Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away
Publication Date: August 2011
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the June 2011 Indie Next List
“'Haunting' and 'eye-opening' only begin to describe Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away. Blessing may only be 12 years old, but she speaks to us through her wise, yet innocent eyes about the upheaval of her family and her world in Nigeria. Forced from a comfortable urban setting in Lagos to the poverty-stricken, rural world of her mother's family, Blessing is without anchor except for the brother she would give her life for. This story of survival and the fight for dignity will linger long after you have finished reading.”
-- Lynn Riggs, Books & Company, Oconomowoc, WI
Twelve-year-old Blessing and her brother are forced to leave their home in Lagos to live with their mother's family in a small village. Blessing's grandmother soon becomes her mentor, teaching her the ways of the midwife in rural Nigeria.
Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com
- Ezikiel and Blessing share a special sibling bond. How did it change when they moved from Lagos to Warri? Do you think there was anything that Blessing could have done to save Ezikiel?