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“A fine addition to children’s literature about refugees, resettlement, and resilience.”
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Wherever I Go

Written by Mary Wagley Copp
Illustrated by Munir D. Mohammed
Published by Atheneum Books

Of all her friends, Abia has been at the Shimelba Refugee Camp the longest–seven years, four months, and sixteen days. Papa says that’s too long and they need a forever home. Until then, though, Abia has something important to do. Be a queen. Sometimes she’s a noisy queen, banging on her drum as she and Mama wait in the long line for rice to cook for dinner. Sometimes she’s a quiet queen, cuddling her baby cousin to sleep while Auntie is away collecting firewood. And sometimes, when Papa talks hopefully of their future, forever home, Abia is a little nervous. Forever homes are in strange and faraway places–will she still be a queen? Filled with hope, love, and respect, Wherever I Go is a timely tribute to the strength and courage of refugees around the world.

Primary ISBN: 9781534419193
Available As: Hardcover, Audiobook
Picture Book, Age 04 or older

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Setting: Ethiopia, United States

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Refugee

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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