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From The Lands of the Night

by (author) Tololwa Mollel

illustrated by Darrell McCalla

Red Deer Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2020
General, Other, Non-Religious, Africa
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2020
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Dec 2013
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Dec 2013
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 13
  • Grade: 3 to 8


In this story, the young girl Ra-Eli watches as her family agonizes over the illness of her baby brother Samson. When they approach a healer, the answer comes:

About the authors

Tololwa Mollel is a children's author, dramatist and storyteller, who has written sixteen books and several plays as well as stories that he created or adapted for performance. His books include award-winning titles such as Orphan Boy, Rhinos for Lunch and Big Boy, and My Rows and Piles of Coins. His books have been translated into various South African languages and into Korean. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

Tololwa Mollel's profile page

Darrell McCalla, graphic designer and artist, grew up in Jamaica, resulting in his use of a vibrant Caribbean-influenced palette of colours.
A past graduate of the Leeds College of Art, Yorkshire, England, McCalla works in acrylics and watercolours and now calls Mississauga, Ontario home.
His works can be found in private collections throughout Canada, USA and Jamaica.

Darrell McCalla's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"A new picture book from Tololwa M. Mollel is always cause for celebration. Though illustrators may change, the text will always be powerful and inspired and immersed in his African heritage. From Lands of the Night is no different, depicting the joy of community and tradition, culture and history. Though the story may reflect Tololwa M. Mollel's African (Tanzanian) heritage, the colours and vibrancy of Darrell McCalla's illustrations definitely have a warm Caribbean flavour. As such, From Lands of the Night may be more universal than initially thought, reflecting the similarity of stories told across regions."
— CanLit for Little Canadians

"From Lands of the Night, a book that celebrates people and their sense of community, regardless of where they may reside, is recommended for elementary school and public library collections. . . The illustrations by Darrell McCalla are definitely effective.
CM Magazine

"The kindness of ancestors and angels restores a helpless infant to health in this gentle story, beautifully illustrated with vibrant colors and vivid depictions of traditional African garments and customs."
Midwest Book Review

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