I recently recieved this announcement from Wozo Books. The Call to Shakabaz looks like it could be a good read. They wrote:
“The Call to Shakabaz by Amy Wachspress is one of those rare books with cross-generational appeal, making it a fun read-aloud for the whole family. Offering a springboard for discussion with young people on topics such as how we treat others and our natural environment, the book is a terrific homeschooling tool. It won an iParenting Media Award 2007and was honored as a Finalist in the Childrenâ€™s Fiction Category of the National 2007 Indie Excellence Book Awards. Linda Rosengarten of Cheshire Books says: â€œReaders of all ages will not be able to put this novel down, right through to the unexpected, magical climax. The Call to Shakabaz provides a completely satisfying read, with a refreshing approach to the fantasy genre.â€ Bob Spear at Heartland Reviews recommends the book for reluctant readers because the book is so colorful and full of high action.
The Call to Shakabaz is unusual for the childrenâ€™s and young adult fantasy adventure genre because it features all Black characters. There are few books with any Black characters in this genre. Also, rather than using a gory violent battle scene to resolve the central conflict, the book demonstrates the fundamental principles of nonviolence as practiced by Dr. King and Gandhi. According to Wachspress, â€œThe opposite of violence is imagination. Violence occurs when we lack the creativity to come up with a viable solution to a problem or conflict.â€ Consequently, her young protagonists outsmart or transform their enemies instead of using violence against them. Nationally syndicated Black Talk Radio Host Bev Smith featured the book and Wachspress on her show and told her listeners: â€œThis is a childrenâ€™s book that is important for everyone to know about. I suggest you buy it and read it together with the whole family.â€
Amy Wachspress has a masterâ€™s degree in English Language and Literature. She and her husband, Ron Reed, have raised 3 children on 40 acres of remote forest in rural Northern California. For more information, visit the Woza Books website: www.wozabooks.com“.