J. L. Power’s AMINA named 2016 USBBY Outstanding International Book

AMINA, (Through My Eyes series), published in Australia, a story set in Somalia, has been recognized by USBBY – United States Board on Books for Young People – as one of the top international books for middle-grade readers.  In this fast-paced novel, young Amina, struggles to help her family survive as civil war continues to destroy her community, school, and family piece by piece.  She begins to create her own artwork in the streets, which is strictly forbidden, but this expression echoes throughout the secret underground and provides a voice for all who seek peace and as they work for a better future.  An in-depth review will be posted soon on The Pirate Tree.amina

J.L.Powers, author and editor, originated The Pirate Tree as a place where books that reflect social justice issues can become known to readers of all ages. J.L. Powers commented that “some (international) stories are invisible … because they don’t come packaged the way Americans/Europeans expect or typically desire … they are different enough that westerners don’t even “see” them.”  USBBY is one organization that works to make these important books more visible.  For a complete list of 2016 Outstanding International Books – and I promise you will be amazed at the power and beauty of these books – go to USBBY’s website.

1 comment for “J. L. Power’s AMINA named 2016 USBBY Outstanding International Book

  1. January 18, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Congratulations, Jessica! What a wonderful and well deserved honor!

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