{"id":8294408945901,"title":"Wings to Soar","handle":"wings-to-soar","description":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DETAILS BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridgemoves.com\"\u003e\u003cimg height=\"101\" width=\"80\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/charlesbridge-moves-logo-Oct2023.png?v=1697818304\" align=\"middle\"\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch6\u003eComing July 23, 2024. Pre-order today!\u003c\/h6\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/tina-athaide\"\u003eTina Athaide\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eI. Have. A. 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As they wait for him, Viva, her mother, and her sister get settled in camp and try to make the best of their life there.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJust when she is beginning to feel at home with new friends, Viva and her family move out of the camp and to a part of London where they are not welcome. While grappling with the hate for brown-skinned people in their new community, Viva is determined to find her missing father so they can finish their move to Canada. When it turns out he has been sponsored to move to the United States, they have to save enough money to join him.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTold in verse, \u003cem\u003eWings to Soar\u003c\/em\u003e follows a resilient girl and the friendships she forges during a turbulent time.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these: \u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/a-long-pitch-home\"\u003eA Long Pitch Home\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/bamboo-people\"\u003eBamboo People\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/the-importance-of-wings\"\u003eThe Importance of Wings\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eCharlesbridge Moves\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg height=\"127\" width=\"100\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/charlesbridge-moves-logo-Oct2023.png?v=1697818304\" align=\"left\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"padding-left: 20px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"padding-left: 20px;\"\u003eCHARLESBRIDGE MOVES offers exciting middle-grade and chapter-book adventures, science-fiction,\u003cbr\u003e \u003cspan style=\"padding-left: 20px;\"\u003e fantasy, historical and realistic fiction,mystery, and humor—sparking a curiosity to read more. 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Her debut middle grade novel, \u003cem\u003eOrange For The Sunsets\u003c\/em\u003e was awarded the Geoffrey Bilson Award by the Canadian Children's Book Council, and her picture book, \u003cem\u003eMeena’s Mindful Moment\u003c\/em\u003e, is a nominee in the Forest of Reading. Tina was born in Uganda and emigrated to London and then Canada. Nowadays, you can find Tina in Southern California where she lives with her family.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/tina-athaide\"\u003eRead more \u003c\/a\u003eabout Tina.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eComing soon!\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n \u003cp\u003eA displaced girl’s hope takes wing in this verse novel. \nThe year is 1972: Ten-year-old Viva opens the story by asserting that her name is not “refugee.” Expelled from their Kampala, Uganda, home by President Idi Amin, Viva’s family, who are of Goan Indian origin, end up in a resettlement camp in England. As Viva, Mummy, and her sister, Anna, try to understand their new lives, they wait impatiently for news of Daddy, who’s the family’s “hope holder” and meant to be joining them soon. They also dream of their eventual departure for Canada. The family’s story is underscored by racism, alienation, and upheaval, even as Viva sometimes discovers “little cups of happiness.” The refugee crisis of the Ugandan Asians is a tragic episode from history that’s rarely explored in children’s fiction. Athaide’s book starts with a lot of promise and has an interesting format that includes photographs, correspondence, and definitions of vocabulary interspersed among the poems (Viva is a logophile; she also has a fondness for Diana Ross). The book is at its strongest when the text describes Viva’s yearning for her family to be reunited and the hatred the refugees faced in a Britain where anti-immigrant feelings were on the rise; these segments are searing and honest. Unfortunately, the execution falters as the book progresses, and the writing in the later portions is not as strong.\nFriendship, family, and identity form the core of this heartfelt but uneven story. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBooklist\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n \u003cp\u003eIn 1972, 10-year-old Viva, her mom, and her sister (ethnically Indian and expelled from Uganda) arrive at a refugee camp in England, awaiting her father and emigration to Canada. But Dad is forcibly detained, so the family relocates to Southall in London, where anti-Asian sentiment prevails. Schoolyard taunts, bricks through their window, and racist flyers from the National Front (eerily, \"Make Britain Great Again!\") make this placement intolerable. Throughout the family's travails, Viva is kept afloat by her spunky attitude, her fascination with new words, and her love of Diana Ross' music. Athaide's semiautobiographical novel-in-verse is told with understanding and grace, and even readers unfamiliar with Idi Amin's politics will come away with an appreciation for the difficulties faced by those he displaced. Lighter moments and a few good friends help to mitigate Viva's trauma, but Britain's rampant xenophobia comes through unmistakably. The mostly free-verse poems help to move the story along quickly, and sections arranged by month are illustrated with period photos. 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Her debut middle grade novel, \u003cem\u003eOrange For The Sunsets\u003c\/em\u003e was awarded the Geoffrey Bilson Award by the Canadian Children's Book Council, and her picture book, \u003cem\u003eMeena’s Mindful Moment\u003c\/em\u003e, is a nominee in the Forest of Reading. Tina was born in Uganda and emigrated to London and then Canada. Nowadays, you can find Tina in Southern California where she lives with her family.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/tina-athaide\"\u003eRead more \u003c\/a\u003eabout Tina.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eComing soon!\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n \u003cp\u003eA displaced girl’s hope takes wing in this verse novel. \nThe year is 1972: Ten-year-old Viva opens the story by asserting that her name is not “refugee.” Expelled from their Kampala, Uganda, home by President Idi Amin, Viva’s family, who are of Goan Indian origin, end up in a resettlement camp in England. As Viva, Mummy, and her sister, Anna, try to understand their new lives, they wait impatiently for news of Daddy, who’s the family’s “hope holder” and meant to be joining them soon. They also dream of their eventual departure for Canada. The family’s story is underscored by racism, alienation, and upheaval, even as Viva sometimes discovers “little cups of happiness.” The refugee crisis of the Ugandan Asians is a tragic episode from history that’s rarely explored in children’s fiction. Athaide’s book starts with a lot of promise and has an interesting format that includes photographs, correspondence, and definitions of vocabulary interspersed among the poems (Viva is a logophile; she also has a fondness for Diana Ross). The book is at its strongest when the text describes Viva’s yearning for her family to be reunited and the hatred the refugees faced in a Britain where anti-immigrant feelings were on the rise; these segments are searing and honest. Unfortunately, the execution falters as the book progresses, and the writing in the later portions is not as strong.\nFriendship, family, and identity form the core of this heartfelt but uneven story. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBooklist\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n \u003cp\u003eIn 1972, 10-year-old Viva, her mom, and her sister (ethnically Indian and expelled from Uganda) arrive at a refugee camp in England, awaiting her father and emigration to Canada. But Dad is forcibly detained, so the family relocates to Southall in London, where anti-Asian sentiment prevails. Schoolyard taunts, bricks through their window, and racist flyers from the National Front (eerily, \"Make Britain Great Again!\") make this placement intolerable. Throughout the family's travails, Viva is kept afloat by her spunky attitude, her fascination with new words, and her love of Diana Ross' music. 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Wings to Soar

 

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By: Tina Athaide

I. Have. A. Name.

"These rich, vivacious lines combine an insistence on self with undaunted hope. A supreme heart-changer."
-Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor, National Book Award, Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, and Coretta Scott King Award Winner

It's 1972 and Viva’s Indian family has been expelled from Uganda and sent to a resettlement camp in England, but not all of them made the trip. Her father is supposed to meet them in London, but he never shows up. As they wait for him, Viva, her mother, and her sister get settled in camp and try to make the best of their life there.

Just when she is beginning to feel at home with new friends, Viva and her family move out of the camp and to a part of London where they are not welcome. While grappling with the hate for brown-skinned people in their new community, Viva is determined to find her missing father so they can finish their move to Canada. When it turns out he has been sponsored to move to the United States, they have to save enough money to join him.

Told in verse, Wings to Soar follows a resilient girl and the friendships she forges during a turbulent time.

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Tina Athaide, author

Tina Athaide is an educator and children’s book author who writes stories to capture the texture and richness of a wide scope of cultural experiences, recent or distant, with the hope to open readers’ hearts. Her debut middle grade novel, Orange For The Sunsets was awarded the Geoffrey Bilson Award by the Canadian Children's Book Council, and her picture book, Meena’s Mindful Moment, is a nominee in the Forest of Reading. Tina was born in Uganda and emigrated to London and then Canada. Nowadays, you can find Tina in Southern California where she lives with her family.

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Kirkus Reviews

A displaced girl’s hope takes wing in this verse novel. The year is 1972: Ten-year-old Viva opens the story by asserting that her name is not “refugee.” Expelled from their Kampala, Uganda, home by President Idi Amin, Viva’s family, who are of Goan Indian origin, end up in a resettlement camp in England. As Viva, Mummy, and her sister, Anna, try to understand their new lives, they wait impatiently for news of Daddy, who’s the family’s “hope holder” and meant to be joining them soon. They also dream of their eventual departure for Canada. The family’s story is underscored by racism, alienation, and upheaval, even as Viva sometimes discovers “little cups of happiness.” The refugee crisis of the Ugandan Asians is a tragic episode from history that’s rarely explored in children’s fiction. Athaide’s book starts with a lot of promise and has an interesting format that includes photographs, correspondence, and definitions of vocabulary interspersed among the poems (Viva is a logophile; she also has a fondness for Diana Ross). The book is at its strongest when the text describes Viva’s yearning for her family to be reunited and the hatred the refugees faced in a Britain where anti-immigrant feelings were on the rise; these segments are searing and honest. Unfortunately, the execution falters as the book progresses, and the writing in the later portions is not as strong. Friendship, family, and identity form the core of this heartfelt but uneven story.

Booklist

In 1972, 10-year-old Viva, her mom, and her sister (ethnically Indian and expelled from Uganda) arrive at a refugee camp in England, awaiting her father and emigration to Canada. But Dad is forcibly detained, so the family relocates to Southall in London, where anti-Asian sentiment prevails. Schoolyard taunts, bricks through their window, and racist flyers from the National Front (eerily, "Make Britain Great Again!") make this placement intolerable. Throughout the family's travails, Viva is kept afloat by her spunky attitude, her fascination with new words, and her love of Diana Ross' music. Athaide's semiautobiographical novel-in-verse is told with understanding and grace, and even readers unfamiliar with Idi Amin's politics will come away with an appreciation for the difficulties faced by those he displaced. Lighter moments and a few good friends help to mitigate Viva's trauma, but Britain's rampant xenophobia comes through unmistakably. The mostly free-verse poems help to move the story along quickly, and sections arranged by month are illustrated with period photos. Heartfelt and deeply satisfying, this should open minds to our shared humanity.

Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-62354-431-7

Ages: 10 and up
Page count: 352
51/2x81/4

Publication date: July 23, 2024