Dear Haiti, Love Alaine

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite 

Publisher Information:  Toronto, Canada:  Inkyard Press, 2019 

Summary:  When a school presentation goes very wrong, Alaine Beaupariant finds herself suspended, shipped off to Haiti and writing the report of a lifetime.

You might ask the obvious question: What do I, a seventeen-year-old Haitian American from Miami with way too little life experience, have to say about anything?  Actually, a lot.

Thanks to "the incident" (don't ask), I'm spending the next two months doing what my school is calling a "spring volunteer immersion project".  It's definitely no vacation.  I'm toiling away under the ever-watchful eyes of Tati Estelle at her new nonprofit.   And my lean-in queen of a mother is even here to make sure I do things right.  Or she might just be lying low to dodge the media sharks after a much more public incident of her own...and to hide a rather devastating secret. 

All things considered, there are some pretty nice flirting with Tati's distractingly cute intern, getting actual face time with my mom and exeriencing Haiti for the first time.  I'm even exploring my family's history---which happens to be loaded with betrayals, superstitions and possibly even a family curse.  You know, typical drama.  But it's nothing I can't handle.  

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Links of Interest:

Author website:  

I'm Your Neighbor: Children's Books Featuring New Arrivals and New Americans:  HERE

We Need Diverse Books:  HERE 

1000 Black Girl Books Resource Guide:  HERE

World Fact Book - Haiti:  HERE

Ministere de la Culture et de la Communication Haiti:  HERE  

Haiti Ministry of Tourism:  HERE

Haiti Cultural Recovery Project:  HERE


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