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My Heart Will Not Sit Down

Mara Rockliff, Ann Tanksley (Illustrator)


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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.

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780375845697, 40pp.

Publication Date: January 10, 2012

About the Author

MARA ROCKLIFF's recent books include "The Busiest Street in Town" (an IndieNext Pick); the Milo & Jazz Mysteries (an ALA Best New Books for the Classroom Pick); and "Get Real: What Kind of World Are You Buying?" She lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her family.

ANN TANKSLEY is a fine artist who graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University). She is the illustrator of the picture book "The Six Fools" by Zora Neale Hurston, and the creator of a series of monoprints based on the writings of Hurston titled, "Images of Zora," which Maya Angelou described as "dazzling." She lives in Great Neck, New York.