My Heart Will Not Sit Down by Mara Rockliff

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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 like Kedi make a difference all the way across the great salt river in America?

Inspired by true events, Mara Rockliff's gorgeous and accessible text matched with Ann Tanksley's vibrant and warm illustrations bring to life the remarkable story of one child's vision, passion, and dedication to make the world a better place.
 

About Mara Rockliff

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William Low is a much-lauded illustrator, author, and painter who has received numerous awards. His books include Chinatown and Old Penn Station. He lives in New York City. William Low is a much-lauded illustrator, author, and painter who has received numerous awards. His books include CHINATOWN and OLD PENN STATION. He lives in New York City.
 
Published January 10, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Downcast, Kedi returns to school, only to discover that her efforts to open the hearts of her neighbors have worked beyond her wildest hopes.

Dec 01 2011 | Read Full Review of My Heart Will Not Sit Down

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It takes place in a Cameroon village, where an American teacher tells his students that the Great Depression is worsening in his country, “far away across the great salt river.” His news that children were starving deeply affects Kedi, who knows hunger firsthand, and the girl’s “heart sto...

Nov 14 2011 | Read Full Review of My Heart Will Not Sit Down

Portland Book Review

In an author’s note at the end of the story, Rockliff explains that the book is based on a true story.

Jan 26 2013 | Read Full Review of My Heart Will Not Sit Down

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