One Shadow on the Wall

Title: One Shadow on the Wall Author: Leah Henderson Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Simon and Schuster Release Date: June 6, 2017 Pages: 448 In Senegal, eleven-year-old orphan Mor has three months to prove to his aunt that he can support himself and his two younger sisters, allowing them to stay together in their village and…

The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World

Title: Banana-Leaf Ball, The Author: Katie Smith Milway Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction Publisher: Kids Can Press Ltd Release Date: April 4, 2017 Pages: 32 Separated from his family when they were forced to flee their home, a young East African boy named Deo lives alone in the Lukole refugee camp in Tanzania. With scarce resources, bullies…

In Dependence

Title: In Dependence Author: Sarah Ladipo Mayika Genre: Fiction Publisher: Legends Release Date: 2008 Pages: 271 It is the early-sixties when a young Tayo Ajayi sails to England from Nigeria to take up a scholarship at Oxford University. In this city of dreaming spires, he finds himself among a generation high on visions of a…

Akosua and Osman

Title: Akosua and Osman Author: Manu Herbstein Genre: Fiction / YA / High School Publisher: Techmate Publishers, Accra, Ghana Release Date: 2012 Pages: 130 pp. Akosua Annan is a confident and fiercely intelligent student at a posh Cape Coast school. There she comes under the influence of a charismatic feminist teacher. Osman Said’s background is…

Soldier Boy

Title: Soldier Boy Author: Keely Hutton Genre: Young Adult Fiction Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) Release Date: June 13, 2017 Pages: 336 “A searing, shocking book—part non-fiction, part novel—based on the true story of a child soldier in Uganda who survived war and enslavement and went on to create a haven for others who…

Amuma’s Long Run

Title: Auma's Long Run Author: Eucabeth A. Odhiambo Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Carolrhoda Books Release Date: 2017 Pages: 304 “As a strange new sickness called AIDS ravages her village in Kenya, thirteen-year-old Auma must decide whether to pursue a track scholarship that will let her attend high school or stay home to help her struggling…

Books and Bricks

Title: Books and Bricks Author: Sindiwe Magona Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Star Bright Books Release Date: April 15, 2017 Pages: 80 “Salmina Arenda’s school was a scary place. The fence had holes, the walls needed paint, and the yard was full of weeds and rubbish. But things started to look up when the school received…

How Dare the Sun Rise

Title: How Dare the Sun Rise Author: Sandra Uwiringiyimana, Abigail Pesta, Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Release Date: May 16, 2017 Pages: 288 [T]rue story of Sandra Uwiringyimana, a girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who tells the tale of how she survived a massacre, immigrated to America, and overcame…