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Light a Candle / Tumaini pasipo na Tumaini
Dual language (English & Swahili)
By (author): Godfrey Nkongolo By (author): Eric Walters Illustrated by: Eva Campbell
9781459817005 Hardcover, Picture book, Paper over boards, Printed dust jacket English, Swahili Juvenile: Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Africa Tanzania Oct 01, 2019
$19.95 CAD
Active 8.75 x 10.75 x 0.38 in 32 pages full color illustrations FSC certified – mixed sources C013314 Orca Book Publishers
Silver Birch Award Express 2020, Short-listed
Ngama climbs to light the way for a better tomorrow.

Co-written by Eric Walters and Godfrey Nkongolo, Light a Candle weaves non-fiction with fiction to tell the story of a boy coming of age in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro and his father, the chief of their tribe. The boy climbs the mountain against his father’s wishes to fulfill a request of the country’s first leader, Julius Nyerere, to light a candle on the top of the mountain and unify the mainland of Tanganyika and the islands of Zanzibar as one country, the United Republic of Tanzania.

Godfrey Nkongolo is a doctoral student in political science with extensive experience working in international and community development in Tanzania. One of his passions both within his studies and beyond is to promote African thought and to show the world that Africa has a message of hope even though the story of Africa that is most widely known is one of despair. He now lives in Toronto with his family.

Eric Walters began writing as a way to get his fifth-grade students interested in reading and writing. A Member of the Order of Canada, he has now published more than 100 novels and picture books. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

Eva Campbell was born in Ghana and spent her childhood in Barbados and Jamaica. She studied painting at the College of Art in Ghana (BA) and the University of Victoria (MFA). Eva has had numerous art exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Ghana, Barbados and Britain. She is the visual arts teacher at Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia.

Key Selling Points
A fictional story based on the founding of Tanzania.
A young boy, the son of the tribal chief, asserts himself and gains his own independence while simultaneously helping to signify the independence of his country.
Julius Nyerere was Tanzania’s first president, before he became the president of the newly independent country, he made the case for independence saying: “the people of Tanganyika would like to light a candle and put it on top of Mount Kilimanjaro which would shine beyond our borders giving hope where there was despair, love where there was hate, and dignity where before there was only humiliation.”
Eric Walters has been traveling to Kenya for over a decade. There he cofounded a children’s program called Creation of Hope that supports orphaned children in the Mbooni district.

Marketing and Promo Plans

Print and online advertising campaigns
Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
Blog and social media promotion
Outreach in Orca newsletter
Planned appearances at local writers festivals

“This beautifully illustrated bilingual picture book combines simple language with complex ideas about freedom, peace, and independence...Would work well as an addition to any home, school, or classroom library, or as part of a writing unit working with themes of bravery, wisdom, and determination. Highly Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“An informative story...Campbell's colorful and highly textured paintings capture the vastness of the terrain and the vibrancy of the characters’ patterned clothing...The importance of freedom in Tanzania comes through clearly.” - Kirkus Reviews

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