Where's Jamela? by Niki Daly


Where's Jamela? by Niki Daly

Mama and Gogo are tremendously excited about the new house they are moving to, but Jamela likes where they are and doesn't want to go. She starts putting her books and school things into a box, but eventually gives up, packs herself away and goes off to sleep. And just when the big truck is about to drive off, Mama suddenly shouts, Wait, wait! Where's Jamela? Mrs Zibi, Greasy Hands and even Christmas the chicken make an appearance in this delightful new African township story in which Jamela finally discovers that there's no place like home.


Jamela wasn't happy about Mama's plans. She loved their old house with its squeaky front gate to swing on. She loved her bedroom window and the world she saw out of it. -- from the book

About the Author

Niki Daly

NIKI DALY has won many awards for his exuberant work. His groundbreaking Not So fast Songololo (1986), winner of a U.S Parent's Choice Award, paved the way for post-apartheid South African children's books. Since then, he has been published across the globe and has visited and presented talks in several countries. Among his many Frances Lincoln books, Once Upon a Time was an Honor Winner in the US Children's Africana Book Awards of 2004. Jamela's Dress - first in the Jamela series - was another milestone book, chosen by the ALA as a Notable Children's Book and by Booklist as one of the Top 10 African American Picture Books of 2000, and winning both the Children's Literature Choice Award and the Parent's Choice Silver Award.

Niki lives with his wife, the illustrator Jude Daly, in Mowbray, a bustling Cape Town suburb.

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Book Info


32 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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Publication date

31st December 2012



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