Transkei (South Africa) is a rough place to live. Settlers speak primarily Xhosa, with English being a common second language. Elena gave birth to Doris when she was just thirteen. Doris grew up in this rural landscape, forced into child labor and other responsibilities children should never be required to deal with. Eventually, she broke free of this society after her mother’s tragic passing, as Doris moved out on her own to find a better life for herself. Doris had several children, one of who was named Louiesa.
Memoirs of a Play-White by Helene Louiesa Mynhardt is an in-depth look into the life of the author through the lens of a changing society and the history that created it. The memoir begins with Louiesa's grandmother's story and slowly evolves into the early life of Louiesa.
Rad Girls Can is a book about amazing young women who have stepped up in their communities and countries to make a difference. Rad Girls Can touches on 91 stories, some are short, a paragraph or two, and some are long, spanning two to three pages. The book also has stories about different ethnic groups, races, religions, and more! Some of the stories are about women many of us have hear of, like Anne Frank, Lorde, Ruby Bridges, Helen Keller, and others.
All is Assuredly Well is a delightful story told from the point of view of a king and his partner. They wish to have a child, so they pray to the blue star to give them a baby princess. After praying many days, a strange thing occurs to the star and the King follows it on an allegorical journey to reach his daughter. It compiles the complexities of adopting into a neat and charming story for children. There are many obstacles on the King's journey, but the colorful backdrop shows the joy and determination of the King on his quest.
Lifeboat 12 is a beautiful window to the past. Nazis have begun bombing London, and Ken Sparks, along with 89 other children, aged five to fifteen have the chance to escape to Canada. Aboard the S.S. Benares, they receive nine-course meals and many more luxuries.
¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay is a fantastic way to learn some Spanish and experience a little bit of the culture in Spanish-speaking countries. The best part of the book is that readers don’t have to know any Spanish to enjoy it. At the beginning, Pete the Pilot introduces Mexico and a story about Panchito, a Mexican jumping bean. It’s written in English with key words written in Spanish. The next time those words appear, they are written only in Spanish. This gives readers a chance to practice remembering what the words mean.
Fresh Ink: An Anthology is an anthology of short stories put together by an amazing group of authors! The stories all focus on young adults and are geared toward coming-of-age type situations for the main characters. The stories range from discovering one's true potential to being truly comfortable in the skin you are in. For the most part, the stories are realistic fiction, however, at least two fall into the category of fantasy, and one is actually in graphic novel format.