The World Beneath

Title: The World Beneath : A Novel Author: Janice Warman Genre: Fiction / Middle / High / YA Publisher: Candlewick Release Date: 2016 Pages: 159 pp. Source: 978 0 7636 7856 2 “At the height of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle, a boy must face life decisions that test what he believes and call for no…

A is for Àdìre! Yoruba Cultural Dictionary

Title: A is for Àdìre! Yoruba Cultural Dictionary Author: Ayobooks Genre: Picture book / Primary Publisher: Ayobooks Release Date: 2015 Format: Paperback Pages: Unpaged Source: 978-0-9910174-1-6 Ayobooks’ A is for Àdìre! Yoruba Cultural Dictionary introduces young readers and their families to the language and culture of the Yoruba. This glossy, easy-to-hold–and-use Yoruba dictionary targets children…

Amina

Title: Amina Series: Through My Eyes Author: J. L. Powers Genre: Fiction / Elementary / Middle Publisher: Allen & Unwin Release Date: 2013 Pages: 183 pp. Source: ISBN 9781743312490 Amina lives on the edges of Mogadishu. Her family’s house has been damaged in Somalia’s long civil war, but they continue to live there, reluctant to…

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees

Title: Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees Author: Franck Prévot ; Aurélia Fronty (illus,) Genre: Picture book, Biography, Elementary Publisher: Charlesbridge Release Date: 2015 Pages: Unpaged Source: ISBN 9781580896269 A picture book biography of Kenyan environmentalist and political activist Wangari Maathai.   Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

One Plastic Bag : Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of The Gambia

Title: One Plastic Bag : Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of The Gambia Author: Miranda Paul and Elizabeth Zunon (illus,) Genre: Picture book Publisher: Milbrook Press / Lerner Release Date: 2015 Source: ISBN 9781467716086 In Njau, Gambia, discarded plastic bags littered the roads. Water pooled in them, bringing mosquitoes and disease. But Isatou Ceesay…