The Royal Adventures of Princess Halima

Title: The Royal Adventures of Princess Halima Author: Jainaba Fye, YaAdam Fye, Lucy Fye, Anna Fye, Genre: Fiction / Elementary Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform Release Date: December 18, 2016 Format: Paperback Pages: 32 Follow Princess Halima of the Kingdom of Affia located in ancient Western Sub-Saharan Africa, as she explores the beautiful country of…

Black Dove White Raven

Title: Black Dove White Raven Series: Through My Eyes Author: Elizabeth Wein Genre: Historical Fiction / Middle / High / YA Publisher: Disney / Hyperion Release Date: 2015 Pages: 357 pp Source: ISBN 9781423183105 This historical novel for young adult readers is a remarkable achievement. First of all, the novel has a great plot. It…

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…

Under the Same Sun

Title: Under the Same Sun Author: Eliot Schrefer Genre: Picture Book Publisher: Scholastic Release Date: 2014 Pages: Unpaged “Luc is an orphan, living in debt slavery in Gabon, until he meets a Professor who claims to be studying chimpanzees, and they head off into the jungle–but when the Professor disappears, Luc has to fend for…

A thirst for home : a story of water across the world

Title: A thirst for home : a story of water across the world Author: Christine Ieronimo and Eric Velasquez (illus.) Genre: Picture Book / Fiction Publisher: Walker / Bloomsbury Release Date: 2014 Source: ISBN-13: 978-0-8027-2307-9 “Alemitu lives with her mother in a poor village in Ethiopia, where she must walk miles for water and hunger…

The Lion Who Stole My Arm

Title: The Lion Who Stole My Arm Author: Nicola Davies Genre: Fiction, Elementary Publisher: Candlewick Press Release Date: 2014 Pages: 89 pp. Source: ISBN 978-0-7636-6620-0  “Pedru has always wanted to be a great hunter like his father, but after a lion takes his arm, he worries that he’ll always be the crippled boy instead. Pedru…

My Name is Blessing

Title: My Name is Blessing Author: Eric Walters and Eugenie Fernandes (illus.) Genre: Picture Book Pages: Unpaged Source: ISBN 978 1 77049301 4 Muthini’s grandmother has to send him to a school because raising both him and her other grandchildren has become too difficult. Based on the life of a real Kenyan boy.   This…

War Brothers : The Novel

Title: War Brothers : the Novel Author: McKay, Sharon E Genre: Fiction / Elementary / Middle School Publisher: Annick Press Release Date: 2014 Pages: 192 pp. Source: ISBN-13: 978-1-55451-648-3 A novel about a group of boys in Uganda who are kidnapped and forced to join the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, and their desperate escape,…