The Leopard Behind the Moon


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$16.99  $15.80
Greenwillow Books
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6.33 X 8.1 X 1.02 inches | 0.89 pounds

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About the Author

Mayonn Paasewe-Valchev was born in Liberia, where she was exposed to a culture of oral storytelling at a young age. She lived in the Netherlands for several years, where she learned to stuff her klompen (wooden shoes) with carrots and developed a love for reading stories--especially tales written by Roald Dahl and Astrid Lindgren. She is the author of The Leopard Behind the Moon and a junior novel retelling of Marvel's Black Panther. She lives in Washington, DC, with her family.


"A boy and his best friends embark on a pilgrimage that delivers bittersweet life lessons in a richly rendered, West African-inspired world. . . . Paasewe-Valchev's prose is captivating, smooth, and poetic in its delivery of this fresh and layered narrative. With well-timed, fluid pacing, this novel masterfully deals with themes of friendship, family, loss, and hope. Readers will be engrossed from start to finish. A beautifully rendered coming-of-age story." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"[A] wondrous tale of the village of Sesa, the unusual boy who lives there--and magic enough to change them both. . . . Combining adventure, cautionary tale, and folklore, the narrative includes many side stories and intertwined histories. . . . Making use of many characteristics found in West African oral traditions (call and response, repetition, proverbs, etc.), this tale is a joy to read both silently and aloud." -- Horn Book Magazine