Wanda the Brave by Sihle-isipho Nontshokweni

Meet Wanda with her glorious head of hair. Today, Wanda is excited to visit the salon and she knows the exact hairstyle she wants. Trouble looms when Aunty Ada, the stylist, applies a chemical relaxer on Wanda’s hair without her consent. The relaxer starts to itch and burns Wanda’s scalp. When Wanda and her new friend Nkiruka complain, Aunty Ada insists that the relaxer must stay on because a girl must suffer for beauty. But Wanda and Nkiruka disagree, they stand up, and show us how to speak up. Bold and zesty, Wanda the Brave is a celebration of black girl power and a reminder that courage and friendship is a mighty force. Wanda the Brave is an important sequel to Wanda (Jacana Media, 2019), coauthored with Mathabo Tlali, which went on to achieve bestselling status and, with its international release in the USA and Canada (Crocodile Books, 2021), won the Skipping Stones Honor Award.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sihle-isipho Nontshokweni is an award-winning writer, scholar, television presenter and public speaker whose contagious personality, fierce intellect and appetite for justice permeate every space she occupies. In the last decade, Sihle-isipho has travelled and shared her scholarship at universities in over 30 countries, including Peking University in Beijing, KU Leuven in Belgium, Universitat de Barcelona in Spain and the universities of Cape Town and Pretoria in her home country, South Africa. Her first book, the official best-selling Wanda, won the international Skipping Stones Honor Award (2021), and in the same year Sihle’s story Fly Afrika Fly was the World Read Aloud Day selection which reached over 3 million children in one day. Her work has been translated into 11 languages. Sihle-isipho researches, writes and hosts The Ultimate Book Show, launched at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (2021), and is the founder of Wanda World.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATORS
Chantelle and Burgen Thorne are internationally published illustrators with over 20 years’ experience in educational publishing. The two are now focusing on picture books for children with several more titles being released internationally this year. Avid readers themselves, they take great delight in the visual storytelling of picture books: of how art and text work together, adding to the reader’s experience. Both have fond memories of being read to as children and this inspires them to make their illustrations as engaging, honest and relevant to young readers as they possibly can – what a WANDAful way to spend one’s working day! They are represented by Paul Moreton of the fabulous Bell Lomax Moreton agency worldwide.of being read to as children and this inspires them to make their illustrations as engaging, honest and relevant to young readers as they possibly can – what a wonderful way to spend one’s working day! They are represented by Paul Moreton of the fabulous Bell Lomax
Moreton agency worldwide.