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Book details
  • SubGenre:Readers / Chapter Books
  • Language:English
  • Pages:70
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781734019834

Selah's Bridge

Small Hands, Big Change

by Zion Singh Ponder and Zephaniah Singh Ponder

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Selah and her best friend, Ami, look nothing alike and hail from very different neighborhoods, but that doesn't stop them from becoming best friends. They even mix and match their lunches, with Selah swapping her mom's homemade arroz con pollo for Ami's packaged cookies. The only snag in their friendship? Ami isn't allowed to cross the log bridge that spans from Meadow Park to Selah's neighborhood. According to her dad, Mr. Thrash, it's a dangerous place, full of criminals. Selah, of course, disagrees. She doesn't see danger; she sees neighbors walking down sidewalks and visiting Mr. Rodriguez's corner store. She doesn't see criminals; she sees kids of all backgrounds playing hopscotch together. On the day Ami defies her father and steps onto the log bridge, many things begin to break: Ami's arm, Selah and Ami's friendship, and the ties that once connected their two communities. What's more, Mr. Thrash becomes determined to build a fence between Meadow Park and Selah's "dangerous" neighborhood. Facing the prospect of losing her best friend and her favorite park, Selah takes action by tapping into her most valuable resource: her community. But can she gather enough support to defeat Mr. Thrash's proposal to build a fence? And will she ever mend the rift between herself and Ami? All she can do is speak her truth and count on people to see the humanity in others.
What happens when an adult with a score to settle tries to build a fence between your neighborhood and your favorite park? You try to build a bridge instead! At least, that's what twelve-year-old Selah Johnson does in Selah's Bridge, a Middle Grade chapter book which explores overcoming adversity, mending broken friendships, and creating positive change through community action. After Selah's best friend, Ami, falls off a slippery log that separates the two best friends' neighborhoods, Ami's father, Mr. Thrash, goes on a crusade to build a fence. Determined to protect his daughter from the "criminals" in Selah's neighborhood, he approaches the city council with plans to construct his fence. But Selah is not about to lose her best friend and her favorite park. She creates a counter-proposal—one for building a bridge across the river that divides the two neighborhoods. Navigating the occasionally frustrating twists and turns of local government, Selah attends city council meetings, draws up a petition, and rallies her neighbors to try and defeat Mr. Thrash's proposal. Will Selah's community triumph against Mr. Thrash's wealth and influence? Will Selah mend the gulf that has formed between herself and Ami? It all hinges on the kindness and humanity of people.
About the author
Zion Singh Ponder (8) is proud to be the co-chairman of Story To Tell Books. Zion loves reading, writing, swimming, gymnastics, and performing. In addition to working on Selah's Bridge, he also spends his time on stage! During the summer of 2019 he performed in Mago De Oz in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and in the Fall of 2019 he was in Milwaukee Youth Theater's Aladdin and was the youngest member of Black Arts MKE 2019 Black Nativity cast. Zion also sang in the choir of the official "We are the World" remake. Zion believes that everybody is equal, and that should be reflected in our reality!
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