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Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

by Katherine Rundell & Melissa Castrillón Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 26, 2014)

Even a life on the untamed plains of Africa can't prepare Wilhelmina for the wilds of an English boarding school in this "gripping, magical, and heartwarming tale of resilience, friendship, and hope" (Publishers...


Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope

by Beverley Naidoo HarperCollins (April 13, 2010)

We are the young people,

We will not be broken!

We demand freedom

And say

"Away with slavery

In our land of Africa!"

For almost fifty years apartheid forced the young people of South Africa to live apart as Blacks,...


Burn My Heart

by Beverley Naidoo HarperCollins (April 13, 2010)

What does it mean to be loyal?

Mathew and Mugo, two boys—one white, one black—share an uneasy friendship in Kenya in the 1950s. They're friends even though Mathew's dad owns the land and everything on it....


Chanda's Wars

by Allan Stratton HarperTeen (September 01, 2009)

She promised her mama she'd keep them safe.

It's been six months since Mama died, and Chanda is struggling to raise her little brother and sister. Determined to end a family feud, she takes them to her relatives'...


The Milk of Birds

by Sylvia Whitman Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 16, 2013)

This timely, heartrending novel tells the moving story of a friendship between two girls: one an American teen, one a victim of the crisis in Darfur.

Know that there are many words behind the few on this paper......


Refugee 87

by Ele Fountain Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (June 03, 2019)

A young refugee crosses continents in this timely, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting novel of survival.

Shif has a happy life, unfamiliar with the horrors of his country's regime. He is one of the smartest...


Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment

by James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein & Beverly Johnson jimmy patterson (October 07, 2018)

What Harry Potter did for magic, Max Einstein does for kids' imaginations! Max leads a group of kid geniuses in this #1 New York Times bestseller officially approved by the Albert Einstein archives.

Max Einstein...


Rotten Ralph Helps Out

by Jack Gantos & Nicole Rubel Square Fish (February 27, 2012)

Sarah is excited about her school project on ancient Egypt. She would like Ralph's help. But Ralph's idea of helping out is no help at all. According to Sarah, the ancient Egyptians believed cats were wise and...


Busy-Busy Little Chick

by Janice N. Harrington & Brian Pinkney Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (February 18, 2013)

Ideal for Easter and springtime, an exuberantly illustrated picture book by a New York Times bestselling artist!

Little Chick's mother is all cluck and no action. Mama knows her old nest isn't the cozy home she...


A Good Day for Climbing Trees

by Jaco Jacobs & Kobus Geldenhuys Rock the Boat (April 12, 2018)

*Nominated for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal*

*Spectator Best Books of the Year selection*

Two unlikely heroes inspire a whole town by fighting to save a tree

Sometimes, in the blink of an eye, you do something...


Jakarta Missing

by Jane Kurtz Greenwillow Books (October 23, 2012)

Dakar is scared. When her family left East Africa to spend a year or two in Cottonwood, North Dakota, Dakar's older sister, Jakarta, was adamant about staying behind. Now Jakarta is all by herself in Kenya...and...


The Red Pencil

by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Shane W. Evans Little, Brown Young Readers (September 16, 2014)

"Amira, look at me," Muma insists.She collects both my hands in hers."The Janjaweed attack without warning.If ever they come-- run."

Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities....


The Hunger in the Forest "Fuuuurrrrrr n'Bum"

by Rosaalda Brandão Grosvenor House Publishing (May 31, 2019)

Hunger in the forest “Fuuuurrrrrr n'bum”, is a cultural book, which tells the story about the relationship between two best friends in a struggle for survival in the forest. It also represents a culture...


Flame of Truth

by Bontle Senne Cover2Cover Books (March 07, 2018)

Only the Shadow Chasers, with their magical knives, can save the world from the evil that lives in the dreamworld. The powerful Oyo has a Shadow Chasers knife ? and only the cleverest and bravest can withstand...


Oh My Words

by Dorothy Dyer & Rosamund Haden Cover2Cover Books (March 07, 2018)

FunDza has collected stories, poems, articles and interviews to entertain, inspire and surprise you. Read romance, science fiction set it 2044, human drama, and even a story about a serial killer. These pieces...


Can't Stop Reading

by Dorothy Dyer & Ros Haden Cover2Cover Books (March 07, 2018)

Another collection of exciting stories, articles and poems by young South Africans. We hope you will enjoy them so much that you #Can?tStopReading. All of these pieces have been read and enjoyed by thousands...


The Egypt Game

by Zilpha Keatley Snyder & Alton Raible Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 23, 2012)

The first time Melanie Ross meets April Hall, she's not sure they have anything in common. But she soon discovers that they both love anything to do with ancient Egypt. When they stumble upon a deserted storage...


Orange for the Sunsets

by Tina Athaide Katherine Tegen Books (April 02, 2019)

* A Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books of 2019 Selection * A Canadian Children’s Book Center Best Books for Kids & Teens Pick *

From debut author Tina Athaide comes a soaring tale of empathy,...


Friz the Bee's Royal Honeymoon

by John L.D. Barnett Crimson Cloak Publishing (July 04, 2017)

Newly married, Sir Friz Bee and his royal bride Princess Bee-Atrice are invited by King Bongo III and Queen Fatty B of Beeswanna in Southern Africa to spend their royal honeymoon in the king's safari lodge in...


South Africa For Kids: People, Places and Cultures - Children Explore The World Books

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (February 15, 2017)

Feed your mind with beautiful images of South Africa by reading this big book of information. Here, your child can explore the continent, meet the people, see the sights and then experience the culture too....


All About Africa! About All African States and Peoples

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (February 15, 2017)

Kids, welcome to Africa! This is a great picture book that will take you to the beautiful African states and meet the people who call it home. Learn about the sights and sounds of the place. See the animals...


Africa For Kids: People, Places and Cultures - Children Explore The World Books

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (February 15, 2017)

Africa is a big but very magical place. It is home to some of the world’s most interesting people and animals too. This educational book will take you to Africa. It will let you meet the people, taste the...


Zulu Dog

by Anton Ferreira Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (September 25, 2002)

An honest and compassionate look at post-apartheid South Africa

Vusi, an eleven-year-old Zulu boy growing up in poverty in rural South Africa, is enchanted by the helpless puppy he finds in the bush. He names...


Wild Wings

by Gill Lewis & Yuta Onoda Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 24, 2011)

This "vividly imagined and well-written novel" (Booklist, starred review) tells a gripping story about a boy from Scotland and a girl from West Africa who join together to save a migrating Osprey--and end up...


The Iron Tomb

by Peter Vegas Aladdin (August 02, 2016)

Join Sam Force on a fast-paced adventure through Egypt that's a mix of "Indiana Jones, National Treasure, and The Da Vinci Code" (School Library Journal) with the start to a brand-new series packed with puzzles...


Now Is the Time for Running

by Michael Williams Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (July 05, 2011)

Just down the road from their families, Deo and his friends play soccer in the dusty fields of Zimbabwe, cheered on by Deo's older brother, Innocent. It is a day like any other... until the soldiers arrive and...