I Came From the Water

People, Identity & Culture
Social Justice
Vanita Oelschlager, Mike Blanc
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Vanita Books
People, Identity & Culture
Social Justice

The story is based on the experiences of Moses, an eight year-old boy and resident of St. Helene’s orphanage in Haiti. As an infant, he was plucked from the waters of a nearby river, having been placed in a basket. The rest of his family perished in floods that wiped out their upland village in 2004. After the earthquake of 2010 destroyed Port-au-Prince and much of the surrounding area, the orphanage was flooded with a new wave of parentless boys and girls. Moses helped these children adapt to their new lives and in so doing, displays a fearless hope and determination that may lead to Haiti’s renewal as a self-supporting nation.

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Hello, Universe

Erin Entrada Kelly

A disaster leads Kaori, Gen, and Valencia on an epic quest to find missing Virgil. Through luck, smarts, bravery, and a little help from the universe, a rescue is performed, bullying behavior is put in its place, and friendship blooms.

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