The story of a young Indian girl who decides to change things.
In a village in rural India, Latika, a courageous and determined young girl, takes advantage of the visit of a government representative to try to make one of her dreams come true: the construction of public toilets, which would allow her to attend school, even after reaching puberty.
This novel in free verse features a strong heroine and, with great sensitivity, exposes the effects of the lack of sanitation facilities on the life of women in some parts of the world.
• The impact of the lack of sanitation facilities on the life of women is treated poetically and on a child’s level
• A documentary text on the subject completes the work
• Numerous, colourful illustrations by a young Indian artist
Andrée Poulin, author
Andrée Poulin was born in Orleans, Ontario and today lives in Gatineau, Quebec. She has published approximately forty books and has been a finalist several times for the Governor General’s Award and the TD literary award, winning the latter in 2014 for La plus grosse poutine du monde.
Sonali Zohra, illustrator
Sonali Zohra is a young Indian illustrator born in Bangalore. She studied fine arts and photography and holds a Master’s degree in Design from the University of South Wales, in Australia. She is fully aware of the situation depicted in this novel. When she was small, she would often accompany her father, who worked for UNICEF India on projects concerning women’s health in rural areas.
- Andrée Poulin lève le voile sur un enjeu dont peu de jeunes d'ici ont pleinement conscience. - Valérie Lessard , Radio-Canada Ottawa Link to review
- Une histoire d'une grande sensibilité. - Charlotte Mercille, Journal Métro Link to review
- Le récit d’Andrée Poulin est magnifique. Elle a su aborder avec brio un sujet qui de prime abord fait rire ou sourire en un sujet qui fait réfléchir. - Denis Gratton, Le Droit Link to review
- Sélection des livres jeunesse de Communication Jeunesse, 2020, 9-11 ans
- Prix jeunesse des Libraires du Québec (Finaliste), 2020, 6-11 ans
- Prix Espiègle (Lauréat), 2020, 5 à 11 ans
- Prix Alvine-Bélisle (Finaliste), 2020
- Prix Tamarac (Finaliste), 2021
Rights Holder: la courte échelle
rights sold: French (Europe) / English (N. America) / Korean (South Korea)
rights available: World
age range: 9 years old and up
publication date: 10/01/2019
Original language of pub: French
Materials Available: finished book