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Straight From The Continent: New Arrivals at A Different Booklist


NEW ARRIVALS: AFRICAN LITERATURE
Children’s Books
A KITE’S FLIGHT by William Guemede

Andile and his father make a beautiful kite that they rush to send aloft. To Andile’s horror, however, the string breaks–but father and son are magically lifted on an epic journey across Africa. From the thundering Victoria Falls and the snow tops of Kilimanjaro to the Sahara Desert and ancient Egyptian pyramids, the kite’s trajectory takes the travelers over some of the great landmarks of Africa.

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REFILWE by Zukiswa Wanner

A take on the traditional German tale Rapunzel in a Southern African setting

Zukiswa Wanner brings young readers a retelling of the classic fairy tale, Rapunzel, with a uniquely South African twist. Refilwe is the story of the dreadlocked beauty who is stuck in a cave on top of a mountain awaiting her prince, Tumi. This take on the classic tale will have the children chanting, “Refilwe, Refilwe let down your locks . . . So I can climb the scraggy rocks!” Based on the original version but reimagined for African children, the tale is enriched with magical illustrations by Tamsin Hinrichsen that will keep all children entranced and foster in them a love of reading.

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OLD MIKAMBA HAD A FARM by Rachel Isadora

This fabulous version of the classic nursery song “Old MacDonald” introduces children to a menagerie of African animals and their sounds. It is beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora, with her signature collage-style artwork.

Old Mikamba had a farm, E-I-E-I-O. And on this farm he had . . . a giraffe, a baboon, and an elephant! Meet Old Mikamba, who watches over a wide variety of animals on his game farm in the plains of Africa. Children will discover a whole new set of fun animal sounds as they are invited to sing along and roar with the lions, bellow with the rhino, whinny with the zebras, honk with the wildebeests, and more! A wonderful introduction to African wildlife that is great fun to read aloud.

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MOJA MEANS ONE: SWAHILI COUNTING BOOK by Muriel Feelings

Moja Means One introduces children to counting in Swahili with helpful pronunciation keys, while presenting East African culture and lifestyles through an easy-to-understand narrative and vivid illustrations

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HOW MANY WAYS CAN YOU SAY HELLO? by Refiloe Moahloli

Sara’s first day of school is full of surprises, but the biggest one of all is that there is more than one way to say hello. So during the holidays she sets off on a journey around the country in a hot air balloon, to learn them all (in Venda, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Swati, Zulu, Tsonga, Ndebele, Tswana, Pedi, and Sotho). This delightful story of rhyming verse, accompanied by charming illustrations is a must for all young children and a great way to learn traditional African language.

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Young-Adult Fiction
COCONUT by Kopano Matlwa

An important rumination on youth in modern-day South Africa, this haunting debut novel tells the story of two extraordinary young women who have grown up black in white suburbs and must now struggle to find their identities. The rich and pampered Ofilwe has taken her privileged lifestyle for granted, and must confront her swiftly dwindling sense of culture when her soulless world falls apart. Meanwhile, the hip and sassy Fiks is an ambitious go-getter desperate to leave her vicious past behind for the glossy sophistication of city life, but finds Johannesburg to be more complicated and unforgiving than she expected. These two stories artfully come together to illustrate the weight of history upon a new generation in South Africa. A great read for both young adults and teens!

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AKATA WARRIOR by Nnedi Okorafor

A year ago, Sunny Nwazue, an American-born girl Nigerian girl, was inducted into the secret Leopard Society. As she began to develop her magical powers, Sunny learned that she had been chosen to lead a dangerous mission to avert an apocalypse, brought about by the terrifying masquerade, Ekwensu. Now, stronger, feistier, and a bit older, Sunny is studying with her mentor Sugar Cream and struggling to unlock the secrets in her strange Nsibidi book. Eventually, Sunny knows she must confront her destiny. With the support of her Leopard Society friends, Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha, and of her spirit face, Anyanwu, she will travel through worlds both visible and invisible to the mysteries town of Osisi, where she will fight a climactic battle to save humanity. Much-honored Nnedi Okorafor, merges today’s Nigeria with a unique world she creates.

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Adult Non-Fiction
CROSSING THE LINE WHEN COPS BECOME CRIMINALS by Liza Grobler

Police brutality does not only exist in North America. Crossing the Line is an in-depth examination of police corruption, brutality and crime in South Africa and includes a brief focus on three international policing agencies: The New South Wales Police Force, London’s Metropolitan Police and the New York Police Departments Internal Affairs Bureau. It then moves on to the South African Police Service. Highlighted is the vast array of crimes committed by members of the SAPS – not just police brutality but also ranging from bribery and corruption to robbery, rape and murder – and includes corrupt officers’ symbiotic relationships with gangs and syndicates.

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LONGTHROAT MEMOIRS by Yemisi Aribisala

A sumptuous menu of essays about Nigerian cuisine, lovingly presented by the nation’s top epicurean writer. As well as a mouth-watering appraisal of Nigerian food,Longthroat Memoirs is a series of love letters to the Nigerian palate. From the cultural history of soup, to fish as aphrodisiac and the sensual allure of snails,Longthroat Memoirsexplores the complexities, the meticulousness, and the tactile joy of Nigerian gastronomy.

Yemisi Aribisala is a Nigerian essayist and writer. She currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

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DARE NOT LINGER by Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa

The long-awaited second volume of Nelson Mandela’s memoirs, left unfinished at his death and never before available, are here completed and expanded with notes and speeches written by Mandela during his historic presidency, making for a moving sequel to his worldwide bestsellerLong Walk to Freedom.

Dare Not Linger is the story of Mandela’s presidential years, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to leave office, but was unable to finish. Now the acclaimed South African writer Mandla Langa has completed the task, using Mandela’s unfinished draft, detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding, and a wealth of unseen archival material. With a prologue by Mandela’s widow, Graça Machel, the result is a vivid and often inspirational account of Mandela’s presidency and the creation of a new democracy.

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BABY GOES TO MARKET by Atinuke and Angela Brooksbank

Join Baby and his doting mama at a bustling southwest Nigerian marketplace for a bright, bouncy read-aloud offering a gentle introduction to numbers.

When Baby and Mama go to the market, Baby is so adorable that the banana seller gives him six bananas. Baby eats one and puts five in the basket, but Mama doesn’t notice. As Mama and Baby wend their way through the stalls, cheeky Baby collects five oranges, four biscuits, three ears of sweet corn, two pieces of coconut . . . until Mama notices that her basket is getting very heavy! Poor Baby, she thinks, he must be very hungry by now!

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AN AFRICAN ALPHABET by Eric Walters

An African Alphabet is a vibrant ABC book that introduces babies and toddlers to the unique variety of animals found in Africa. An alphabet for all ages, the stunning linocut-influenced artwork brings an uncommon selection of critters to life in this lively concept book.

From aardvark to zebra and all that’s in between, little ones will love learning their alphabet with these colorful creatures.

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