Sunday, 15 May 2011

Refugee memoir book wins Children's Book of Honour

The Bite of a Mango, a memoir of a child refugee who comes to Canada to escape war in Sierra Leone, has won the Red Maple Award for non-fiction, one of several children's literature prizes given annually by the Ontario Library Association, USA.

The nice thing about this prize is that the award winners are selected by school children who read the finalists and vote for their favourite books.

The Bite of a Mango is narrated by a child refugee called Mariatu Kamara, who told her story with the help of Toronto journalist Susan McClelland. Though Kamara had her hands cut off by child soldiers who raided her village, she found the will to survive.

This book is a multiple award-winner and is recommended on reading lists around the world. Indeed, the book took the Norma Fleck Award for non-fiction from the Canadian Children's Book Centre earlier this year.

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