Author picks for the holidays: Celia Barker Lottridge recommends BETWEEN SISTERS and VIOLA DESMOND

The books:

Between Sisters, by Adwoa Badoe
ISBN: 978-0-88899-997-9 * $12.95

Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged, written by Jody Nyasha Warner and illustrated by Richard Rudnicki
ISBN: 978-0-88899-779-1 * $18.95

The recommender:

Celia Barker Lottridge, author of Home is Beyond the Mountains

Celia says:

Between Sister by Adwoa Badoe is great read for anyone novel reader who really likes to get to know a character and a place.  Gloria is fifteen and her concerns are like those of most girls her age, passing or not passing exams, trying to figure out what to do as she grows up, clothes, friends, pressure from men who find her a little too attractive.  All of this has a special slant because Gloria lives in Ghana and the story is also full of detail that gives the reader a vivid sense of what life in that African country is today and the special problems that Gloria faces.

Viola Desmond Won’t be Budged is a beautiful book that tells a true story of a true Canadian hero.  In 1946 Viola Desmond, a black Nova Scotian, got in trouble with the law because she refused to move from a seat on the main floor of a movie theatre to the balcony where people of her races were supposed to sit.  The story is told clearly and vividly and the pictures evoke the era and the emotion of the event beautifully.  This is definitely a picture book for all ages.

CELIA BARKER LOTTRIDGE is a writer and storyteller who has written several highly acclaimed children’s books, including Ticket to Curlew (winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Historical Fiction Award), Berta: A Remarkable Dog (nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award, Horn Book starred review) and Stories form the Life of Jesus (Publisher’s Weekly starred review). She wrote Home Is Beyond the Mountains after hearing her mother’s stories about growing up in Persia and after reading letter’s written by Celia’s aunt, Susan Shedd. Born in Iowa and raised in the United States, Celia now lives in Toronto.



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