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What if...

(that's how all good stories begin)

...what if two African children found themselves

with Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle

in England?

What if...

...more than a hundred years later,

an eight-year-old girl from Brooklyn met

the ghosts of those two children

while touring the castle?

That's just what happens in...

Zaria has dreamed of England for as long as she can remember—according to the many novels she’s read, everything magical happens there! When her grandfather suffers a stroke, Zaria and her mother head to London to help care for him. Zaria reads fantastic tales to her grandfather every afternoon, and she’s thrilled to discover that her cousin Winston shares her love of wands, wizards, and mythical creatures. But Zaria soon finds that life in London is actually quite ordinary—until she goes on a day trip to nearby Windsor Castle. There Zaria meets two extraordinary ghosts who need help finding their way back to the African continent they once called home.

THE GHOSTS IN THE CASTLE takes readers back in time to nineteenth-century England when two African children, Sarah Forbes Bonetta and Prince Alemayehu, were taken from their homes (in present day Nigeria and Ethiopia respectively) and “presented” to Queen Victoria. Although the children arrived at different times, this story imagines their ghosts jointly haunting Windsor Castle and arguing over the advantages and disadvantages of “a British education.” When Zaria meets the two ghosts, she is forced to reconsider the image of England presented in the fantasy novels she has read. With the help of her cousin Winston, Zaria helps to liberate the melancholy young prince from his final resting place.

In the era of Harry Potter,
THE GHOSTS IN THE CASTLE offers children important context for understanding the legacy of British imperialism, the ongoing struggle for equitable and accurate representation, and the universal desire to belong.

List Price: $7.00
6" x 9"
108 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1540357588
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Rosetta Press publishes books for children with the following objectives:
  1. To generate culturally relevant stories that center children who have been marginalized, misrepresented, and/or rendered invisible in children’s literature.
  2. To produce affordable, high-quality books so that families—regardless of income—can build home libraries that will enhance their children’s academic success.
  3. To produce a steady supply of compelling, diverse stories that will nourish the imagination and excite even reluctant readers.

All Rosetta Press titles can be purchased directly from my website,
and from online retailers like Amazon or Teaching for Change.
My books are also available from Baker & Taylor and Follett,
and can be ordered at any bookstore.
E-books are available in the Kindle Store.

Questions? Email me:
Good news!

Melena’s Jubilee made Betsy Bird’s list of the

Best Picture Books of 2016 &

100 Magnificent Children's Books of 2016!

And The Door at the Crossroads is a finalist for the

Cybils Award

in the Young Adult Speculative Fiction category!
On the road again...
My last trip of the year was to Washington, DC!
Here I am at the Carter G. Woodson Memorial.
I also visited the new
National Museum of African American History & Culture
with the New York Urban League!

I met with Executive Director Deborah Menkart
at the Teaching for Change office.
Deborah had me sign copies of MILO'S MUSEUM,
which was inspired by the NMAAHC.

She also gave my latest picture book a great review on the TFC website:
"Milo's Museum by Zetta Elliott is a beautifully illustrated, empowering story of a young girl (Milo) who is excited to go on a school field trip to a museum. Her grandfather explains, 'Museums hold all the things that people feel are valuable or important.' Imagine how Milo feels when she finds the museum offers little to no representation of African American history. Her follow up conversations with family members help give language to her frustration (and that of the readers'.) They also inspire her to take matters into her own hands, becoming the curator and docent of her own museum. We won't tell you the ending -- but suffice it to say that this story opens the door to age-appropriate conversations with young children about representation, institutional racism, youth activism, museum studies, lessons from family, and community engagement. It is also one of the all too few books that describes youth activism supported and informed by elders -- instead of in opposition to or isolation of adults."

Professor Ebony Elizabeth Thomas

at the University of Pennsylvania School of Education

named MILO'S MUSEUM one of the

Best Books of 2016 for Young Readers!

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Coming up:

I'll be presenting at the Schomburg Center's 5th Annual
Black Comic Book Festival on January 13th.

I'll also be on a panel at AWP's annual conference on February 9th:
"Making Space in Children's Publishing:
An Intersectional Feminist of Color Perspective

If you're in Washington, DC, come to our reading!

Bad Girls Do it Well--Flawed Female Young Adult Characters

Friday, February 10th
East City Bookshop

Your support made 2016 fantastic.

Wishing you all the best as we head into the new year!
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