The Courage of Elfina

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Twelve-year-old Elfina lives with her grandmother in Paraguay. When a distant relative offers to have Elfina come live with her in the city so she can attend school, Elfina’s grandmother sends her off for a better life. But life with her relatives isn’t what Elfina thought it would be, and soon Elfina finds herself far away from home, living in Canada, and kept as a domestic servant by the family. School and an education are now a distant dream. When Elfina’s uncle makes inappropriate advances toward her, she knows she must somehow find the courage to escape and return home. But who will help her?

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Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Graphic Novels, High/Low, Young Adult
Category Diverse Books: Immigration & Refugees, Diverse Books: #MeToo, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2020
Publisher James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2019-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF010000, YAF058170, YAF058240
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.5 x 8.5
Lexile 760
Features Original artwork and Reviewed


Kirkus Reviews

“A deceptively short read that casts needed light on a dark and dehumanizing practice.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: André Jacob

André Jacob is a former social work professor and has lectured on immigration, racism, and international development around the world. He's the recipient of the Rights and Freedoms Award from the Québec Human Rights Commission.

Illustrator: Christine Delezenne

Christine Delezenne iis an award-winning graphic designer and an illustrator. She is also the illustrator of The Little Yellow Bottle. Christine lives in Switzerland.