Walking Home

Title: Walking Home Author: Walters, Eric Genre: Fiction / Elementary / Middle Publisher: Doubleday Release Date: 2014 Pages: 290 pp. Source: ISBN 978 0 385 68157 5 Note: “Thirteen-year-old Muchoki and his younger sister, Jata, can hardly believe what has become of their lives. Only weeks ago, they lived in a bustling Kenyan village, going…

The Mirror & Nine Other Short Stories

Title: The Mirror & Nine Other Short Stories Author: Susan Nkwentie Nde Genre: Fiction / Short stories / Middle / High School Publisher: Langaa Research & Publishing / African Books Collective (dist.) Release Date: 2014 Pages: 220 pp. Source: ISBN: 9956-791-55-5 “When a young girl’s dreams are cracked like a mirror and children are caught…

Blood Ties

Title: Blood Ties Author: Zimkhitha Mlanzel Genre: Fiction, Young adult, High School Publisher: Cover2Cover Release Date: 2014 Pages: 144 pp. Source: ISBN: 978-0-9946516-0-0 Blood Ties depicts South Africa’s Cape Town minus the varied neighborhoods and complexities that characterize large cities. But the novel provides the setting in which two high school girls try to carve…

Draw!

Title: Draw! Author: Raúl Colón Genre: Picture Book / Elementary / Fiction Publisher: Simon & Schuster Release Date: 2014 Pages: Unpaged Source: ISBN: 978 1 4424 9492 3 “A boy named Leonardo begins to imagine and then draw a world (in Africa)—first a rhinoceros, and then he meets some monkeys, and he always has a…

They Are Coming

Title: They Are Coming Author: Christopher Mlalazi Genre: Fiction Publisher: Weaver Press, Harare, Zimbabwe Release Date: 2014 Pages: 145 pp. Source: ISBN 978 1 77922 258 9 The lives of a township family in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe are turned upside-down their son joins the local youth militia. Mr. Mlalazi is an internationally known Zimbabwean writer. He was guest…

The Amazing Travels of Ibn Battuta

Title: The Amazing Travels of Ibn Battuta Author: Fatima Sharafeddine and Intelaq Mohanned Ali (Illus.) Genre: Picture Book, Biography Release Date: 2014 Pages: Unpaged Source: ISBN-13: 978-1-55498-480-0 “In 1325, when Ibn Battuta was just 21, he bid farewell to his parents in Tangier, Morocco, and embarked on a pilgrimage to Mecca. It was 30 years…

So Much for Democracy

Title: So Much for Democracy Author: Kari Jones Genre: Historical Fiction / Elementary / Middle Publisher: Orca Book Release Date: 2014 Source: ISBN-13: 978-1-45980-481-4 The political upheaval in Ghana in 1979 puts Astrid and the rest of her Canadian family at risk. As I took in the title of the book and read the back…

Why Anansi Has Eight Thin Legs : a Tale from West Africa

Title: Why Anansi Has Eight Thin Legs : a Tale from West Africa Author: Leah Osei and Katie Saunders (illus.) Genre: Folklore, Elementary, Picture Book Publisher: Teacher Created Materials Release Date: 2014 Source: ISBN-13: 978-1-48071-692-6 … In this version of the story, Anansi ties a bit of web to each leg and leaves the other…