Oxford and Thabo is a teen gang member.  The Soweto Uprising was the beginning of the end of apartheid.  A historical note and a glossary are very helpful. mjw
Title: When Morning Comes
Author: Arushi Raina
Publisher
: Tradewind Books, Vancouver
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English 
Original Publisher
: Tradewind Books
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-1-926890-14-2
Paperback pages
: 232
Age range
: 14 up
Genre
: Historical Fiction
Book setting
: Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa
Author’s ethnicity
: Grew up in Johannesburg
Author’s residence
: Canada
Awards
: 2018 Children’s Africana Book Award for Older Readers
Subjects
: Ant-apartheid movements, High school students, Race relations, Resistance to government