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Second Story Press: Spring 2020

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My Name is Konisola
By (author): Alisa Siegel
9781772601190 Paperback, Trade, Adhesive bound English Juvenile: Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Adoption Canada Mar 17, 2020
$10.95 CAD
Active 5.25 x 7.5 x 0.44 in | 1 gr 176 pages Second Story Press
In a land of strangers, a new family can be found.

On a freezing cold winter night, nine-year-old Konisola and her mother step off a plane in Canada. Their home in Nigeria is no longer safe for them, and they are taking the biggest chance of their lives to travel across the world in search of refuge. Soon after they land, disaster strikes, Konisola’s mother falls ill and they become separated. Konisola is forced to fend for herself in a strange country, with no family and no friends. Then she meets a remarkable nurse and things begin to change for the better. But Konisola's future remains uncertain. Will this new life she has found be taken from her? Inspired by a true story.

Alisa Siegel makes radio documentaries for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Her work has been recognized with many international awards. Over the past 20 years, Alisa has produced stories on subjects as varied as the underground railroad for refugees in Fort Erie, daring women artists in 1920s Montreal, the return of the trumpeter swan, Canadian nurses in World War I, and violence in elementary school classrooms. She lives in Toronto with her family.

Inspiring story of how a community came together to care for a refugee child who was alone in North America, far from her home in Nigeria.

Helping to reflect stories of both immigrant and refugee experience for children: the difficulty of adjustment, finding supports, missing home.

Based on a true story.

CBC Radio will re-run author Alisa Seigel's radio documentary about Konisola, which inspired the book.

Link to the radio documentary:

Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians. 

Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.

Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media.

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"Based on a true story, My Name is Konisola is a beautiful and emotional example of what it should look like for those who come to Canada seeking a safe place to live their lives. Spoiler alert: have tissues handy!" - Allison Giggey, CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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