Posts Categorized: The Good Braider

  • Readers Write Viola’s Next Chapter

    Heather Flanders, ELL Specialist at Gorham High School in Maine sent me two stories.  She wrote, “I hope you are as moved as I was,” and I was. The stories were written by her students Amna and Megan, their own visions of the next chapter in my novel The Good Braider.   Amna is from…


  • Watch South Sudanese rapper’s tribute to The Good Braider

    This amazing musician of South Sudan and Portland, Maine, OD Bonny,  wrote this song for The Good Braider.   It’s called “A Girl from Juba.”  This is a wonderful, authentic  interpretation of the book, shot on the streets of Portland.   You have to hear.    

  • Braiding the Verse Novel: Margarita Engle

    “Braiding the Verse Novel”  is a series of interviews I did with writers of novels –  and one biography  – in verse.  We had our conversations over the summer of 2012. I’ve written articles about verse novels for School Library Journal and NH Writer which draw on these conversations in different ways.  Here, I’m posting the full responses from…


  • The Good Braider

    “In this free verse novel for young adults and adults, Viola’s strikingly original voice sings out the story of her family’s journey from war-torn Sudan, to Cairo, and finally to Portland, Maine. Selected as a Best Book of the Year by the American Library Association, Bank Street College of Education,  & School Library Journal; winner…