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Queen Njinga

The first documented Africans in Virginia (1619) were from the Kingdom on Ndongo in what is now Angola. Ndongo was ruled by Queen Njinga (1582-1663) who converted to Catholicism, became literate in Portuguese and was schooled in the tactics of war. Initially an ally of the Portuguese, she fought them when they began expanding the…

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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…

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Call Me Isis — Egyptian Goddess of Magic

Title: Call Me Isis — Egyptian Goddess of Magic Author: Gretchen Maurer Genre: Fiction / Mythology / Elementary / Middle Publisher: Goosebottom Books Release Date: 2014 Pages: 156 pp. Source: ISBN 978-1-937463-95-3 “Isis, Egyptian Goddess of Magic, thinks herself destined for a charmed life as the Goddess-Queen of Egypt. But in one fell swoop she…

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Trinity High : Back to School

Title: Trinity High: Back to School Author: Lokko, CNN Genre: Fiction / Young Adult / HIgh School Publisher: Afram Publications (Ghana) Release Date: 2014 Pages: 256 pp. Source: ISBN-13: 978-9964705237 Back to School, the sequel to Trinity High: Students in Crime ….captures the last two terms of the Form One experience for Naa Atswei and…

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Ashley Bryan’s Puppets

Title: Ashley Bryan's Puppets: Making Something from Everything Author: Ashley Bryan Genre: Non fiction / Elementary / Middle school Publisher: Atheneum / Simon and Schuster Release Date: 2014 Pages: Unpaged Source: 978-1-44248-728-4   Puppetry in its many forms – string-operated, hand, finger, shadow – are used to animate and communicate in a fantastically interactive way,…

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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…

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Zeraffa Giraffa

Title: Zeraffa Giraffa Author: Hofmeyr, Dianne ; Jane Ray (illus.) Genre: Historical Fiction, Picture Book, Elementary Publisher: Frances Lincoln Release Date: 2014 Pages: Unpaged Source: ISBN: 9781847803443 Dianne Hofmeyr recounts the true story about a giraffe that was given from the ruler of Egypt to “my friend, the King of France,” in 1827. The giraffe’s…

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Rebels by Accident

Title: Rebels by Accident Author: Dunn, Patricia Genre: Fiction / Middle and High School Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Release Date: 2014 Pages: 310 pp. Source: ISBN 978 1 4926 0138 8 “After everyone at her first party ends in jail, Mariam is sent to stay with her grandmother in Cairo, where she becomes involved in the…