Wanda Stands Strong

Mathabo Tlali and Sihle Nontshokweni (text) & Chantelle and Burgen Thorne (illustration)

Jacana Media

South Africa

Children’s book

This book will be released in October 2021.

Shay Heydenrych

Book written in English; it will also be available in Afrikaans, isiXhosa and isiZulu.
World rights available

Meet Wanda, with her glorious head full of hair.

She is proud of her hair, having learned Grandma’s hair secrets to know that it is indeed her crown.

Wanda’s trip to the local hair salon presents her with an opportunity to stand strong and brave in the face of any challenge.

Wanda first appeared in the bestselling Wanda (ISBN: 9781431428854).

Mathabo Tlali was born and bred in the Eastern Cape and has the yearning to understand and engage the thoughts and realities of others through various artistic and digital platforms. A thespian at heart, she is a practitioner who currently engages the form of contemporary performance in order to translate her ideas; writing, directing, physical performance and producing are her key areas of interest. She is currently completing her second undergraduate major in sociology at Rhodes University after completing her primary major, drama and performance studies. She seeks to explore intersectional ways of connectivity between the past, present and future more so pertaining to identity politics within the performance and academic space.

Sihle Nontshokweni is a PhD candidate at KU Leuven. Her research is focused on the successes and failures of school desegregation in post-apartheid South Africa. Prior to that, she lived in China, completing a master’s at Peking University where she studied the aspirations of African migrant entrepreneurs living in Guangzhou, South of China. She has a deep interest in how racialised contexts affect identity and aspirations. Sihle is an avid reader, is passionate about creating positive content through YouTube and her personal blog sihlesapplecrunch.com. She is a lover of adventure and fitness, having completed a marathon and the popular Cape Cycle Tour.

Chantelle and Burgen Thorne are internationally published illustrators with over 20 years’ experience in educational publishing. Their most recent focus has been on picture books for children for which they have several titles published. Avid bookworms themselves, they take great delight in the visual storytelling of picture books, art and text working together, every word and every image adding to the reader’s experience. Both have fond memories of being read to as children and this inspires them to make their illustrations as engaging, honest and relevant to young readers as they possibly can – they believe in the magic of children’s books! They are represented by Paul Moreton of Bell Lomax Moreton agency.

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