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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 118
Themes: Africa, crafts, activism, AIDS
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/Sep/2009
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Twelve-year-old Lacey loves spending time with Oma patake, an elder on her reserve who is like a grandmother to her. From Oma patake she is learning about the traditions of her people, the Siksika, including the art of beadwork. Lacey hears about a project to help grandmothers a world away in Africa who are raising their grandkids because the children's parents have died of AIDS. She decides to put her new skills to work and make beaded purses to raise money to help. When a charitable organization brings two of the African grandmothers on a visit to her country, Lacey is thrilled to learn that they have asked to see her. She is humbled when the African women tell her how her compassion and dedication have made a difference in their lives. Inspired by a true story.

Sue Farrell Holler traces the start of her writing career to elementary school when she regularly wrote to more than a hundred penpals. A genuine love of writing led Sue to journalism school, and she is now a freelance writer based in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

CM Magazine
"A story of remarkable courage and initiative in a young person who wanted to help others less fortunate."
Prairie Books Now
"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 [Lacey and the African Grandmothers]. which was inspired by a powerful real-life story."
Canadian Children's Book News
"Farrell Holder writes an inspiring story based on the true events of Lisa Jo Sun Walk's fundraising efforts for the Stephen Lewis Foundation's Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign...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."


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