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Kai: A Mission for Her Village (Girlhood Journeys)

by Dawn C. Thomas

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In Kai's tribe, women are not allowed to learn sculpting, but she secretly watches the sculptors and learns their secrets. When the tribe's yam crop is blighted, Kai's grandmother sends her and her sister to travel to another village to get help. It is a dangerous journey across Yourbaland, part of modern day Nigeria, and the sisters often do not get along. Like the other Girlhood Journeys books there is a surprise at the end that makes the young girl's dream possible. The book is poorly paced at times. The journey to the other village seems to take no time at all. Additionally, a description of some boy's behavior as "like clowns" jars the reader out of the book's setting. Given the flaws and lack of demand for this series, this books is unnecessary for collections. Still, historical fiction, or fiction in general that takes place in Africa is few and far between in children's literature, which might warrant not weeding this book. ( )
  MissyAnn | Oct 22, 2010 |
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In 1440, Kai lives in the Yoruba village of Ife, in what is now Nigeria. When a famine threatens the village, the king chooses Kai and her sister to seek help from the Yoruba in the North. They set out on foot, through dense forest and golden savanna. Along the way, they learn a great deal about their country and about themselves. Full color.

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In fifteenth-century Africa, Kai and her beautiful but lazy older sister Jamila undertake a perilous four-day journey to another Yoruba village, seeking help for their starving tribe after the blight of the yam crop.

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