New Voice: Hena Khan on Amina’s Voice

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Hena Khan, a well-published picture book author makes her novelist debut with Amina’s Voice (Salaam Reads, March 2017). From the promotional copy:

A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family’s vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community.


Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight.

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New Voice: Andrea Page on Sioux Code Talkers of World War II

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Andrea M. Page is the first-time author of Sioux Code Talkers of World War II (Pelican Publishing, 2017). From the promotional copy:

In World War II, code-making and code-breaking reached a feverish peak. The fabled Enigma Cipher had been broken, and all sides were looking for a secure, reliable means of communication.


Many have heard of the role of the Navajo Code Talkers,

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New Voice: Michael Merschel on Revenge of the Star Survivors

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Michael Merschel is the first-time author of Revenge of the Star Survivors (Holiday House, 2017). From the promotional copy:

Middle school meets the Dark Side in this painfully funny survival story of social misfit Clark Sherman. 


When Clark crash-lands on the inhospitable planet of Festus Middle School, he soon learns the natives don’t take kindly to newcomers .

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New Voice: Author-Illustrator Suzanne Del Rizzo

By Gayleen Rabakukk

While a well-published illustrator, Suzanne Del Rizzo celebrates her authorial debut with My Beautiful Birds, which she also illustrated (Pajama Press, March 2017). From the promotional copy:

Behind Sami, the Syrian skyline is full of smoke. The boy follows his family and all his neighbours in a long line, as they trudge through the sands and hills to escape the bombs that have destroyed their homes.

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New Voices: Sarah Johnson on Crossings

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Sarah Johnson is the first-time YA author of Crossings (Cedar Fort, 2017). From the promotional copy:

Eliinka has been able to hide her deepest secret…until now. Her only choice is to make a perilous crossing to a foreign land where she’ll discover the truth about a powerful legend and the hope for peace after centuries of conflict.

Immerse yourself in this enchanting fantasy world and take heart in Eliinka’s journey of sacrifice,

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