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The Courage of Elfina
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The Courage of Elfina

By André Jacob, Illustrated by Christine Delezenne, Translated by Susan Ouriou

$24.95 Hardback
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IBBY Honour List 2020

Twelve-year-old Elfina lives with her grandmother in Paraguay. When a distant relative offers to have Elfina come live with her in the city so she can attend school, Elfina's grandmother sends her off for a better life. But life with her relatives isn't what Elfina thought it would be, and soon Elfina finds herself far away from home, living in Canada, and kept as a domestic servant by the family. School and an education are now a distant dream. When Elfina's uncle makes inappropriate advances at her, she knows she must somehow find the courage to escape and return home. But who will help her?

"Brings the plight of modern slavery to teens in a character they'll surely find relatable."

- Booklist Online

This slight volume packs considerable punch, laying bare the peril tens of millions of marginalized children face every day. A worthy acquisition for school and public libraries.

- Steven Thompson, Sadie Pope Dowdell Library School Library Journal

"An eye-opening book that makes this difficult topic and social issue understandable to middle graders and teens."

- Global Literature in Libraries Initiative

"The simplicity of the text and the combined illustrations create a powerful, accessible narrative in explaining child labor and human trafficking to kids and teens."

- Global Literature in Libraries Initiative

Knowledge and awareness are critical components when trying to solve any problem, and this small but powerful novel arms its readers with information which they may use to confront the issues of forced domestic labour.

- Ann Ketcheson, retired teacher CM: Canadian Review of Materials

The Courage of Elfina is an engaging tale to teach young readers about forced child labour right here in Canada.

- Montreal Review of Books

"The words and pictures interlace seamlessly: a variety of large and small panels highlight both the spatial limitations of Elfina's world and her fantasies of escape … Christine Delezenne's two—colour illustrations are filled with movement and information, as well as glimpses of Elfina's humour and cheeky resistance."

- Joanne Findon Quill and Quire

A deceptively short read that casts needed light on a dark and dehumanizing practice.

- Kirkus

The Courage of Elfina packs a big punch for a small book. I would recommend it for school and public libraries.

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ANDRÉ JACOB's career has been oriented towards social practices in the face of racism and discrimination. He is a former professor at the School of Social Work at Université du Québec à Montréal and has been a guest lecturer on immigration, racism, and international development around the world. He is the recipient of the Rights and Freedoms Award from the Quebec Human Rights Commission and a Heritage Excellence Award from Canadian Heritage. He is also a professional visual artist and vice-chairman of the Artists for Peace. André lives in Mascouche, Québec.

CHRISTINE DELEZENNE is a graphic designer and an illustrator. She integrates various elements in her art — drawings, textures, collages and photos. She received the prestigious Elizabeth Cleaver Award, offered by IBBY Canada for the illustrations in La Clé. She is also the illustrator of The Little Yellow Bottle. Christine lives presently in the region of Zurich in Switzerland.

SUSAN OURIOU is an award-winning literary translator of more than 40 works. She has been shortlisted or awarded the Governor General's Award for Literary Translation, the John Glassco Translation Prize, and France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for her work as a translator, interpreter and writer. Several of her translations for children have been on IBBY's annual Honour Lists. In addition, Susan helped found the Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC) and was the founding editor of the bi-annual translation review TransLit. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Hardback, 64 pages
Publication Date: 5th March 2019
ISBN: 9781459414198
Format: 8.5in x 9.5in
100+ 2-colour illustrations

BISAC Code:  YAF010000, YAF058100, YAF058170, YAF058240
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 12 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 4.0
Lexile Reading Level: 760L


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