The 2012 One Book, One Philadelphia program features two companion book for children, teens, and family reading.

Featured Book

Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work - book cover

Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, by Edwidge Danticat

Celebrated Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat's Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work is a powerfully moving collection of essays and memoir that makes an impassioned case for immigrant writers to bear witness against oppression, sometimes imperiling their own and their readers' lives. Danticat's focus on the writing and reading of books that tell important truths make this an especially fitting selection for One Book, One Philadelphia's 10th anniversary year.

Companion Books

Taste of Salt: A Story of Modern Haiti - book cover

Taste of Salt: A Story of Modern Haiti, by Frances Temple

Through the stories of two Haitian teenagers–Djo, one of Jean-Bertrand Aristide's guards, and Jeremie, a young woman educated in a convent–Frances Temple paints a picture of two young people growing up in a politically turbulent Haiti.

Running the Road to ABC - book cover

Running the Road to ABC, written by Denizé Lauture and illustrated by Reynold Ruffins

This Coretta Scott King Award-winning picture book tells the tale of six Haitian children who start running–even before the sun comes up–to get to school. The colors and sounds of Haiti come alive as the children cross farms and villages, all for their love of learning.



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