Category Archives: A Girl Called Problem

Soccer, the Central American Way

Traveling or living abroad often provides great fodder for writing. New cultural contexts, languages and even natural settings provide us with fresh eyes on the world and on assumptions we make about how things ought to be done. A Girl … Continue reading

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From a Tanzanian Village to Mumbai

Readers of A Girl Called Problem often ask me about my friend Modesta, the woman I dedicated the novel to and whom I introduce at the end of the book in my author’s note. Modesta was one of many village … Continue reading

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Let Girls Learn!

Today I’m celebrating the great work of the Obamas in their Let Girls Learn initiative, a project that readers of A Girl Called Problem will appreciate. As Shida would tell us, if you invest in a girl, you invest in … Continue reading

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Happy International Day of the Girl

A few years ago, I wrote the following article for the wonderful website A Mighty Girl about the real-life stories that inspired me to write  A Girl Called Problem and how they relate directly to the International Day of the … Continue reading

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School Author Visits

I had so much fun last week visiting with students throughout New England. My first stop was at Boston Collegiate Charter School. For the second year in a row, 5th grade readers read A Girl Called Problem and then invited … Continue reading

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Black Girl Protagonists

Congratulations and kudos to fifth-grade reader  Marley Dias for exceeding her goal of  collecting 1,000 books with black girl protagonists to donate to her school in New Jersey and to the parish in Jamaica where her mom grew up. “I … Continue reading

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Tanzania’s 2015 Elections

If you’ve read A Girl Called Problem, then you know a good deal about Tanzania’s early political history. In fact, you should be able to tell a friend: When (what decade) Tanzania achieved its independence. Who Nyerere was. What ujamaa … Continue reading

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