Category Archives: A Girl Called Problem

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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President Obama Calls for Empowering Girls in Kenya

As readers of A Girl Called Problem know, one of the central challenges faced by thirteen-year-old Shida in the novel is a traditional belief by some in her village that girls should not attend school. Even one of the teachers … Continue reading

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Picture Book Pairings for A Girl Called Problem

I love reading picture books and am a strong believer that young children shouldn’t be the only beneficiaries of this great body of literature. I know some wonderful teachers who will sometimes use picture books to introduce new topics to … Continue reading

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Author visits!

I had such a wonderful set of visits last week. First stop on my tour was a day with 5th graders at the wonderful Boston Collegiate Charter School. What an inspiring school community they have: ever-present, encouraging, extremely hard-working teachers; … Continue reading

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Book Tour Time!

I’m looking forward to a fun week! Thursday, I’ll spend the day with students at Boston Collegiate Charter School who have recently finished reading A Girl Called Problem. Visiting with students who have already read the book is always so … Continue reading

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Girl Power: The Key to Change

This is a guest post I wrote for the wonderful middle-grade blog, From the Mixed Up Files of…Middle Grade Authors, to celebrate the U.N.’s International Day of the Girl: International Day of the Girl October 11th marks an exciting day … Continue reading

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Growing Up With Ujamaa: An Interview

Interested in learning more about the history behind A Girl Called Problem? Following Common Core and looking for a nonfiction supplement to the book? I hope you’ll be as fascinated as I was with this first-hand account of what life … Continue reading

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