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My Heart Will Not Sit Down

Illustrated by Ann Tanksley
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers


Ezra Jack Keats Award Honor Book

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When Kedi hears about America's Great Depression from her teacher, her heart will not sit down. Men and women are unable to find work. Children are going hungry. In her teacher's village of New York City, people are starving because they do not have money to buy food. But can one small girl in Africa's Cameroon make a difference all the way across the great salt river in America?

"The narrative conveys a keen sense of Kedi’s compassion and determination to help, which, as the conclusion proves, is contagious." --Publishers Weekly

"Lovingly and inspiringly rendered." --Kirkus

"Far from the usual generic stereotypes of poor children in Africa . . . a terrific choice for cross-curricular sharing and discussion." --Booklist

by Mara Rockliff
Picture Book
Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
ISBN 978-0-375-84569-7

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