Tag Archives: Africa

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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Nyerere is Back!

Tanzanians recently elected a new president, John Magufuli, and people are excited. Magufuli grew up herding cattle for his poor family, and he seems bent on putting a stop to corrupt spending. Right after he was sworn in, Magufuli slashed … 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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Books about Africa for Young Friends

A Girl Called Problem got a brief but complimentary mention recently in Monica Edinger’s wonderful Horn Book article entitled, “Books about Africa.” Edinger is the author of the recently released and very well-received Africa Is My Home: A Child of … Continue reading

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Skype Chat with Friends Select School

Friends Select Middle School in Philadelphia adopted A Girl Called Problem as their core summer reader. I had the good fortune to chat with students over Skype this last week. We talked about the book, living in Tanzania, and my … Continue reading

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The Story Behind the Cover

Ever wonder what’s behind some of your favorite book covers? Who was the artist? Is that a real or Photoshopped setting? Did the author get a say in how the model looked? I recently wrote a short piece about the … Continue reading

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