In The Jupiter Chronicles: The Secret of the Great Red Spot by Leonardo Ramirez, the year is 1892. Ian Castillo walks in on his sister, Callie, trying to use a telescope that has been stored in the attic for five years. It is special to Ian because it was the last gift their father gave him before he mysteriously disappeared. When the kids least expect it, it turns itself into a space ship and launches them into space.
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.
All is Assuredly Well by Professor Gore and Maestro Wilson and illustrated by Angela F.M. Trotter is a fairy tale for 2018. The story is told through the point of view of King Phillip who, with his husband, wishes for a baby girl to raise as their own. King Phillip must struggle through longing, unrecognized wishes, and multiple struggles to finally complete their little family and call a baby princess his own. The message behind the story and the beautiful illustrations really bring this story to life within the pages.
The Santa’s Gift is a short story written by Paromita Goswami who lives in central India, so Indian culture, attitudes, and ways of speaking flow throughout the story. It is about almost 11-year-old know-it-all Toby who winds up learning some lessons about life. He thinks his mother should make sure he has clean socks every day, but she is overwhelmed with her job and household duties without the help of her maid. She thinks Toby is old enough to take on some responsibilities himself, so she stops washing the extra clothes he gets dirty.