Why No Goodbye?

October 11, 2019|
Why No Goodbye?
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•Co-winner of the 2018 Leapfrog Fiction Contest. •Book should be pitched to middle schools and high schools throughout the country. Fortify Rights would help to ensure the book has a space in the regional area where the novel is set. Children need to learn about a world they know nothing about.
•It should be pitched to libraries, which the author has an excellent record doing. Previous YA novel in verse, Ronit and Jamil, has found its way into many libraries in America, and in other parts of the world.
• Since the publication of Ronit and Jamil, author’s focus as a writer has been on literature which reflects the political and social climate of our times, books which reflect our current culture, in hopes that they can impact and possibly change a reader’s vision.
Why No Gooodbye? started as a response to the horrific news reports about the treatment of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. At the time, two years ago, the author’s daughter was working on search and rescue missions in the Adaman Sea, for people who were trying to escape to Indonesia and Malaysia. As with those traveling to the US from Central and South America today, no one embarks on such a treacherous journey to cross borders unless their lives are threatened and living conditions are untenable.
• The author researched the politics of the region and started correspondence with Fortify Rights, a human rights organization in that area. The proceeds of the sale of the sale of one of her previous books went to Fortify Rights, and she hopes to do the same again.
•An interesting side story: The cover photograph is of a Rohingya boy who has fled from Myanmar and is safely over the border, currently in a refugee camp, waiting for his mother to join him—exactly the opposite of the boy in this book (used with permission and model release). The photographer is in contact with him and will see that he receives copies of the book.
•Current relevance: The Rohingya crisis is ongoing, and is one of many crises and mass migrations of people currently; and it will only become worse as climate change accelerates loss of resources (e.g., water) and conflict.
• This book is unique in its combination of a teen boy’s POV, it being an epistolary novel told through a series of letters, a novel in verse, and a mother/son story—that is an unusual focus.• Author’s previous novel in verse was very successful, received many reviews including in trade journal (Booklist, PW, SLJ, Kirkus, and Horn Book) and elsewhere, and was well-publicized. That book also received a blurb from Jacqueline Woodson.

Title:Why No Goodbye?Format:Kobo ebookPublished:October 11, 2019Publisher:Leapfrog PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1948585073

ISBN - 13:9781948585071

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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