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August 2022 Juvenile Fiction

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    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient: Y Lexile measure: 760L
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    For sale with exclusive rights in: ROW Not for sale in: AU NZ
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By (author): Michelle Kadarusman
Michelle Kadarusman


Pajama Press - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Printed dust jacket
Hardcover , Printed dust jacket


Juvenile: Age (years) 8 - 12, Grade (CAN) 3 - 7, Grade (US) 3 - 7
Aug 16, 2022
$23.95 CAD


8in x 5.5 x 0.75 in | 360 gr

Page Count:

224 pages


1 Maps
Pajama Press Inc.
Pajama Press
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Apes, Monkeys, etc.
Children’s / Teenage social issues: Environment and green issues|Children’s / Teenage fiction: Nature and animal stories|Children’s / Teenage fiction: School stories|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Games|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Diversity and inclusion|Interest age: from c 8 years
Junior Library Guild selection 2022, Commended
  • Short Description

From the Governor General’s Award-nominated author of Music for Tigers and Girl of the Southern Sea, a passionate story about environmental activism, difficult choices, and the cost of doing the right thing

An honest and stirring novel about the choices made by young environmental activists, and the balancing act between consequence and triumph

Malia has had a privileged upbringing in Indonesia, but since her Indonesian father died, her Canadian mother wants to return to her own family on the other side of the world. Malia is determined to stay. Indonesia is her home, and she loves it. Besides, if she leaves, how can she continue to fight for her country’s precious rainforests?

Ari knows he is lucky to be going to school and competing on the chess team, even if it means an endless round of chores at his uncle’s restaurant. Back in his home village, he and his cousin Suni dreamed about getting a chance like this. But now he is here without her, and the guilt is crushing him. As if that weren’t enough, he’s horribly worried about Ginger Juice, his uncle’s orangutan. The too-small cage where she lives is clearly hurting her body and her mind, but where else can she go? The rainforest where she was born is a palm oil plantation now.

In Berani, Governor General’s Award finalist Michelle Kadarusman spins together three perspectives: Malia, who is prepared to risk anything for her activism, Ari, who knows the right path but fears what it will cost, and Ginger Juice, the caged orangutan who still remembers the forest and her mother. The choices the young people make will have consequences for themselves, for Ginger Juice, and for others, if they are brave enough—or reckless enough—to choose.

  • Like Malia, Michelle Kadarusman is Indonesian on her father’s side. She lived in Indonesia for many years and had a personal experience with orangutan rescue (which is shared in the author’s note)
  • Girl of the Southern Sea (2019), also set in Indonesia, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and an honor book for the Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature and the NCTA Freeman Book Award. It was a finalist for two regional reader’s choice awards, a USBBY Outstanding International Book, a Bank Street Best Book, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and a Rise: A Feminist Book Project List selection.
  • Music for Tigers (2020) was a USBBY Outstanding International Book, a Junior Library Guild Selection, a Washington Post KidsPost Summer Book Club selection, and an honor book for the Green Earth Book Award. It won the Northern Lights Book Award and was a finalist for four regional reader’s choice awards. It earned four starred reviews.
  • Middle-grade readers crave themes of environmental activism, especially regarding preservation of a charismatic species like orangutans.
  • Ari competes in chess tournaments, a hook given extra popularity by The Queen’s Gambit.
  • The chapters from the perspective of Ginger Juice the orangutan are told with a powerful and unique voice
  • The economic, ecological, and political issues surrounding palm oil are explored with nuance and sensitivity
  • Includes a map of Indonesia, a glossary, supplementary information about orangutans, and an author’s note.

Michelle Kadarusman grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and also lived many years throughout her father’s homeland of Indonesia before moving to Canada in 2000. Her books have earned numerous nominations, including the Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Ontario Library Association Silver Birch Awards, and the Green Earth Book Award. Her novels include The Theory of Hummingbirds, Girl of the Southern Sea, and Music for Tigers. Her first picture book, Room for More, published in 2022. Michelle now lives in Toronto, Canada and Byron Bay, Australia. 

Praise for Berani

2022 Junior Library Guild selection

2022 Quill & Quire “Our Environment: A Helping Hand” Feature

2022 The Children’s Book Council “August: Hot Off the Press” feature

A stirring introduction to the plight faced by orangutans.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The expansive story, nimbly told from both human and orangutan viewpoints, gives glimpses into different class, race, and even species experiences while introducing readers to life in Indonesia and the plight of the orangutans…A compelling call to action and a crucial reminder that, while doing what is right is not always easy, it is always worthwhile.”—Booklist

“Berani by Michelle Kadarusman is a perfect book for international schools… A fantastic read that shows kids (and readers of all ages) to believe in their values and that they, too, can change the world.”—The International Educator

“This author was a Governor General’s Award finalist for her 2019 book, GIRL OF THE SOUTHERN SEA, and I will pick up anything she writes. Still, the stunning cover of BERANI designed by Peggy Collins will draw readers to this story told from three different points of view that focus on environmental activism in Indonesia...These three perspectives weave together into a moving and inspiring story about standing up for what you believe.”—Kathie MacIsaac

“Michelle Kadarusman’s latest middle grade book, Berani, was a great read… Each voice is unique, and each story is connected to the other…I look forward to reading it again.”—Book Time

Michelle Kadarusman always writes from the heart. The love she has for the places she writes about is evident throughout all her stories and none more than in Berani...If you enjoyed The One and Only Ivan, put Berani on your TBR list. I think you will love it even more.”—Storytime with Stephanie

“What an awesome book! ... [Michelle Kadarusman] has such a talent for creating worlds…this book was a treasure to read.”—Mrs. Book Dragon

“Berani by [Michelle Kadarusman] captivates, inspires, and gives hope. This tale takes you to Indonesia through three perspectives interwoven with culture, environment, and character growth.”—@westmaplemedia

“This fine novel, set in Indonesia is a story of activism and animal rights, choices and consequences…my guess [is] it will be on several Canadian award lists in the year ahead.”—Dr. Larry Recommends

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Music for Tigers Michelle Kadarusman 9781772780543 $22.95 CAD Apr 28, 2020
Girl of the Southern Sea Michelle Kadarusman 9781772780819 $19.95 CAD May 02, 2019

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