Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 8
- Grade: p to 4
Usha lives in a town where the sun hasn’t shone for as long as anyone can remember. Only her grandfather remembers its brilliance and tells Usha stories about the time before other people took the sun away, building a wall to keep it all to themselves. So Usha decides to do something and sets off in search of the sun.
When at last Usha reaches the wall, she tries to kick it down, climb it, yell her way through it—but the bricks don’t budge. It’s only after remembering her grandfather’s words and hearing voices on the other side of the wall that cunning Usha changes her plan to make sure her voice is heard. She shares her grandfather’s stories, even the ones that rightfully make her angry, and piques the curiosity of the people on the other side until they are inspired to remove the bricks, one by one to better hear what Usha has to say.
Because Usha didn’t give up, they bring the wall down.
Inspired by the idea of civil discourse, this book offers a timely message of communication and compassion.
About the authors
BREE GALBRAITH is a UBC Master of Creative Writing graduate and author of award winning titles, Once Upon a Balloon (Orca 2013), and Milo and Georgie (2017). Usha and the Stolen Sun is Bree’s third book, and several more follow in the coming years, including the Wednesday Wilson series (Kids Can Press 2020-22). She lives in the heart of Vancouver with her family, where when she’s not writing, she’s definitely outside enjoying the wonders of the west coast.
Josée Bisaillon a illustré plus de trente-cinq livres pour enfants et créé de nombreuses illustrations pour des magazines et des journaux. Elle a été finaliste au Prix littéraire du Gouverneur général à deux reprises et a remporté le prestigieux Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award pour The Snow Knows. Il s’agit du quatrième ouvrage de Josée avec Orca, après My Head in the Clouds et Bedtime 123 écrit par Eric Walters, un succès de librairie. Elle vit en banlieue de Montréal avec sa famille.
- Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens
"Usha and the Stolen Sun highlights the good in people during a time when children need to be reminded that there is more that unites us than what may appear to divide... This story works on many levels."
Youth Services Book Review
"This is a beautiful story that emphasizes the power of words over brute force."
The Tiny Activist
"The book offers a great opportunity to start a discussion about how to resolve conflicts, face bullies, and change the world."
School Library Journal
"Usha’s bravery and determination are a wonderful example for every young reader, as she demonstrates courage when speaking out and taking action for what is right, even when victory seems impossible."
"The message of overcoming prejudice and oppression through story is a worthy one."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Galbraith’s tale, inspired by a Rumi quote (“Raise your words, not your voice./ It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder”), calls for civil discourse over brash action."
"This story can make an impact on those that need to know that even their small voice can make a difference."
School Library Connection
"Center[s] a brave, dark-skinned, South Asian girl determined to right an injustice, all in simple and appealing prose."
"A cheerful story, replete with vibrant illustrations and a message of optimism."