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My Totem Came Calling
By (author): Blessing Musariri By (author): Thorsten Nesch



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Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


US school grade range 7 - 12
Sep 15, 2019
$18.95 CAD


8.2in x 5.1 x 0.6 in | 220 gr

Page Count:

176 pages
Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.
  • Short Description
When Chanda starts having visions of her totem animal, she visits her ancestral village looking for answers. There she meets her family and learns who she really is--not a superficial city girl with foreign habits, but someone who is somebody, whose name carries a history of her African people.
Chanda is a seventeen-year-old schoolgirl in Harare, Zimbabwe, who suffers from unexplained memory lapses, which become even more worrisome when she starts seeing her totem animal, a zebra, in all sorts of places. But nobody else can see it. Afraid of being institutionalized in a hospital, she follows the advice of an old aunt and sets off for her ancestral village, a backward, primitive settlement without the amenities she is used to in the city. But there she meets the rest of her family, including her grandmother, and learns the hard way who she really is--not a superficial, rich city girl with foreign habits but someone who is somebody, whose name carries a history of her African people.

Blessing Musariri has published four children's titles, two of which have won national awards. She writes short stories and poems, which have been published in various international anthologies and magazines. Some of her short stories were published in South African English textbooks for high schools, and have been translated for online magazines. She holds a Masters degree in Diplomatic Studies (with distinction) from the University of Westminster. She lives in Harare, Zimbabwe. Thorsten Nesch is an award winning German YA author. His first novel was nominated for Best German Debut. He has attended 1,500 readings at schools and in bookstores across Europe, and been on two tours on cruise ships. In 2017 he wrote and directed Derailed, a feature movie based on his novel. He lives in Lethbridge, Alberta, with his wife and children.

"A strong addition to any library collection. This book is intriguing travel fiction with hints of magical realism about a place and characters not usually seen in YA."
--School Library Journal

"...a lighthearted young-adult novel that adolescent Canadian readers would probably have an easy time relating to."
?Canadian Literature

"...well-written with a good sense of voice."?
?CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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