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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

Island Born

Lola goes to a school where all the students are from faraway places.  Lola is from the Dominican Republic.  Her teacher wants the class to draw pictures of where their families immigrated from, but Lola can’t remember.  She was just a baby when she came here.  With the help of family and friends and their memories, she draws a lively picture of La Isla.  She also discovers a lot about her culture and heritage.  The digitally created illustrations are vibrant and bold. There is a Spanish edition called Lolamjw
Title: Island Born
Author: Junot Diaz
Illustrator
: Leo Espinosa
Publisher
: Dial Books for Young Readers, NY
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
Spanish Title
: Lola
ISBN
: 978-0735-2298-60
Hardcover pages
: 48 
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Born in the Dominican Republic
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Bogota, Colombia
Illustrator’s residence
: U.S.
Awards
: Author has won a Pulitzer Prize
Subjects
: Central and South America, Hispanic and Latino, Multigenerational, School

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

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

One Fun Day With Lewis Carroll: A Celebration Of Wordplay And A Girl Named Alice

 

This wonderful picture book is part Lewis Carroll biography and part word game. Nonsense words and phrases take readers through Carroll’s fantasy world. Along the way readers learn about Carroll’s life as a mathematician and his friendship with the Liddell family and the real Alice. The frabjous illustrations breathe new life into the famous characters. A glossary explains the words and ideas invented by Carroll and reveals that nearly two hundred of them appear in the Oxford English Dictionary. A closing note gives more information about Carroll. mjw
Title: One Fun Day With Lewis Carroll: A Celebration Of Wordplay And A Girl Named Alice
Author: Kathleen Krull
Illustrator
: Julia Sarda
Publisher
: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0544348233
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 6-9
Genre
: Picture Book Biography
Book setting
: England
Author’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Spanish
Illustrator’s residence
: Spain 
Subjects
: Authors, Books, Charles Dodgson, Language, Literature, Imagination, Wordplay

You Can’t Be Too Careful

 

Follow the white rose and the gardener along alternative space-time paths in this study of causality, consequence, and the interconnectedness of life. More than a dozen eccentric characters are introduced – a circus monkey, a fake doctor who wants to play the bagpipes, Rajah the Malodorous, and more. The book expresses serious questions about the dangers of greed and the importance of kindness. Complex colored pencil drawings and torn paper illustrations will make you want to look again at this paradoxical story. mjw
Title: You Can’t Be Too Careful
Author: Roger Mello
Illustrator
: Roger Mello
Publisher
: Elsewhere Editions.   Brooklyn, NY
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: Portuguese
Translator
: Daniel Hahn
Original Title
: Todo Cuidado e pouco!
Original Publisher
: Companhia das Letras, Sao Paolo
Original Copyright
: 1999
ISBN
: 978-0-914671-64-0
Hardcover pages
: 36
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Brazilian
Author’s residence
: Brazil
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Brazilian
Illustrator’s residence
: Brazil
Awards
: 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award, 2018 Batchelder Honor Award
Subjects
: Action, Avarice, Kindness, Greed, Roses

Daytime Visions : An Alphabet

daytime visionsThis surrealistic alphabet book consists of letters, written in upper and lower case, manuscript, and cursive and a series of unconnected phrases. Some make sense (D shows a downpour and K is a kiwi), but many are obscure (X is for “XX chromosome and I am expanding” and R shows two birds – “never meant to be rude.”) This is not a book for teaching the alphabet, but one that tells stories for each letter. Square pages with mixed media collage illustrations of cut paper, charcoal sketches, and broad brushstrokes on thick paper provide the interpretations for the letters. The author/illustrator is also a well-known cartoonist, graphic artist, singer, and composer in Argentina. mjw
Title: Daytime Visions: An Alphabet
Author: Isol (Marisol Misenta)
Illustrator
: Isol (Marisol Misenta)
Publisher
: Enchanted Lion Books, New York
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Spanish
Translator
: Isol and Elisa Amado
Original Title
: Abecedario a mano (Libros Para Ninos series)
Original Publisher
: Fondo de Cultura Economica
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-1-59270-195-7
Hardcover pages
: 56
Age range
: 2-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Argentine
Author’s residence
: Buenos Aires
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Argentine
Illustrator’s residence
: Buenos Aires
Awards
: 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, twice a finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Award – 2006 and 2008
Subjects
: Alphabets, Animals