The Courage of Elfina
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?
|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|
|Publisher||James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers|
|Imprint||Lorimer Children & Teens|
|Number of Pages||64|
“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.