By Sue Farrell Holler
Lacey and the African Grandmothers
Middle Grade Novel | Published by Second Story Press
Lacey Little Bird is a 12-year-old girl from the Siksika First Nation in Alberta, who likes to spend time with her grandmother.
When she learns North American grandmothers are sewing and selling purses to help African grandmothers, who are raising AIDS-orphaned children, Lacey asks permission to help. Lacey’s desire to use her talents to help others transforms her sense of self, and demonstrates how one person can make a difference.
The organization Lacey becomes involved with is the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s “Grandmothers to Grandmothers” program.
Inspired by a true story.
- Finalist 2011 Rocky Mountain Book Awards
- Honourable Mention 2010 Exporting Alberta Awards, Canadian Authors’ Assn.
Teacher’s Guide: A Teacher’s Guide for this title – and others in the Kids Power Series – is available from Second Story Press as a free download.
A wonderful recreational read as well as a useful classroom resource for literature circles, character development curriculum, citizenship and community studies.
– Judges’ Comments, 2010 Exporting Alberta Awards, Canadian Authors’ Association
Could it really happen?
It’s a question often posed by readers. Fictional stories need to have the ring of authenticity or readers, particularly young ones, likely won’t read them. There will be no questions asked about Alberta freelance writer Sue Farrell Holler’s book for young people, Lacey and the African Grandmothers, which was inspired by a powerful real-life story.
– Shirley Byers, Prairie Books Now
If you’re looking for a book to inspire young people to take action and make a difference in the world, this is definitely worth reading