Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Heaven Shop

My daughter Jenna, a grade 5 student has chosen the Heaven Shop as a book to use for her book report. She has to compare and contrast life here and the a small town in Africa. I am also reading it so that I can help her with her work.
Malawi is a small, long narrow African country that surrounds Lake Malawi. It is bordered by Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania. It has been ravaged by HIV/AIDS like the other Sub-Saharan countries where 15 million people live with AIDS and 13 million children are AIDS orphans. Deborah Ellis's novel The Heaven Shop was written to dispel myths about this awful disease and to celebrate the courage of children who are coping with the tragic circumstances in which HIV/AIDS has placed them.