Usha and the Stolen Sun – Owlkids

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Usha and the Stolen Sun

By Bree Galbraith and Josée Bisaillon

From 5 to 8 | 32 pages

Usha lives in a town where the sun hasn’t shone for as long as anyone can remember. Only her grandfather remembers its brilliance and tells Usha stories about the time before other people took the sun away, building a wall to keep it all to themselves. So Usha decides to do something and sets off in search of the sun.

When at last Usha reaches the wall, she tries to kick it down, climb it, yell her way through it—but the bricks don’t budge. It’s only after remembering her grandfather’s words and hearing voices on the other side of the wall that cunning Usha changes her plan to make sure her voice is heard. She shares her grandfather’s stories, even the ones that rightfully make her angry, and piques the curiosity of the people on the other side until they are inspired to remove the bricks, one by one to better hear what Usha has to say.

Because Usha didn’t give up, they bring the wall down.

Inspired by the idea of civil discourse, this book offers a timely message of communication and compassion. Bree Galbraith, Josée Bisaillon
"Center[s] a brave, dark-skinned, South Asian girl determined to right an injustice, all in simple and appealing prose." - Kirkus Reviews
"Galbraith’s tale, inspired by a Rumi quote (“Raise your words, not your voice./ It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder”), calls for civil discourse over brash action." - Publishers Weekly
"The book offers a great opportunity to start a discussion about how to resolve conflicts, face bullies, and change the world." - School Library Journal
"A cheerful story, replete with vibrant illustrations and a message of optimism." - Booklist
"This story can make an impact on those that need to know that even their small voice can make a difference." - School Library Connection
"The message of overcoming prejudice and oppression through story is a worthy one." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This is a beautiful story that emphasizes the power of words over brute force." - The Tiny Activist
"Usha’s bravery and determination are a wonderful example for every young reader, as she demonstrates courage when speaking out and taking action for what is right, even when victory seems impossible." - Mighty Village
Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2020

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